Once you’ve chosen your starting point, it’s time to get down to sorting. Whether you’re dealing with clothes, music, art, toys, books, or tech, going through and deciding the fate of each item (that was likely precious to you at one time, if not now), can be challenging. Give yourself room to think and stay organized. Start by finding a large open space when you can clearly sort items into piles. Pick up each item and decide whether it is still in use, a seasonal item that will be used again, or an item that no longer serves its purpose or “brings you joy” (thanks, Marie Kondo).
The seasonal items can be stored in less accessible places (like upper cabinets or in the garage or basement), while the frequently used items should obviously stay prioritized in terms of accessibility. Remember that those items you don’t use or get value from frequently don’t have to be “worthless” – unless they’re in bad condition, they may be able to bring joy to another friend or family member, or be useful to a charitable organization in your community. Giving something to someone who needs it makes letting go much easier!