1. Natural human motivation suggests "Things have to be easier to put away then they are to get out" because we have much less motivation to do that last part.
2. If someone's habit is to drop a certain item in the same place everyday, clear that space and make it where the item lives full time. Otherwise you're just fighting an uphill battle.
3. Clear and organise your OWN space first before asking others to sort theirs. It'll make the request seem a lot more reasonable.
4. Our children look to us for guidance. Just as we teach them to eat their greens, and practice their spelling words, so must we teach them the concept of allowing stuff to flow both in and out of our lives and homes.
5. When deciding whether to send something to an op shop ask yourself ' would I ask a friend to pay $5 for this item?'
6. Aim to own a few items that have many functions. Not own many items that have one function each.
7. When you're looking to buy an item ask yourself 'is this adding another job to my life? And if so, do I have time for another job? How will I feel if this item ends up sitting on the shelf unused after 6 months?'
8. The cost of an item is more than just it's ticket price. It includes lost opportunity cost, time, upkeep and your own focus and energy. Be a savvy shopper.
9. Everyone has everyday mess. The kind that changes often and is tidied up quickly. If there is stuff that's been hanging around for ages, that's an indication that there are some tricky decisions to be made about the items. It's wise to get help with sorting that kind of clutter.
10. Use your special things everyday. Don't keep them squirrelled away and boxes so they don't get scratched. Life's too short!
11. Special items and heirlooms lose their meaning after you're gone. Preserve stories by capturing photos of some of the items and writing about their significance. Your decendents may not want the obligation of looking after a box full of family knick-knacks but they'll be fascinated with a photo book instead. Bring alive the history and human-interest!