Admit it. You have too much stuff.
I wanted to write an article about being a can-do handy-woman powerhouse. But then the closet I built for myself collapsed over the weekend and I thought, “Hm, maybe I’m not the expert I thought I was.” Which leads to why I’ve spent the last week purging many of my material possessions: if you have so much stuff that your closet falls out of the wall, you probably have too much stuff.
So what do you do when your entire wardrobe literally comes crashing down around you? Here, let me help…
5 (SORT OF?) EASY STEPS TO DE-CLUTTER YOUR HOUSE
- Donate! If you don’t know where to donate, here’s a handy list from Babble. And remember to always check a charity watchdog before donating
- Have you worn that in the last year? Nope? Gone!
- Have you used that in the last year? You can’t really remember? Toss it out!
- Did you even remember that you had that? Vaguely, in the back of your mind, kind of? Send it to charity!
- Organize. Think of all the untapped storage possibilities! I like to get slim under-the-bed space bags to store my off-season clothing and linens. And then, for all those random tzotchkes that we all seem to accumulate but you can’t think about parting with, consider a couple small stacking boxes or adding some depth to your bookshelves.
- Panic. Wait, you still have a bunch of stuff that didn’t find a new home during your original clean out and no idea where to put all of it and suddenly everything you’ve ever owned seems to be rising up around you and--
- Donate AGAIN! Cut the panic off an purge again. Do you really that gnome dressed like your college mascot? Are you really going to wear that popcorn shirt again? NO! NEIN! NON! Donate it to someone who might really need it (or, at least you’re getting it out of your house and in to their potential hoarder den).
- And if you’re strapped for cash and don’t want to donate all of your things for nothing in return besides good will, you can also try secondhand e-retailers such as LikeTwice.com or ThredUp.com.
- Rejoice. You are free!
There you go. Easy peasy! Or, truthfully, a super difficult and annoying task that will ultimately give you a cleaner, more organized home and thus a cleaner, more organized mind.