De-Cluttering – A Healthy Step to Organization

Do you look at your home and wonder where you’re going to put everything? Sometimes it gets shoved in a closet or back room or the “junk drawer” until it becomes too full. Then you stress about finding a spot for all the overflow because the house has to look nice for company.

What if, instead of spending the time to move the contents of said junk drawer to a bigger drawer, and then a bigger drawer, and eventually a closet, you simply got rid of what you don’t need. One item at a time.

Example: You have a closet full of clothes and shoes. Some you wear, some are so ungodly uncomfortable and some are old memorabilia sweatshirts from college that are so holey, but you just can’t give them up.

First – get rid of the stuff that doesn’t fit or is uncomfortable to wear – you’ll never wear it and it is taking up valuable real estate in your closet. Take the first item – a pair of shoes you never wore. You tried them on in the store and they looked fabulous, but you put them on at home and your feet were screaming at you. 1. Put them up for sale on eBay and put them in a box labeled “eBay”- someone will want them. Not eBay savvy? Facebook has a ton of buy/sell groups out there. And items go fast. 2. Put them in a box labeled “Donate”. When the box is full, bring it to Salvation Army or Goodwill and support their organization. 3. Put them in a box marked “Yard Sale”. Either way, the box goes in your garage or storage unit and the shoes are out of your closet.

Congrats! You started the wonderful journey of de-cluttering. You don’t have to do it all at once. Maybe make a pledge to de-clutter one item a day. After you’ve resigned a few items to their respective boxes, you’ll have more room and can start with the next phase – organizing. But, you need space to organize and a willingness to get rid of things you don’t actually need.

So what’s 1 item you will de-clutter today?

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