As my family is in the process of selling our beautiful mountain home, I have started to pack away memories and belongings. The most common question I find myself asking as I start to pack and clean my home is, "Do I really need these?"
I have been used to having a pretty cluttered home and sometimes that makes cleaning a chore. I often find myself pushing it off in place of other things that I think take priority. Whether that's spending time with family, hanging out with friends, or simply being a little lazy (the lazy part is the one I'm most guilty of), I find it hard to clean things especially when I have to put up and organize items that may not actually have a home or are just needing to be gotten rid of. Here's a list of tips and tricks I found helpful as I went through the process...
Don't treat your home like a storage space.
We all know that we don't really need to hang onto those old cell phones and curtains because we think we might need them one day. I had drawers full of things waiting to be used that, let's face it, we're never going to see the light of day.
2. Use the 3-month rule.
I tend to hang on to clothes and other things that just take up space. As I started to go through all of my things, I started to ask myself "Have I used this in the past three months? Or will I use it in the next three months?" If my answer was no, in the box it went to go to Salvation Army or Goodwill.
3. One in, One out.
I still often find myself going to the store to shop for things to prepare for my new home, but that doesn't come without a cost. If I do go out and buy something, I know that when I go home I have to get rid of something. This helps with not buying unnecessary items and getting rid of old items that don't serve their purpose anymore.
4. The Light at the end of the tunnel.
Remember that there are benefits to decluttering. You gain time, space, energy, as well as many other things. Try to keep your eye on the prize and start with small decluttering projects so you don't get overwhelmed.
5. These aren't good reasons to keep things.
Let's be honest. Just because you've had something for a really long time or it's valuable, does not mean that you have to keep it. Try to go through your home with an open mind and think of real reasons to keep items. "Are they beautiful? Useful? Do they bring me joy? Would I buy it now?" I know that I personally like to make a lot of excuses to keep things but the reality is, if I have to make an excuse to keep something, I probably don't need it and won't use it.
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