Don’t keep it just because it’s sentimental.
If it’s sentimental but not useful, take a picture, showcase it
in a beautiful frame and get rid of it! You and others can
actually admire it on a daily basis rather than keeping the item
tucked away in a closet.
Donate on a regular basis.
Keep a giveaway box at all times and then find a donation center
to utilize. I’ve previously mentioned 10 ways you can sell or
donate items to clean out your house and simplify your life.
Sell things you don’t need and make some extra cash in the
The link above lists a few avenues for making money on those
little things cluttering up your home.
Don’t go shopping.
Seriously. Just don’t!
Easier said than done, right?!
There are certainly items that we really do need. If you are
honest with yourself, though, the majority of purchases you make
are probably unnecessary. You may shop for leisure. You might
want to upgrade and get the latest and greatest gadget. You just
have to buy that cute outfit because it’s a good deal!! I like
shopping as much as the next person, but when I refrain, my
house thanks me!
Use what you have.
This can be applied to so many aspects of life (cooking,
clothing, etc.) but let’s focus on home decor for the moment.
Instead of buying new home decor, consider moving your
furniture, knickknacks, blankets, etc. to a new location in your
Use paint to bring new
life to old furniture. Think up creative ways to re-purpose what
you already have. Sometimes a new arrangement can completely
transform the look of a room.
Implement a trial period mentality.
We are in the process of putting our home on the market and one
of the greatest (and hardest) things we’ve had to do is pack up
some of our belongings for storage. We only kept the things we
use on a daily basis. It’s surprising how many things I’ve been
keeping around “just in case”. I’ve come to realize that I don’t
need, want, or love any of those things.
If there’s something you’re hesitant about getting rid of,
consider storing it in a special place for a specific time
period. If you haven’t needed it by the end of that time, sell
or donate it.
Keep a gift list.
If you’re family gives gifts at birthdays, Christmas, etc. and
celebrating in an alternative way is not an option, keep a list
of items you’d like to get as a gift. You know you’ll be
receiving a gift at some point during the year so make sure that
item is useful to you. If you buy everything that you want or
need, the gift giver may struggle to find something for you and
there’s a high probability that you’ll receive something that
will just clutter your life and home. Have an ongoing list for
when that special someone asks you what you want.
One thing in, One thing out.
This advice has been given time and time again. It seems so
simple, yet it can easily be overlooked “just this once!” The
things is, “just this once” becomes the norm rather than the
You must be intentional about removing an item every time you
bring something new into you home.
Keep a box or bag somewhere in your home to put items you no
longer need. When the box is full, drive to the donation center
or stick it in the yard sale corner of the garage. When you get
a new black shirt, get rid of the old faded shirt. When your
kids get a new toy, help them pick out a toy that they’ve
outgrown. Be intentional.
See your “valuables” through someone else’s eyes.
Have a trusted friend come over to help you see your home as
they do. Ask them what stands out and doesn’t look great in your
home. Ask them to be honest and then TAKE their advice. If it
doesn’t add value, give it away or sell it.
It may be hard, but you’ll be glad when the clutter is gone.
Get a new perspective.
Visit a homeless shelter, spend time with someone who’s been
down on their luck, or even visit a third world country. When we
personally invest in the life of someone who’s struggling for
food, water and shelter on a daily basis, our “stuff” suddenly
becomes less important and much easier to eliminate.
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