You are about to start a major remodeling project and this is the stimulus to help you jettison surplus stuff, like a snake sloughing its old skin. You are stoked, but where to begin? How do you decide what to keep and what to throw away? One approach is to apply the basic principles of Feng Shui.
To help you make decisions while sorting through your possessions, ask yourself these questions.
DO YOU LOVE IT?
Whether the item is a book, a picture or a piece of furniture, if the item makes you feel good and happy then it is a keeper. If you have never liked the item, but feel guilty about getting rid of it because it was given to you by a friend or family member, now is the time to let it go. Keep the feeling of gratitude, but lose the item. Do not keep anything that you think is ugly or has negative thoughts attached to it.
IS IT USEFUL?
If an item serves a useful purpose and is something you use on a regular basis, then it has earned its place in your home. If it has been lying in a drawer forever “just in case”, you can certainly manage without it.
IS IT BROKEN?
There is no point keeping something that is broken unless you are willing to fix it.
IS THIS REALLY ME?
Does the item reflect who you are now or is it something you have simply had for a long time and never really thought about? When you surround yourself with items of meaning that make your heart sing, your home will become a joyful place. Think of this time of sorting before you remodel as a kind of wellness ceremony. If each item that you keep holds good memories and feelings, your new environment will become a place of harmony and deep satisfaction.