How to Condense Your Belongings
For most of us, we have some sort of room that is often devoted to just storage. And not only does that room tend to get more and more stuffed with items as time wears on, but we also avoid any opportunities to clean it out. We know what we have to do, but we just don’t want to do it.
But then we move into a new home and the thought of moving boxes of stuff we just don’t need brings us new motivation. So if you’re moving into a new home, want the use of that spare bedroom back or are simply just sick and tired at looking at a closet full of clothes you never wear, here are a few ways to get rid of the clutter:
1.) Categorize. Your first step should be to divide things into piles. Your first piles should be pretty basic and will typically fall into these five categories: Keep, Store, Sell, Donate and Trash. A good rule of thumb for keeping things it that it has to serve at least two purposes; a top that can be worn with a number of bottoms or a kitchen gadget that is constantly being used. A garlic press, for example, shouldn’t be in the “keep” section. It takes up room, has one very specific purpose, and a knife and cutting board can be used for the exact same purpose. Throw it in another pile.
One more tip: be overly cautious about what is trash. Someone you consider trash could be just what someone else is looking for. If you don’t think you can sell it at least donate it and let the people at your local shelter make the final decision.
2.) Get rid of duplicates. Chances are, you probably have more than one of one specific thing. Maybe you found three different waffle irons while going through your kitchen, or maybe you’ve come across 2 or 3 of the same movie in your collection. Either way, pick the best of all your duplicates and resort the remaining things to your Sell or Donate groups.
3.) Sell, Donate or Trash. After you’ve got the groups set up, get busy disposing of them! And if you’re like me, do it quick before you can go through them again and start changing your mind! First, drop off all the donation stuff and toss out the trash pile. That should give you a feeling of accomplishment and allow you to focus on selling what’s left. Consider if you want to sell your things online, by yard sale or even by consignment.
4.) Organize. After you’ve gotten rid of your Donate and Trash groups and made arrangements for your Sell group, take a look at what you have left in your Keep and Store groups. Now’s the time to get organized. That fan that you found that you swear you’ll always use? Put it someone with easy access to using it! Those clothes you’ve narrowed down your closet to? Arrange them by color or by season. Getting rid of all that excess clutter won’t do you any good if whatever you have left is simply shoved in that same corner where you originally found it.
Do you guys have any tips for condensing your stuff?
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