It is often not until we have a life event such as moving to a new house that we kick into gear to do a well overdue de-clutter and clean. If you are anything like me you will have drawers of trinkets, hair products you don’t use, and clothes that are not being worn.
We accumulate so much stuff over time, and if you’ve lived in your house for many years it can often seem overwhelming. Some of it we barely use, much of it we hold on to for sentimental reasons, and some because we just don’t set aside the time to de-clutter our lives.
De-cluttering the home can be as rewarding as it can be cathartic. It can also be profitable if you’re able to re-sell some of your items.
We suggest starting small by tackling one drawer at a time, then building up to tackling whole rooms. If you over commit and do too much at once, you run the risk of being overwhelmed and putting it in the too hard pile.
Start small. Small steps in the right direction are better than no steps at all.
Sort things into piles so you know what to keep, what to throw out, what to give away, and what to sell. You might find there is lots of treasure in your trash or at the very least some useful items that can be donated to a local charity, helping you pay it forward and contribute to your community.
Remember, if you haven’t worn it in six months unless it is a seasonal thing you might need to think about parting ways. Only keep the things that you use regularly, or have a need for in the future.
Keep sentimental items but don’t keep everything. Your children’s toys that are collecting dust in your garage could be well loved by another child, or donated to those less fortunate.
Look to keep only what adds value to your life.
Start small, but make sure you start, as a little progress is better than none. They say change is as good as a holiday, and doing a cleanout can do wonders for your physical space and your mental health.