This Decluttering Pro’s 10-Percent Method Will Help You Pare Down Guiltlessly

Here’s the thing about stuff—even when we don’t need it, it’s easy to become attached to it, assign meaning to it or feel guilt about getting rid of it. Gifts from loved ones or an expensive purchase you regret but can’t return can weigh you and your home down.

So, what do you do when you feel like you can’t part with anything you own—even when you have multiples that you don’t need? According to Ann Lightfoot, co-founder of mother-daughter decluttering business Done & Done Home, when her clients are struggling to get rid of things that are alike, she has them follow what we’ll call the 10 percent method.