Whether you’re putting your home on the market or just wanting to get rid of some of the “stuff” that accumulates over the years there are some small steps you can take to make the process a little easier! Two of my favorite blogs: Organized31 and One Hundred Dollars a Month have been discussing de-cluttering this year. Both blogs have some great ideas.
Organized31 wrote a wonderful series of posts on 31 Days of 10-Minute Purging Tasks. The timing on her posts couldn’t have been better. Each day she would tackle an area and in just ten minutes you could have that area organized and de-cluttered. As you went through the various areas in your home you would take action by either relocating an item to another area of the home, placing the item in storage, giving the item away or returning it to the original owner, donating the item, recycling the item or throwing the item away. What I loved about Susan’s method was that it took only ten minutes a day.
Here is just one example of Susan’s 31-Day Purging Tips. Day three was plastic containers and lids. Who doesn’t have a drawer full of containers and lids? Somehow it always seems like you end up with more lids than containers! Her first step was to remove everything out and match up the containers with their lids. Then place similar items together. Then evaluate each group you’ve created. Do you need to keep all those containers without lids? Are there containers that are stained or warped? Now purge! Then put everything you’ve decided to keep back away in an organized fashion.
I tried to keep up with each area every day. I wasn’t always successful but it was a good start on de-cluttering our home.
Mavis of One Hundred Dollars a Month also has some good ideas when it comes to de-cluttering. As you might guess from the name of her blog, Mavis has numerous ideas on how to save money! She also keeps track of her goals and one of her goals for 2016 is to Get Rid of 1,000 Things! One of her goals for the year is to simplify and sell or donate at least 1,000 ordinary items that are crowding her closets and drawers by the end of July. Her ultimate goal is to find a home for every item by repurposing, selling, donating or finding a way to recycle her unwanted stuff without incurring any costs.
What a wonderful goal. I am just starting the de-cluttering process and I have a long way to go! I can easily get overwhelmed but instead I take one day at a time and tackle just one area each day. Lately I’ve been going through the many, many photo albums I have! Not only do I have our own family photo albums, but I have also inherited all my parents’ albums. I love the old family albums but I don’t need the albums of the various trips my mother took with my stepfather later in life. Those I will pass along to my sister.
De-cluttering is not an easy process, but if you just take it one step at a time it can be done!