Step 3 of How to GYST — RE-ASSESS

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This is probably the hardest step of all but, if you took my advice and started small enough, it really shouldn’t be all that demanding. Nonetheless, reasonably difficult decisions will have to be made.

Whatever area you’ve chosen, now’s the time to get serious with it. You’ve already removed any junk, but now you have to go through each thing and decide how necessary it is.

I’m using the word “necessary” here pretty loosely because, let’s face it, there are very few things in life that are absolutely NECESSARY. What I mean by it is anything that you use on a regular basis, or anything that you absolutely love. The rest can go.

Let’s return to our previous example of the wardrobe clear-out. (This is one I’m currently working on and struggling with. Clothes are my bag, baby.) In step 2, you got rid of everything that was worn beyond repair, or everything you hated or just didn’t need anymore (here’s looking at you, maternity jeans). It was a quick run-through to get you warmed up. But if you’re anything like me, you’re about to go through an almighty “maybe” pile.

You need to go through everything individually and decide if it’s staying or going. I can’t hold your hand for this part, but you need to tap into your inner drill sergeant. You have to be as honest with yourself as you can. Some questions to ask include:

— Have you ever used it?
— Are you every likely to use it (again)?
— Have you had the chance to use it but chose something else instead?
— Do you have more than one?
— Would someone else benefit from having it?

QUOTE - Have nothing in your house


It’s a personal thing. One man’s trash, an’ all that. If you genuinely think it’s a treasure, keep it. But maybe it doesn’t need to be in your wardrobe. Or on your desk. Or lying in a heap on the floor. Maybe it could go into a lovely storage box in the attic.

This step is something I rarely get right first time. It’s hard to let go of things. That’s OK. Sometimes I need to repeat this step several times (often days or weeks apart), but I usually find something else to get rid of each time. Just keep whittling.

You should find at this stage that your burden is at least 30% lighter. That’s about a third of your shit gone, and the rest of your shit TOGETHER.

High fives all ‘round.

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