Save money/feel virtuous. With the new tax laws, most
of us will be taking the standard deduction, and therefore,
getting no deduction for donating our stu;, but you can
still use the internet, consignment shops, or yard sales
to make some money. And, giving away your things to
organizations or people who can use them makes you feel
good about yourself. Plus, if you’re paying for a move, less
stu; equals money saved.
Your clutter will ultimately become someone else’s
problem to deal with if you’re not proactive. Not a nice
thing to do to your family/friends.
I’ll be the first to admit that decluttering isn’t a fun chore,
although I do feel freer, lighter, and more energized after
making progress. And, remember: YOUR KIDS DON’T
WANT YOUR STUFF Well, perhaps if there’s a Rolex
watch or Mikimoto pearl earrings or a 1964 Ford Mustang
convertible, but probably not the treadmill or your Noritake
Blue Hill china from 43 years ago (take it from one who
knows). But, just in case, consult them prior to the big
declutter (I did want to keep a few of my parents’ things).
STARTING THE PROCESS
Like many things in life, there is no one right way to
approach your decluttering adventure. Some experts suggest
you start in the attic or top floor and work your way down.
Others say do it by category (e.g. books, papers, DVDs,
flat surfaces throughout the house, clothing, children’s
memorabilia, pictures, etc.). Or, approach the task by time:
Spend five minutes each hour putting things in their proper
place, or get three big plastic bags, and work until they’re
filled—one with trash, one with recyclables, and one with
donations. Then, repeat on a regular schedule.
Healthy Living | Decluttering