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Essential Objects: A Critical Item That Is a Needed Necessity For Daily Living

An ESSENTIAL item is one that is absolutely necessary and considered extremely important to our daily lives. Essential items contribute to our reality by bringing comfort and practicality. They can range from our basic needs such as clothing to gadgets that assist us with daily living tasks. These vital objects will most definitely be objects to be kept in our homes. However, this is the category where we may find ourselves with an excess amount of essentials, particularly in our kitchen and linen cupboards. When we PICK our ESSENTIAL objects pay close attention to what is really needed. Filter your choices by asking yourself the Rightsize Questions to assist you in this process. To Keep or Not To Keep client Monica had this to say about ESSENTIAL items: ‘I thought this would be easy as everything was essential! Seriously, I didn’t realise how much extra I had hiding in my dining room cupboards. I really only needed one six-piece dinner set and one special set for when the extended family come for Christmas Dinner. The rest I donated to my local charity store.’

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An Introduction to Object Classification

In The Rightsize Approach PICK is the fourth stage of The 6Ps and it is where we begin the process of Object Classification. This is the HOW part of the Rightsize Ratio. PICK is when we choose an object and categorise it according to how we feel about it and/or how and when we use it. PICK uncovers our true reasoning behind why we are living with a particular object. 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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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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The Rightsizing Ratio

When Rightsizing your life the concept of clutter management has traditionally been one of randomness and in some cases chaotic in its approach. We use the Rightsizing Ratio to anchor our thinking into segments that will assist in creating order to this process. The Rightsizing Ratio encases our project in a three-tier structure, where each of these segments are in proportion to the amount of effort needed to support each action. When Rightsizing our WHY is at the centre of all we do. Although its segment is smaller it is the core of our intention. Adopting this decision-making technique enables us to proceed to the next layer, our HOW. Exploring the HOW will enable us to implement our actions and will reduce the stress of our WHAT. This is WHAT we will keep and WHAT objects we will let go, which is the vastest segment of the Rightsizing Ratio.

 

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