January 8, 2014
How to Declutter and Simplify Your Life
I have been de-cluttering like crazy for the past month. Yes, that photograph is my SUV loaded up with stuff to take to Goodwill – seats down and full. Dealing with outgrown kids’ clothing, baby stuff, and other items that are taking up space in the basement has been my focus. We have a large, unfinished basement so it’s easy to just stick stuff down there, but I want to know what’s down there and only keep stuff that is necessary. Whatever you need to focus on to get things pared down and get you to a place that gives you room to breathe, start de-cluttering. It’s so enlightening and best of all it doesn’t cost a thing. Heck, you might even make some money by doing it! Keep reading to see the steps I use to get moving on clearing out the stuff.
- Use the new year as a starting point – chances are you have a sudden need or urge to organize and get rid of stuff – use it to your advantage and get started!
- Sort in bins, compartments, bags, whatever – just sort!
- My favorite sorting categories? KEEP (because you love it and use it) TOSS (because no one else could use it because it’s worn or broken) DONATE (because someone else could use it)
- Remove yourself from the situation – pretend that you are looking through a friend’s pile of clutter. Would you tell them to keep, toss, or sell/donate?
- When it comes to what you will do with the sell/donate items, you need to decide – is it worth your time to sell the items? or is it more valuable to donate and have the tax deduction? I sell large items (furniture, baby items) on Craigslist and I donate smaller items that are a big time suck to sell (like baby clothes, books, etc.) Please note: you might have lots of luck selling clothing in garage sales or online, but I haven’t in my little neighborhood, that’s why I say it’s a time suck. Hours spent folding, bagging, labeling, and pricing to only watch it sit on a table untouched for 2 days isn’t worth it for me.
- Work FAST! Working slowly leaves time for second thoughts and slows down your momentum.
- Plan for it – I have clutter on the daily calendar – that’s because I need to deal with it daily to keep it away. Would this help you too?
- Set your timer – take 5-15 minutes every day to deal with a little (or a lot) of your clutter. Take care of the mail as soon as it enters your home and do a quick de-clutter before you go to bed to keep things neat and tidy.
Have you been dealing with clutter on a daily basis to get rid of it and keep it away or are you avoiding it right now? Take a couple minutes every day to work through it if you aren’t already. You’ll be surprised at how good getting rid of stuff you don’t need makes you feel!
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Want to make 2014 the year that you cleaned and organized everything? Me too!
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