Do you want to get rid of stuff that is cluttering up your home, but you're scared you might need it someday?
As a professional organizer, the top two questions I get asked are:
In this article I am going to reveal a secret: knowing what to get rid of, what to keep, and where to get started.
What to Get Rid Of: Get rid of everything in your home that is not meaningful or useful. How do you know whether you'll need that item again!? You don't! You only know you don't need it now. What you must believe is this: you'll have the resources to get it again, because you had the resources to get it the first time. Trust the market place. It's as eager as you are to exchange stuff. If you ever need that item again, you can easily find a substitute on Craigslist, eBay, or one of the many online free markets across the US.
Let's say you get rid of an unused bookcase by selling it on Craigslist for $40 and that a year later you actually need a bookcase. Within a week or two you will be able to find one. Most of the time you will find one that suits your needs better than the old one. Plus, you got the benefit of having that $40 in your pocket for the past year.
What to Keep: Keep items that are either useful or meaningful. If you tend to love memorabilia, but cannot let go of it, try this simple three-step process.
1. Pick out the top 10 items you truly value and that mean the most to you.
2. Honor your memories by beautifully displaying them. Frame a special t-shirt, hang it on the wall, or create a shadow box of special jewelry, news clippings, and other small items.
3. Get a single, large rubber bin (less than 15 gallon) for each household member. Pick out favorites and fill the bins. Bless someone else by donating or selling all of the remaining items.
Where to Get Started: Make a list of areas that you want organized. Choose the area you use the most. In one area:
If you want help maximizing your space, or if you get stopped on one of the steps for any reason, consider hiring a professional organizer. To find a qualified organizer in your area, check with the National Association of Professional Organizers (napo.net).
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