Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tips on getting rid of stuff/de-cluttering

With my recent move I have been looking at a lot of my things in a different light. I kept stuff in my garage up here, stored away for when I have a house again and now that I am looking at it, I really don’t want it.

In fact, thinking back to all the things I have gotten rid of over the years there’s not much I can think of that I wish I kept.

I do have trouble letting things go though and it can cost me dearly. I know I am not the only one who has issues getting rid of stuff.

Some of the reasons for struggling with letting go are
1.) Sentimental value. Just because someone you love gave you something doesn’t mean you need to keep that thing.
2.) You spent a lot on it and don’t want to throw it away/donate it. You want ot get some money back for it.
3.) You are too lazy to sort it
4.) It might come in handy one day...

My reasons are more no.1 and 2. I hate the thought of how much money I have wasted over the years on this stuff and lots of it does still have value, but instead of selling it, it has sat there.

Also, sentimental. I have a hard time letting go of things that were my mums. She died 10 years ago and I always felt like getting rid of her things was like getting rid of her, but it’s not. I have my memories, I don’t need her stuff.

I have kept lots of things for when I have a house. You know what though? Coming from a 1 bedroom with not much space to a larger home, I don’t want to fill it with that ‘stuff’!

Letting go of things can be hard. Here is what I am doing. Everything in my house is boxed up. As things get used they get to stay out of the boxes. Things that are not used stay packed. We only plan on being here a maximum of 6 months. If I have stuff in those boxes I have not used in that time (except winter clothing, as I won’t need that over the summer months) it’s going. Don’t care how, I am just not moving it again.

Some of it I am clearing out now. Things I know I will not use/have no use for. I do not need the clutter.

For many it can be a huge almost insurmountable task to get rid of things. Here’s some ways to make it easier.

1.) Do it in small timeframes. For example, spend just 15 minutes a day or every few hours sorting and getting rid of things, instead of tackling the whole thing at once.
2.) Or set aside a few hours to go through it all. It’s really a matter of what suits you better. I am a do it all at once type of person, not everyone is though.
3.) Think quick. Don’t stand there umming and aahing or reminiscing over things. If you don’t use it, get rid of it.
4.) If there is stuff you can’t bear to get rid of put it in a box, seal it shut and label it. Put is in the garage and if you have not opened it in 6 months or a year, get rid of it. You don’t need or want it.
5.) Do small sections. You could choose to de-clutter a kitchen drawer at a time instead of the whole kitchen. This breaks the task down into bite size pieces making it much easier.
6.) Get rid of it. Once you have decided to get rid of something do it. Don’t put it in a box to donate/sell later only to end up putting them in storage. Just get rid of it.

It’s not always easy to get rid of stuff, but it is definitely worth it. The next step after getting rid of everything is to not clutter your house up again.


  1. Agreed. It's good to only keep what you want for your future home but not just because you spent money on it (that's my weakness in items)


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