Did you know that removing clutter is proven to reduce stress? And, really, it’s obvious when you think about it.
A neat and tidy home is easier to clean than one that is junked up with piles of superfluous possessions. Plus, the unnecessary items themselves must be kept cleaned and in good repair, too. In short, the more you hoard, the more you have to worry about.
But then, going through and getting rid of stuff you don’t need is a daunting task as well. Fortunately, we’re about to make it easier.
The following guide explains how to get rid of clutter in 5 surprisingly simple steps. Read on and follow these steps to simplify your life.
1. Schedule First
The first thing you need to do is realize that this task won’t be easy or quick. Depending on the extent of your clutter problem, it could take days for you to go through it all.
And don’t just “see how far you can get” in a day, either. That day will end with a half-sorted mess that’s even messier than the pile you started with.
Before you dig in, determine whether or not you can get it done in one day. If not, schedule out the time you will be working on decluttering over multiple days. Figure out which sections of the clutter you’ll work on each day.
2. Throw Out the Bad Stuff
Now that you have your schedule, it’s time to get started. Start by throwing out everything you can. For this, you’ll want to rent a dumpster or find and hire rubbish removal in your area.
Then, grab the obvious trash first, like that broken vacuum cleaner you know you’re never going to fix. Toss expired products and anything that’s not in very good condition.
3. Donate the Good Stuff
For things that are in very good condition, make a donation pile. There are undoubtedly hundreds of people in your community that can benefit from the things you don’t need anymore.
Plus, there are plenty of locations at which you can do this. Research local donation services in your area and you’re bound to find several. Also, check to see if your donations qualify for a tax write-off.
4. Gift the Really Good Stuff
If you have any new, unopened items that you don’t need, give them out as gifts. Just be careful that you don’t regift them to the individuals who gifted them to you in the first place.
5. Digitize Your Files
If you have a lot of important paper documents, you may or may not be able to copy them digitally and dispose of them. But you definitely can prevent future document clutter.
Take all opportunities to go digital with documents. For instance, switch all your bills to paperless statements and have receipts emailed to you instead of printed.
Share These Tips on How to Get Rid of Clutter
Now that you know how to get rid of clutter, spread the word. Share this guide (tactfully) with other hoarders you know.
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