Decluttering is having its heyday. All over the world, thrift store shelves are full of donations, clothing drawers have never looked so tidy, and people everywhere are scrutinizing items to see whether they spark joy. Thanks to organizing guru Marie Kondo and her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” decluttering has gone from a mundane task to a trending social circle conversation topic.
Whether or not you’ve read the “magic” book, lessons from this theory can be easily adopted and practiced in your own home. And while we do find value in her clothing folding-and-storing, we believe the same philosophy can, and should, be used on the recyclable metal items around your home as well.
A key philosophy of this book is, instead of choosing what to discard, choose what you want to keep. While at first this may seem like simply a variance in semantics, it can have a significant impact on what you hang onto. Take that partially-broken ladder on the side of your house, for example. Sure, you may not necessarily choose to discard it, but would you choose to keep it?
YODO (you only discard once).
We like this takeoff from the popular “you only live once (YOLO)” motto. It means that when a bike or metal swing set have run their course and are no longer usable, it’s unfavorable to simply place the item out of sight and/or in storage, only to have to deal with them again later. Bringing them in to our Phoenix metal recycling center right away takes you from “out of sight, out of mind” to “out of sight, peace of mind.”
And, yes, consider JOY.
This part of Kondo’s philosophy that instructs the reader to keep only the items that, when held, spark joy has been the victim of more than a few jokes and scoffing. However, we think this holds true for metal items also. Think about the unused metal piping or wiring you’re hanging onto for a “someday” project. When you hold some in your hand, chances are you might feel guilt or annoyance rather than excitement or hope. If that’s the case, it’s a good indication that you’ll feel better once it’s turned in at Davis Salvage and you can enjoy the open space it once employed.
Renowned author and organizational expert Peter Walsh often remarks how, without fail, children who enter a newly-opened and emptied room will dance. There is a powerful surge of positivity that comes with creating open and uncluttered space in your home or workplace. He says, “Clutter isn’t just the stuff in your closet. It’s anything that gets between you and the life that you want to be living.” This can be true for clutter of any size, whether the mail on your countertop, or your unused BBQ, fencing, or appliances.