Organizing Tip: Item Usage Hunts

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Quick, when’s the last time you used…

Ever wonder how you use your belongings?

Here are a few item usage “hunts” that you can do for a few minutes at a time, at any time of day to help you better see what you really use on a daily basis.

What you’ll need:

  • A timer, watch or stopwatch
  • Small pieces of colorful tape, circular dots, sticky notes or a digital camera
  • Notepad and pen, or an electronic device for taking notes

Item Usage Hunt #1

  1. Choose a room in your house to work in.
  2. Set the timer for five minutes.
  3. Do a quick scan of the room — what items do you use frequently or on a daily basis?
  4. Working quickly, mark what you use frequently by using your stickies, take a photo of items with your digital or simply write down the items on a notepad. For example, let’s say you are working in your bedroom. You might mark off your pillow, bed, comforter, bathrobe, etc.

Item Usage Hunt #2

  1. Choose a room in your house to work in.
  2. Set the timer for five minutes.
  3. Do a quick scan of the room — what items do you use rarely?
  4. Working quickly, mark what you use rarely by using your stickies, take a photo of items with your digital camera or simply write down the items on a notepad if items are in dead storage or currently inaccessible.

Finished? Now it’s time for some reflection. You don’t necessarily have to act today on what you discover, but you might want to keep these items in mind, particularly if you are interested in decluttering, streamlining, or just making your living space(s) a more comfortable in the near future.

Reflection questions to ask yourself after your hunt(s):

  • What were easier to identify…items that you frequently use or items that you rarely use?
  • What items were more plentiful…items that you frequently use or items that you rarely use?
  • Of the items that you frequently use, are there any that you truly enjoy using, or is their usage based only on functionality?
  • Of the items that you use rarely, can you identify why you use these items rarely? Are these items seasonal in nature, or perhaps there are some other reasons involved (i.e. the items are broken, you don’t particularly like them, etc.).

 

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