40 Days Tips and Tricks: Questions and Decisions

Take time to deliberate;
but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in."
Napoleon Bonaparte

I was going to post some practical professional questions I found on the internet to ask ourselves while
de-cluttering, but it was just all so stupidly generic and magaziney-ish I thought "OH how dumb".

I'm a mom just like you, so here are my unprofessional REAL-LIFE thoughts when I am making
decisions to rid my house of something:

-Do I want this in my house anymore?
-Where the heck did this come from and why is it in my house?
-Do I love this toy for my children? (Was it just a gift that I would never have bought, or did I make
a mistake thinking it would be hit and it's plain old dumb.)
-Do they play with it often?
-Do I like this shirt or do I never wear it because my bra straps always show and bug me or
the sleeves are too short, or some other annoying thing?
-Do these pants make my butt look big? Or do they make my butt look bigger than it already is?
-Will my child look like a rag-a-muffin wearing this?
-Will he/she EVER wear this in spite of my attempts to force them into it?
-Does it have stains?
-Do I want to dust this for the rest of my life?
-Do I want to look at this for the rest of my life?
-Is this really me or do I feel I need to keep it out of obligation?
-Do I use this daily, weekly, or monthly?
-How long will it be before anyone even notices it is gone?
-Will I be able to sleep at night if I get rid of this, or will I be racked with guilt?
-Do I really need more than one of these?
-Do I swear at this thing a lot? (Like a small lamp that was in my kitchen once that shocked me all
the time. Or that battery toy that never shuts off and drones on and on and on? So long, sucker.)
Or more eloquently put, I always keep this quote in mind:

Have nothing is your house that you do not know to be useful,
or believe to be beautiful.
william morris


  1. This list made me giggle! Loved it!

  2. I am looking for your original post on the 40 bags of trash. I can't find it. I remember you discussed your spiritual renewal at the cleansing too.