One question that I’ve been asked MANY times is how to deal with clutter. So many of you say that you have so much “stuff” that you can’t seem to part with, mostly because you have spent good money on it and feel guilty throwing it away.
Let me give you all some advice. Your “stuff” is indeed just that – “stuff”. When we were preparing to sell our house we had to unload a lot of items. I really realized how many things we had accumulated over the 4 years that Brian and I had lived together. Saying this, decluttering really is a very emotional process. It’s not just about getting rid of stuff, it’s about making difficult decisions related to important things in our lives. If it were easy, you’d be done by now and you wouldn’t feel such angst over the whole process, right?
There’s really no secret to decluttering your home. You just have to purge. Once you adapt the right mindset it is a game changer. However, getting to this frame of mind can of course be difficult. You just have to commit to letting things go. It’s really that simple.
I have a few simple rules that I follow that allow me to keep the clutter (mostly) at bay:
It must have a CURRENT purpose or be something you love. Marie Kondo, in the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, tells us that everything you own has an intended purpose in your life. Once that purpose is fulfilled, you may not need that item any more. Just because an item was a gift does not mean you still have a purpose for it. If an item no longer has a purpose in your home, get rid of it!
When you decide to get rid of something, get it out of your house QUICKLY. If you put it in a box to donate and it winds up sitting in your garage for 6 months, you haven’t really decluttered–you have just moved the clutter. As soon as you have bagged your items, list them on a Facebook group, on Craigslist or make the phone call to the donation center. Many charities allow you to leave your donated items on your front step and they will pick them up for you. How easy it that? Plus you can deduct it as a charitable donation on your taxes :-)
Don’t confuse organizing with decluttering. Your clutter can be organized but organization will be so much easier if you get rid of what you don’t need (i.e. declutter!). Otherwise, you’re just reorganizing and rearranging and not really changing your clutter situation.
Finally, when you’re out and about and tempted to buy something. Stop and ask yourself – do I really love this? Do I really need this? Do I have a real need/purpose for this? If the answer is no, put it down and walk away!
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