A professional organizer shares her decluttering secrets. 

By Marla Christiansen
December 20, 2018
Vivian Johnson Photography for Shira Gill Home

Decluttering your home is a notoriously difficult task. What makes it so hard is that decluttering isn't just about stuff—it's also about emotional baggage and unfinished business. Regardless of our desire to simplify our homes and lives, our attachment to objects can make it difficult (or near-impossible even) to let them go. Part of the challenge is that we tend to ask ourselves the wrong questions when deciding what to keep and get rid of. We ask: “Could this be useful one day? Did someone give this to me? Did I pay a lot of money for this item?” Instead, Shira Gill, a professional organizer known for her transformative closet makeovers, asks us to think differently. “These questions are rooted in guilt, obligation, and fear,” she says, “and will provide you with the justification to keep just about anything!”

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If you find yourself struggling to let go of clutter, it could be that you’re just asking yourself the wrong questions, Gill explains. Ready to kick your clutter to the curb? Gill recommends asking yourself the five questions below instead. 

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