Feel better, de-clutter!
Clutter! All those unloved possessions, that are neither use nor
ornament, and that constrict your living space.
Life's 'excess baggage'. The objects that weigh you down, slow
you down and stop you moving on. Clutter's horrid, isn't it?
Here are ten tips to help you de-clutter, feel better about
yourself and make money:
1. Set aside some 'quality time', or a series of 'quality
times', for de-cluttering. Stick to those times.
2. Start with the areas of your life that are the least chaotic
and cramped. Then tackle the areas that are the most
'challenged', progressively. Look for the big and easy disposal
decisions in each area first.
3. Don't panic if you find that up to half of your possessions
are redundant! It's quite normal. Hoarders will find that over
half of the objects they live with are surplus to
4. Give other people's clutter back to them, or at least ask
their permission first, before you dispose of it!
5. Keep serviceable objects that you've used in the past six
months and/or that you're likely to use in the next six months.
Find qualified trades people to repair the broken or damaged
objects that you want to keep.
6. Keep objects that you and your loved ones are attached to
emotionally, like photographs. Emotional clutter is different to
physical clutter. Physical clutter has lower value.
7. Keep other cherished objects too: heirlooms and long-term
investments, an inherited stamp collection is a good example.
Only dispose of such objects if you're sure that they really are
clutter and you need space and cash now.
8. Store all of the precious objects that you want to keep
tidily, in places where you'll be able to find them in future.
Buy additional storage (boxes and shelves), if needs be.
9. Only send to landfill sites unwanted possessions that are not
recyclable. A large percentage of household 'waste' can be
turned into something else. Dispose of hazardous items
correctly. If you're unsure, ask a waste expert.
10. Give low value objects to charity shops, so that they can
generate cash for good causes. Sell everything else using small
adverts in your newspaper or on the Internet. In liberating your
living space, who knows how much cash you might make!