Cutting your clutter down to size
If you have lived in your home for many years you have likely accumulated your share of memories. But after awhile your special memories can just become clutter. Here are some great tips to help you start cutting your clutter down to size:
- Make a date with yourself once a week for 20-30 minutes. You are setting aside time for sorting through your home. Remember it has taken you many years to accumulate things; it is going to take you some time to divest yourselves of them.
- Pick a “magic” number and stick with it. If you do like to keep boxes for potential gifts limit your collection to four and don’t replenish until you have used one up.
- Have three sorting piles, keep, sell/donate/recycle and rubbish. Remove the donations and rubbish as soon as possible.
- Clothes – Take all the clothes out of the closet and put them on the bed. Hold the item up to yourself, if the colour gives you a lift and you feel good about it, keep it, if not let go.
- Shoes…try each pair on to make sure they fit comfortably and you can still walk in them! Those high heels sitting in the back of the closet may be ready to be recycled.
- Use birthdays and special holidays to give away some of the things you don’t use anymore. One of those pretty tea cups and saucers filled with Valentine chocolates might be a nice gift to a granddaughter; the whole collection is not.
- Most importantly, take the time to say goodbye to the things that are not coming with you.