Clutter. Its an ugly, stressful word. I hate to hear it, I hate to see it, and I hate to own it. But we all have it SOMEWHERE. Unless you’re a total neat freak and have ZERO clutter in your life EVER. So here’s the top places/things to go through or throw out. Lets jump right to it!
The first is a place in your home. The closet. Whether its your bedroom closet, your laundry room closet, or the coat closet, it probably has some sort of clutter. Lets start with the bedroom closet. Go through all of your clothes. Start by throwing out anything that doesn’t fit. No matter how bad you WANT it to, if it doesn’t fit, toss it. It will look better on someone else. Next, throw out anything you haven’t worn in 3 months. This applies to the clothes that fit the current weather. If its winter, you probably havent worn shorts in a few months. Be logical when throwing out, but don’t make excuses to keep things. The same rules apply for the coat closet.
Next up is that pile or piles of paper. One method Im fond of is getting 3 containers. A small , medium and large. The large bin will be filled with all papers to be thrown out and recycled. The medium bin should be filled with papers with personal/identifiable information. The third box will be for papers that will be saved for filing. Not sure if you should throw it out or keep it? Here’s four questions to ask yourself when deciding:
1. Is there a SPECIFIC circumstance where this information would be needed again? ( as opposed to “I MAY need it again)
2. How hard would it be to obtain this information again if needed?
3. Is the information even up to date?
4. Is it worth your time to file it away and have to deal with it again?
Ladies, this one is for you. Those beauty products. They can pile up and pile up to the point where you don’t even remember when, how, or why you bought it. Keep only what you use daily or as directed, and pass the rest off to a friend. Boom, you’ve gained an extra square foot of counter top or vanity space.
Lastly, take a pass through your home. If there are any items that were purchased but never opened, or items that have not been used in the last year, put them on social media or sites like eBay for sale. If you have gone through all 4 seasons, and not needed it, its time to go. A great way to make extra cash while decluttering your home!