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We all tend to accumulate too much stuff over the years. We buy things we think we have to have, but after a few months, they end up stashed in a closet or attic and we go months without seeing them. We get gifts for birthdays and Christmas that we don’t really love but we don’t have the heart to get rid of out of respect for the giver. We hang onto clothes that we’ve grown out of in the hopes that we’ll lose those 10 pounds finally.
Over time, it can all add up. Every closet and storage space in our home is packed with things. The clutter reduces the amount of space we have in the house, and it can make our homes less comfortable and inviting. Clearing out the clutter can help you feel more relaxed in your own home.
Here are a few smart ways to get rid of clutter in your home:
Analyze Every Space
You may not even realize how much clutter you have in your home because you have stuffed it away out of sight. Once you start sorting through your closets, your garage, your attic, and your crawlspace, you may be shocked to realize how much you have accumulated.
In order to really reduce the clutter in your home, you need to go through every space and analyze every item in every box. You’ll be able to maximize the amount you get rid of and the space you create.
Be Honest and Objective
There are many reasons why we hang on to items that we don’t necessarily need anymore. You may think that you’ll use the item again, such as those reams of fabric you’ve stored for craft projects. Or you may think that you’ll need them again, such as those specialty kitchen utensils and pans that you only used once.
You have to be honest about the items you are assessing and be objective. Don’t let your feelings about the item cloud your judgment. For example, you may be hanging onto those boots you’ve only worn once because they make you feel like a vixen, or you may be hanging onto dozens of pairs of jeans because you’re convinced you’ll be able to wear them again one day.
Be honest: When was the last time you used the item? How often have you used it? When are you ever likely to use it again? If you aren’t using the items regularly, you need to get rid of them.
Get Rid of Similar Items
We tend to accumulate items in collections. Instead of one cake pan, you likely have several in different shapes and styles. But how often do you really bake cakes — let alone the different styles of cakes? Do you really need multiple pairs of black shoes or several different kinds of candle holders or vases? Again, be honest and objective. Pare these items down to the few that you actually use and that are distinct enough to offer particular style or use.
Sell or Donate Unneeded Items
Once you have identified all the items that you don’t need anymore, consider putting them to good use. You can sell the items through various online or local sources, such as auction sites, classified listings, or even your own yard sale. You may even find a hidden gem like a family portrait or historical document that you could sell to a place like the Raab Collection for a large amount of money.
You can also donate items to places like local shelters, churches, or thrift stores to benefit the needy. You can get a tax deduction for what you donate, and you can help someone at the same time.
Don’t let clutter bring down your home by making it feel cramped and dreary. Be unforgiving in your assessment of the items that have been sitting on your shelves and in your garage for months without use. Create more space and make your home seem more welcoming. You may even make some extra cash at the same time!
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