Keep

Our KEEP items are our belongings that we identify with and they will stay in our homes and lives. Marie Kondo, the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and more recent host of her Netflix show Tidying Up, uses the term ‘Spark Joy’ to describe objects to be kept. Her simple method recommends that you should only keep the items that give you the ‘spark joy’ feeling. Things that we love, find useful and use often will be a part of our keep items.

My first Rightsizing project started in December 1998 and took till June 2000 to complete so we could sell the property. My husband said to me, ‘You can keep anything you like.’ This is how I started by separating all the items that I wanted to KEEP. This project took eighteen months to Rightsize his belongings and is an ongoing curation process. As we minimised these belongings we felt stronger within ourselves but also within our own relationship. Together we had the courage to face this epic task one day at a time, box by box, carload by carload. Every little bit contributed to the solving of this wicked problem. We still believe today that if we survived emptying that shed we could just about survive anything! So far so good, still happily married after fifteen years and yes, we still own a lot less than at this time in our lives! When we KEEP items that we identify with and that provide us with the most happiness, joy, usefulness and value we will quickly be able to determine those items that do not align with these statements of acceptance.

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Object Classification

Object Classification is the category we assign an item from a list of ten headings. When we have an understanding of what an object means to us and we know its classification we can make choices relating to ‘keeping or not keeping’ this object in our lives.

The ten Object Classifications are the following headings: Essential, Luxury, Significant, Given, Sentimental, Heirloom, Recreational, Seasonal, Legacy and Maybe. If we know what something means to us we are better able to understand why we need to keep it. It gives us a representation of what are the most valuable things we own. The Rightsizing Rule for this process is if an object is placed into two or more classifications it will be immediately become a ‘keep item’. You will appreciate this classification process when we come to our Rightsizing solutions in Chapter 11. We will be able to use the classification headings as a way to embrace our project strategies.

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SORT AND SEPARATE

When we divide something, it is the basic action of separating something into parts. By breaking down our tasks into smaller segments we can feel more in control and less overwhelmed. When we find ourselves overwhelmed we can become distracted and this can cause  interference with our project. We want to minimise our distractions whilst we are sorting so we can maintain focus and do exactly what we have planned to do in our scheduled time frame. If we look at the room our project is being conducted in as whole, we want to view the items in this space as separate components. The components are all the objects in this project area. We are now acting on the decisions we have made relating to the belongings we identify with and those we are now ready to let go. Once we know WHAT will be kept, this object can either stay in the room or be relocated to a better-suited place in our house. If we no longer identify with this item we need to address where it should go and what we will do with it. During this process our NOT KEEP items that are similar can be grouped together. As we search and sort through our belongings we will be focusing on the categories of SELL, DONATE and RECYCLE. Collating our possessions using the Division Of Objects Framework will allow for swift sorting, quick decision making and success in achieving the balance over belongings instantaneously!