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I struggle with clutter. Do you, too? How do you keep your daughter from bringing home the 400th stuffed prize animal? How do you get rid of Legos that are built, never to be touched again? How do you get toss the multitudes of coloring books, blank journals, Barbies, and balls?
Since I am a recovering clutter-er-er-er…I have learned a few things that I am trying to pass along to my kids. We pretty regularly go through their rooms and clear out the trash, wrappers, empty boxes, broken items and general junk that has been collected in their rooms. But even then, there is too much stuff! So, we ask these questions as we continue our purge.
How to continually declutter your living space:
1. If I have 10 of these, could I do with 5? or 3? or 1?
2. If the item has sentimental value, could I take a picture and then toss it? Or, can I pack it into the attic? (TIP: Get it out of your living space)
3. Just because something is nice, doesn’t mean I need to keep it. Do I use it? Play with it? Like it?
4. Have I worn this item in the last 3 months? Does it fit? Is it comfortable?
5. Am I keeping something out of guilt, that was a gift?
If your answer was YES to any, or all, of these questions, move it on to greener pastures, even if it is just moving it to storage! Once you aren’t tripping over it, you’ll feel better. And, when you see it again in a year or two…you will probably be able to make the decision to keep or toss.
How to continually declutter your closet:
Turn all your hangers backwards. Wear your clothes for two months. Any hanger that is not hanging the right way on the rod gets donated. You aren’t wearing it for a reason. Let it live on cluttering someone else’s closet! 🙂 p.s. write down your closet clean-out date and keep it like you would keep an appointment.
How to continually declutter your home:
I purchased two plastic, lidded garbage cans for my house, one for each floor. Whenever I find something that needs to be donated, I have a place to put it. I don’t have to fill up a bag. I don’t have to find a box. Just keep the garbage can lined. As soon as it is full, it goes to the trunk to be dropped off at the nearest donation site. Making it simple to get rid of “the stuff” has helped me immensely.
I would love to hear your ideas on keeping your home clutter-free! Please share them with the community. Feel free to add links to your blog or website that are helpful, as well!
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