When you come home at the end of the day, what do you see? Is it a clean, organized house or are there piles of unnecessary "stuff" everywhere? If it's the latter, you could possibly fall under the category of being a hoarder. Some individuals, believe it or not, are inherent hoarders with a hereditary predisposition to live the life of a perennial saver, just not of money. If you're someone who finds it hard to get rid of "stuff," then here are 5 ways to help in trying to de-clutter your home.
From the outset, don't just dump your stuff. A one time hurrah in which you toss everything into a dumpster will lead to a nervous disaster as you may later realize that you really lost a large number of valuables. Start with one pile and go through it completely, sorting the important items from the garbage. The useless items can then go into the garbage, and the important or useful items placed into their proper place. At the very least, set aside 15 minutes a day to de-clutter. If you start to feel jumpy, pause and try to relax.
Sort one time only. Don't set aside objects "for now", but make the decision immediately where it is to be stored so that you won't have to move your "goodies" a second time. Use this maxim: Only Handle It Once. For every thing you pick up, determine at the moment to either: file it, store it, or toss it. Avoid the concept of moving stuff from one pile to another.
Think twice what you need in the house. For example, ponder a few days before you buy anything. If you do buy something, then get rid of or sell something old and unusable to make room for the new purchase. Selling used items is known as consignment. It could be less stressful for you to remove an object realizing it's going on to a new life. Plus, you are receiving money back. This is especially true if you have an additional car that you may not need and want to get rid of. There are quick and easy ways to sell your car online.
Phase out collections. You will just have to analyze what you are storing and see what from childhood you need to keep. For mementos, pick and save a couple and throw out the remainder. Here's a good thought: frame a special keepsake and recycle the balance. As an alternative, place the keepsakes in a box. If you find yourself getting into the box for a 6 months, then trash the box. This is really applicable for stuff like periodicals and newspapers. For items like mail and tabloids, make immediate decisions the day you get them. Read, and toss. Don't leave anything for tomorrow, it will never happen.
Trash truly idle stuff. If a self help book has been sitting on the shelf for ages and you have never read it or tried to use its ideas, then get rid of it. Combat urges to involve yourself in a new hobby until you are ready and able to put 100% into it. Otherwise it will turn into just another thing you don't need.
De-cluttering your house won't be an easy task, but implementing these suggestions will help make in more manageable. Doing things one step at a time will also help make this de-cluttering easier on you. And if you find yourself having a hard time deciding what to toss, then ask for someone's help. Most the time they will have an unemotional perspective on what things should stay and go.
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