1. Ask yourself: Have I used/worn this in the last two years? Does it work? Do I love it? If not, get rid of it.
2. Does it “spark joy” when you touch it (decluttering guru Marie Kondo says to ask yourself this question)? If not,
away it goes.
3. When you wear something from your closet, turn the hanger the other way. After a year, see what you REALLY
wear. Anything not turned? Give away/sell/donate.
We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.
4. F.A.S.T. is a helpful acronym from Peter Walsh, professional organizer:
F (Fix a time to declutter – “later” is a dirty word)
A (Anything not used in the last 12 months goes)
S (Someone else’s stuff – if it’s not yours, give it back)
T (Trash – the trash can is your best friend)
5. If you have valuable items, consider antique dealers, a gold and coin shop, or a silver matching service.
6. It’s vital to recognize that there can be big psychological barriers to downsizing your stuff.
Remind yourself that you’re not erasing your memories;
you’re just eliminating unnecessary items and
simplifying your life. This one is very important for
for living a life free from clutter
Ocean City, MD. How much fun to look at my
three children (now in their 30s) as little kids
and re-live those memories immortalized on a bit
of film at the end of a two-inch telescope-shaped
keychain. My kids and grandkids love looking at
these unearthed treasures. You never know what
you’ll find until you start going through your stu;.
It can be a rewarding trip down memory lane.
Boost your mood/feel more competent. When I’m
heading out for an appointment and cannot locate
my keys or phone (I know it’s a big no-no not putting
them in the same place all the time), it is stressful.
Getting rid of the clutter and having everything in its
place reduces anxiety and makes you feel in control.
Sleep better. A survey by the National Sleep
Foundation found that people who make their
beds every day (almost every day) and have a tidy
bedroom sleep better and more soundly than those
who do not. And, the ritual of turning down a
made bed helps prime our brains for sleep. I am
on track with this one.