The Law to Decluttering
SELL IT, DONATE IT
“Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your life” zippy little collection of advice & tips and to inspire you to finally throw out that Judge Judy bobble head, the clothes you no longer wear, the ugly tea set you that you needed but didn't....and all the other stuff you’ve always been too guilty or lazy to toss.
Efficiently clean and organise what’s left.
Every tip can be read in a matter of seconds; many can be implemented in as little as one minute.
" I guarantee that if you adopt even some of the tips, you will soon be enjoying a cleaner, less cluttered home, which will create greater happiness for everyone living there."
A cleaner home? Greater happiness? I’m in! Want to join me? Here are some of my favourite factoids and random advice.
An hour of vacuuming burns as many calories (180) as 15 minutes of kickboxing. Even just walking around putting things away burns 136 calories per hour. WHA???? Yep!
An uncluttered room looks cleaner than a cluttered one. if you pick up more often, you can get away with less cleaning.
Tackle decluttering one room at a time, don't overload yourself , if that’s too much, take it one shelf or one drawer at a time.
Try this: Clean for 15 minutes. Then read an article in your favourite magazine. Repeat until the job is done.
Practice Random Acts of Organising. If you see something out of place, put it away. While you’re waiting for something or someone, declutter.
Place a decorative bowl or basket on dresser tops or at the entrance of your door to collect loose change, pocket items and everyday jewellery.
Remember this......Once an item enters your possession, you are not obligated to keep it forever. Give yourself permission to let go and enjoy the sense of liberation that results.
If you find it difficult to let go of an item from your past, like an old prom gown or children’s artwork, taking a photo of the item for memory’s sake may make it easier to let go. Of course keep those close to the heart.
Pair up with a friend and commit to helping each other with big projects like cleaning the garage and basement. Its more fun than going it alone. Hey have a few drinks while doing it, set up a awesome nibble platter and turn up the music.
As harsh as this may sound, treat unwanted gifts like flowers. Yes, they express a sentiment you appreciate. No, that doesn’t mean you have to keep them forever.
Most people wear 20 percent of their clothes 80 percent of the time.If you haven’t used something in more than a year, get rid of it. I a 6 month person, haven'
t used it, worn it or even cooked with it....SEEYA!
Resolve to surround yourself only with things you find useful or beautiful. Let go of the rest. [Goodbye, old textbooks!]
The average person, according to one Ebay study, has thousands of dollars worth of unused items that could be sold or donated to a charitable organisation. Do it! Sell it, Donate it!
Look at decluttering as an opportunity to share your abundance. There are people who could really use the stuff you aren’t using.