Ask MeFi: What questions help you with organizing and decluttering?

When you’re decluttering, organizing, or prioritizing, what questions do you use?

Decluttering and organizing books sometimes recommend questions like:

When’s the last time I used this?

Do I already have one of these?

Does this spark joy?

And, of course, the Getting Things Done system uses questions like:

Is it actionable?

What’s the next step?

What questions help you declutter, get organized, and set priorities?


Good food

Grace Stone Coates (1931), “Wild Plums“: “I knew about wild plums twice before I tasted any.” Benjamin Rosenbaum (2001), “The Orange“: “An orange ruled the world. It was an unexpected thing …” Shing Yin Khor (2018), “Say It with Noodles“: “I have forgotten how to speak two languages. But I have learned this one.”