Clutter Begone – How to Declutterize

Do you have clutter in your home? Would you like to get rid of unnecessary clothing? Where do you start? How can you be sure you will be successful?

Are you a hoarder? Do you buy multiples of every product you choose to buy? Do you now have a huge pile of clothes on your bed? Perhaps you have strange items that you bought but are not sure of why you purchased them. If you answered yes to any of the items in this paragraph, then it is likely that you are a hoarder.

Now that you have self-identified as a hoarder it is time to declutterize. Is that really a word? It is now. To declutterize means to reorganize one’s possessions and to discard excessive belongings. If you have more than five purses or more than five wallets, then it is likely that you have an excessive amount of these items. You probably spent money on these movable vaults. To just through them out would not make sense.

Perhaps before you decide which items to get rid of, you should determine to whom you will give what you don’t want to keep. A charitable organization that offers a pick-up service for clothing donations or a donation drop-box is a great place to start. Friends, relatives and neighbors might also appreciate your ‘like new’ gifts. 

To initiate the process of declutterization one needs to jump right in to the process. Start aligning boxes, crates, bags and loose items in front of you and begin sorting. It is best to begin with items that were stored in boxes. Have recycle bin nearby and a garbage container beside the items to be sorted, as well as many extra garbage bags and recycling bags. Certainly you do not want to consider throwing anything away. But sorting items to evaluate what is of value is not to difficult.

Now that you have fooled yourself into the rummaging process, you can begin determining which items you want to throw out and which ones you will arrange in an orderly fashion. Once you have begun to sort you can now call the charity to which you want to donate items or set the location of the donation drop box where you will take your gently used goods.

It is best to have inspiring music playing while you rearrange your clutter, as well as to have lots of bottles of water and snacks within reach. You do not want to have to stand up and prepare food or be distracted by going out before you have made progress on your pile of stuff. 

The entire process could take days or weeks. Set a goal of how many hours or days you expect to work on each room or area of a room. Once you have worked for your set amount of time on a specific project you should stop and go out and treat yourself to a dessert or fun activity. It is important to reward yourself for a job well done! 

Return to your task and continue sorting. Once you have cleared out or rearranged one room you will feel inspired to complete the total declutterization of your space. Spread the word to family and friends. Ask them to assist you if they can spare the time. If anyone shows up to help you declutterize, only assign small tasks to them. Make sure to have great snacks prepared for your guests. 

 

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