Have you ever looked around your home and wonder where all the stuff come from? I have! I’ve also thought about all the time and energy it takes to keep it cleaned and organized and the money I wasted on it!
They seemed like a good deal at the time but the contentment is short lived. The cute shoes that we on sale aren’t as cute strewn by the door. The legos you got for the kids lose appeal as you step on another one in your bare feet for the third time in one week.
Here is a process that will help you win the battle of clutter and keep it under control for good!
Take an Inventory
You are literally going to have to go through your belongings and decide what you are going to keep and what you are getting rid of. Be ruthless about it, the more stuff you keep, the more you have to maintain.
Get rid of those things that you are not using, they are cluttering your space. If you haven’t used something in the past year, chances are you are not going to need it.
Purge yourself of things that you have duplicates of. Figure out what quantity you actually need and get rid of the rest. For example, how many jeans do you need? Or how many towels? We tend to accumulate large quantities of certain thing. Be realistic and only keep what you need.
You may also run across some sentimental items, you will have to use your discretion for this. Be realistic about it, if you are going to regret getting rid of an item that is sentimental and cannot be replaced, its better to hold on to it a little longer. Just remember its the memory that is bringing you joy, not the item.
Go through this process until you have completed each room. Some people decide to complete this step in a day, some in a weekend or a month. Personally, I find it easiest to go through the whole house in a day and repeat the process in a week or two if needed.
Decide What to Do With Items That Must Go
As you are going through this process and have identified the items you will be parting with and sort them into three piles: Donate, Sell, and Trash (for items that are no longer usable.
Donate – Consider donating your items to charity. Local animal shelters are usually always looking for towels and blankets. Call them to find out. Some charities have local drop off locations and some will even pick your items up curbside.
Another option for donating is to people you know personally that can benefit from your items. Let someone else enjoy it for awhile.
Sell – Sell some of your items to recoup some of your hard earned cash.
- Have a yard sale
- Sell on Facebook
- Take your items to a consignment shop
- Rent space at a flea market
Organize Kept Items
Everything you keep should have its own place. You should be down to only the items you use and love. Further purge if you are finding this is not the case. You are going to continue to have clutter if you continue to keep stuff you don’t have a place for.
Clean Your New Found Space
Once you have finished the process of purging and organizing you should find you have much more open space than previously. Clean thoroughly, it will be much easier without the clutter.
Implement A System to Prevent Future Clutter
You are going to have to implement a system to prevent this from happening aging. Your future self will thank you for it. It could be something as simple as making a rule that prohibits bringing an item in without sending one out. Really think about your purchases. Do you really need it? Can you do without it?
Lastly, find fun and creative ways to spend your free time other than shopping. These are the things that make memories!
Cherish each other, not things!
Please share any tips or methods you have tried by commenting below. I would love to hear from you!