When your surroundings are cluttered your mind will feel that way, too. Decluttering and organizing your home gives you a sense of control and achievement; allows you to feel more invigorated and alive. By getting rid of excess baggage, you can make your home a calm retreat; an oasis from the chaos of the world and the stress that goes along with it.
Being in a well-ordered, organized space can free your mind to relax and think about the important things – spending time with your family or partner, or just relaxing and enjoying your leisure.
Decluttering your home can be a daunting task! Definitely not something you can do in one session.
To avoid feeling overwhelmed, take it one step at a time. Start small - with a single drawer or
cabinet until you get into the swing of it. Don't try to do too much at once - set aside a half-
hour or an hour a week and do it in manageable chunks.
The point of decluttering is not to deny yourself the things that you really want to keep, but to free yourself from the burden of having a lot of things that you really don't want or need. You will be surprised at how liberating it feels to get rid of a significant amount of junk - it's kind of like getting a haircut - that free and easy way your hair swings and how light your head feels!
Closets - Those clothes that you are keeping for when you lose 10 pounds? Get them out of there!
If you do lose that weight, you will want something new and stylish to wear, not that old thing!
Only keep things that you don't wear if they have special sentimental value to you, or you
spent a lot of money on it and honestly think that you may want it someday. (I have a fur coat
like this: I only wear it every couple of years, but I have had it for 25 years and it is nice
to have on the rare occasion that I have somewhere dressy to go and it is truly cold.)
If you do have clothing items that you are keeping for sentimental or other reasons, but do not wear, store them away - somewhere other than your closet. You need to see the items that are available for you to wear when you go to your closet to get dressed each morning, you don't want to have to wade through a lot of unwearable stuff. That adds unnecessary stress to your life.
Drawers - Take everything out of the drawers (declutter them one at a time, or you will end up with a huge mess!) and eliminate what you don't need. Then, only put it back in the drawer if it makes sense there. A bottle of aspirin probably shouldn't be in the kitchen drawer - put it away with the other medications (after making sure that it is not out of date).
Bathrooms - Go through your medicine cabinet and throw away everything that is out of date. Also get rid of prescription medications that are no longer used. Go through all of your cosmetics - if it has changed color or texture or smell, get rid of it!
Bookcases - Get rid of books that you or your children no longer want. Also, go through knickknacks, papers, magazines, or any thing else filling up those bookcases.
Under the bed - if you have things stored under beds, be sure you declutter there, too.
It's All Too Much
by Peter Walsh is a wonderfully motivating book. If you are having
trouble parting with things that you really don't want to keep, find
this book and read it! Walsh explains how purging your space of
unnecessary clutter will free your mind and actually help you to be
happier and more productive.
If you want to have a garage sale, check out these garage sale tips and make it a big success!
If you have unwanted clothing or furniture in very good condition you can sell them on consignment. Find out how consignment selling work and how to get the most from using them.
Run a Classified Ad
Where to advertise: You can pay to advertise in your city's newspaper, but it is pretty expensive and there are a lot of other options these days. Some (most?) newspapers have an online version, and some of them offer free classified online ads.
Writing your ad : When writing an ad to sell something, be sure
that you include the most important information about the item. What you
need to say depends, of course, on what the item is, but some things
you may need to remember to include are:
Be sure, also, to use proper grammar and spelling in your ad.
Most importantly, include a telephone number or other way that you can be contacted.
Give it to Charity
Give things to charity that are truly usable that you don't want anymore.
Maybe you don't want to take the time to have a garage sale or deal with consignment shops -
then you should give unwanted items in good condition to charity.
The key here, is that the
things you give away are usable - they don't want your trash! If something is in poor condition
you should probably throw it away instead.
Every area has it's own charitable thrift shops. Goodwill and Salvation Army are nationwide; there are probably others that I am not familiar with. Some charities will come to pick things up at your home. Others have drop-off points.
Throw it Away!
For the things that don't fit into any of the above categories, just throw it away! Please throw away clothing items that are badly torn or stained! I used to work for a social service agency that ran a clothes closet for children for which we took donations of used clothing. Most of the donated items were fine, but you would not believe some of the things that some people brought in! I would have been ashamed to give them to anyone! Just use common sense - if you would not put it on your child, what makes you think that someone else would want to put it on theirs?
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