Written by Silver Sage Magazine
If you’re thinking of downsizing, selling or just spring cleaning – decluttering your home has many benefits. First, it makes your house look bigger and brighter. It also makes people feel more productive and happy when their personal space is organized and less cluttered. Additionally, you may find things you forgot you had and getting rid of unwanted or old things can make way for new things.
If you’re planning on moving or downsizing, it’s always a good idea to sell or donate the large furniture items that will not fit into your new space. If you have children or grandchildren, ask them first if they’d like the items. Free is always good to a young adult just starting out and what’s better than a family heirloom?
Typically, clothing sits in your closet and drawers for years and years as you outgrow, outwear or change styles. Experts would agree that if you haven’t worn something in over a year, it’s probably best to donate or give it away. Most people find it difficult to get rid of clothes after just one year. But the reality is that most people also buy a couple hundred dollars of new clothes each season, so pruning the closet is not such a bad or difficult thing to do if you really think about it.
Decluttering may seem overwhelming if you have a big house or large apartment. We suggest you start with one room at a time. Typically, the kitchen, basement and family room are the most used rooms (besides the bedroom) in a house and collect the most stuff. Go through each room one at a time. Don’t plan on doing the whole house on the same day. Pick one weekend for each room and spread it out over time or it may seem overwhelming. Go through drawers, boxes and cabinets throwing away (or giving away) anything you don’t use or need anymore. Haven’t used that veggie maker in a while? Get rid of it! Not using those old toys anymore? Donate them to your local women’s shelter or hospital.
Oftentimes, our stuff becomes clutter simply because it’s disorganized. Organizing your things can make a huge dent in decluttering your life. Buying low cost plastic bins, shelving or under bed organizers can simplify a room and dramatically change the way it looks. An organized and clean space can also change how you feel about your home and is shown to help decrease emotional stress in people.
Do you need all the trinkets on the armoire or the collection of cows on the side table? Unnecessary décor clutters your life and your home. A collection of family photographs can bring joy and memories. But those ceramic elephants are only collecting dust. Gather all the baubles and host a garage sale. Your old assortment of stuff will become your neighbor’s new curio!
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