A serious contender for why clutter and disorganization occur is an inability to easily make decisions about where to put things and what things to keep.

  • How do you decide where to put your stuff?
  • What stuff do you not know where to put it away?

If this is a challenge for you, try the D.E.C.I.D.E. model to determine what to do with items that are cluttering your environment:
D define when and where you use the item.
E = establish the criteria for whether or not to keep the item (i.e. do you use it, do you love it, is it beautiful. etc.).
C = consider all the alternatives of not keeping the item (i.e. can you borrow it or easily replace it later if you do need it).
I = identify the best placement for where to keep the item based on use.
D = develop and implement a plan of action for clearing the clutter.
E = evaluate and monitor the placement of your things and adjust/relocate when necessary.
The more often you practice and exercise the decision making part of your brain, the easier it will become to make decisions about your stuff.


  1. Janet Barclay on December 15, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Good system! Don't acronyms make it so much easier to remember things?

  2. Linda Samuels on January 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Hi Anne-

    Love the graphic AND the system to cue us what to do, what to ask, and most importantly, how to decide!

  3. Anne on January 19, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Janet and Linda, Acronyms and pictures are key to helping my brain remember what to do. Maybe because I'm a visual learner 🙂 Thank you for chiming in1

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