I always think it is interesting to look at people’s garages and patios. Why? Well that is where their “declutter” or “clutter” usually lives if they have it.
Cluttered? There are people who keep stuff for no reason, perhaps they are filling their home with “stuff” to fill a need they have in their life. I think this is a common trend for people. We keep things because we are emotionally attached to them.
When people move, I hear it all the time, “It is so hard to let go of my stuff!” or “I need to have a garage sale but I just can’t part with XXX”! So how do you declutter?
A friend gave me some great suggestions I’ll pass on to you.
If you have too many clothes…here is a tip. Hang up each piece of clothing on their own hangar. Then hang all your clothes with the hook backwards on the bar. As you wear things, wash and hang back up put them on the hangar and hand them as normal (hook to the back). Every 30 days, evaluate what you have worn and what you have not worn. After 90 days, get rid of everything you haven’t worn. If you have something that is seasonal or for a special occasion, great but if after a year, you haven’t used it, get rid of it.
For shoes, get clear shoe boxes from a Target, WalMart, etc. Then take a picture of the shoes and tape it to the smaller end of the box. This way you know which shoes you wear and which ones you don’t. Again, set a time and after that rid.
Paper! Have a rule to scan it, shred it or file it. Don’t be a hoarder with papers you’ll never need again. If you don’t need it for taxes or some other important reason, rid it. Then every year shred or recyle old taxes and clean out filing drawers.
Declutter is all about having a system make your home beautiful. Plug in the system and rid as you can and you’ll see great things open up in your life. When you rid, you open new space for new and right things to show up – not necessarily more stuff!