3 Easy Organizing Tips For Getting Rid Of Clutter
How do you decide what to keep and what to toss? With these three simple steps it will be easy for you to get rid of clutter and be free of the guilt of holding on to things you donít know what to do with.
It was a cool Tuesday Morning as we climbed among the huge landscaped rocks in our neighborsí backyard. We were as quiet as catsí paws because we didnít want to wake anyone up as we cut the lavender to make into foot soak.† The bees buzzing around the delicious flowers made more noise than we did.
When we returned home I took out the Epson salts and sea salt to mix with the lavender oil. On the jar I tied a sprig of the fresh lavender we had just picked.
I was in for a surprise because along with these ingredients I found some wax chips I had left over from making lip balm over five years ago. I had made over 20 pots of the stuff. I gave it to my family who let me know they preferred a national brand of lip balm over mine. I completely agreed with them. It was fun to make it once but I didnít want to do it again.
This is a good example of saving things ďjust in case I might want it againĒ. When you are getting rid of clutter and you canít decide if you should keep it or not because your monkey mind is telling you, ďbut I may need it somedayĒ ask yourself this: Will I really use it again or was it fun at the time but I will never do that again. (Especially after others donít want what you offered the first time).
If you arenít regularly using something and you wonít use it at least yearly (such as holiday decorations) it is taking up valuable space and you can get rid of those things. Things you donít love, use and have a purpose for is creating clutter.
If you havenít needed it for several years what makes you think you will ever need it again? When was the last time you wore that special robe you were given 15 years ago. If you havenít canned a bottle of peaches since 1999, despite you telling yourself every year that you will next year, you can safely give away your jars.
Getting rid of clutter can be fun if you donate items to a charity or a long term care facility. I was at a garage sale and a woman had 10 plastic boxes full of rubber stamps. They were all organized and labeled by type but she wasnít using them anymore. I suggested she donate them to the local childrenís hospital, senior citizens center or to an assisted living center. All of these places are on a tight budget and all of them do crafts. She was thrilled to know some places that could use them rather than to hang on to them and create clutter.
Get rid of clutter by asking yourself:
1. How long has it been since I have used it? 2. Do I still love it or am I tired of it? 3. Am I regularly using it or is it just clutter? Un-clutter your life today one space at a time.
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