Getting Rid of Stuff You Don't Need
I think that within each and every one of us there is a hoarder. We just love to gather and collect things and store them away for a rainy day; a day that very rarely comes in today's fast-paced world. The problem with hoarding and collecting things, or simply not throwing things away is that these items will soon turn any home into a clutter-filled mess. Where do you draw the line, better still, how do you get clutter under control?
If you consider yourself to be somewhat of a collector, this is fine. Get a good understanding of what you collect and why you collect it. You should still know the difference between the things that you should keep and the things you should throw away. In fact, getting a clear understanding of why and what you collect should help you to distinguish between what is worth keeping and what you should get rid of. After all, no-one enjoys a house full of clutter.
If you have suffered with accumulating clutter in your home, one of the first steps in overcoming this problem is to take on the role of a filter. You should consciously filter what items cross the threshold of your home. If it is not necessary or it is not of any value to you, do even buy it, do not even bring it into your home. This is the first step in reversing the clutter problem and it requires a consciousness, extra awareness on your part. You might even ask a family member to help you by pointing out when you have unconsciously broken this rule.
The second step in beating the clutter bug is to be willing to throw or give things away. This is very difficult for a hoarder to do however it does get easier each time you do it and also with time. If you know someone that can use an item that you do not use, then give it away to them. You will benefit from the great feelings that are associated with giving and also from knowing that you have done a good deed. If you have something that is clearly a garbage item, simply throw it out. Don't even hesitate.
A general rule of thumb is if you have something laying around for over a year that you have not used or touched, you can freely throw or give it away. This does not refer to pictures of family, heirlooms or other sentimental items, but to items that sit around that you promise yourself that you will get to, read or use 'one day'. You do not need them and if they are used less than once a year, you are probably better off borrowing them from a neighbor or a friend once every few years whenever you do actually need them.
Lastly, I must address the items that you do choose to keep in your home. Be sure to store them in a neat and organized way so that you can find them when you do need them and also so that they do not create clutter and mess around the home.
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