The Secret to a More Intentional Home

Updated: Feb 19

On a scale of 1 to 5, how much do you need to declutter? Here are some tips for cleaning up.

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The Disorder Scale

5 ⚖ Important items whose place in your home is non-negotiable. This includes things like photos, business files, office equipment and car.

4 ⚖ Items that are difficult to replace and items you use every day. This pile includes clothes, some furniture, a favourite sheet set, towels and jewelry.


Items you use occasionally but haven’t used within the last six months.


Items you rarely use but feel hesitant to toss.


Items you never use, like seasonal items, specialized tools or kitchen gadgets, extra wrapping paper, old boxes, etc.

Do you know what most of you will find when you use this scale? There are rarely items in your home that rate a 2 or 3. And once you establish some criteria, you can sort and purge the 2s and 3s. As you sort your less important items, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I love it?

  • What’s the special story behind it?

  • Do I have the space for it?

  • Can I replace it?

  • Can I easily borrow it or rent it if I need it again?

  • Does it support my goals and values?

  • Does it compare to the items I ranked as a 5?

The clutter scale is a great way to get back in touch with your priorities. If that priority is working from home and that is of great importance to the bigger goals for instance, you can simply let go of anything that doesn't support it.

Learn to organize your life and stuff based on your values. You can learn to collect experiences — not things.

As you declutter and rank your possessions, don’t forget to take a few minutes to think about your goals and values. You’ll find your home to be much more intentional and peaceful when you do.