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I’ve lived my whole life in clutter. Whether it was mine or my family’s, it’s been a part of my life. Honestly, it makes me feel like the walls are closing in, but I didn’t realize it until I took a step back and finally admitted that I didn’t want to live this way any longer.
The problem when you finally do admit you’re ready to make a change is where to start. I would walk from one room to the next, just staring at all the stuff, having no idea where to begin. It was a huge help reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up because it taught me how to organize. There are many ways you can organize, but Marie Kondo’s method is pretty simple and helps you ask the necessary questions it takes to finally declutter your home.
Toss Your Clutter
You might feel guilty throwing items away, but sometimes it is necessary. If you have knick-knacks that are broken but you “might” fix them or clothing with holes, then it’s time to toss that clutter.
When you go through your items if they are heavily worn, broken, or simply out of date, you may need to toss it. Some things may be used for parts, but you still need to purge those items. You can list them for free on Craigslist or Facebook, but if no one wants them within a few days, throw it away.
You can also take items to the Recycling Center. This made me feel a ton better about discarding things. I felt that rather than them being trashed, they would be recycled into something new.
Donate Your Clutter
This will probably be a little easier than tossing items in the trash. If your items are still in decent condition and can be used by someone else, feel free to donate your clutter to Goodwill or maybe an SPCA Benefit Shop.
Once you have a pile to donate, immediately put it in a box or bag and put it in your vehicle to drop off. If it sits in your home, you may be tempted to go through it again to keep items that you simply don’t need— out of sight out of mind.
Sell Your Clutter
This is probably the easiest pile you will make. When you think of turning clutter to cash, you may get a bit giddy. It takes the guilt down and makes you feel empowered. At least it does me.
You’d be surprised at what you can sell. Items such as video games, clothing, vintage jewelry, or household items, and more can bring fast cash and declutter your space at the same time.
You can sell your items on Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, eBay, Etsy, and Craigslist. I’ll be launching a Flip-It Course soon, be sure to check back for details!
Items that Spark Joy
Remember, when you go through your clutter only to keep items that “Spark Joy.” By applying this rule, you will be able to dismiss any items that bring any other emotion than joy and quickly declutter your home.
Be sure to keep your Dream Home Vision in mind when sorting through your possessions. Refer back to your vision of what type of home you desire to live in. This will help you let go of anything that doesn’t bring you complete happiness.
Declutter in a Cinch
By using these four categories, you will be able to declutter your home in a cinch. As you separate your items remember to use the 3 Big Questions that will help you decide what category your item should go in.
You will be able to attain a Happy & Tidy Home in no time with these simple tactics.