If you feel like you are starting to drown in your stuff, it is time to organize and declutter your space. Your life will feel so much more manageable with this guide.
Three Piles that Leave the House
Every house should have three piles:
1. Throw away: This is for the things that no longer are useful to you and will not be useful to anyone else.
2. Donate: This is for the things that you no longer want or need, but someone else might benefit from.
3. Sell: This is for the things that still have plenty of value and when it sells, you can replace it with something of more importance to you.
Let it Sit
A suggestion I was given long ago was to put things in these categories and let them sit overnight. If you still feel good about getting rid of the things you have divided, then move forward without hesitation.
What if I Hesitate?
If you do feel hesitant, ask yourself, “Do I need this or am I just emotionally attached to it?” If you still need it, find a place that makes sense for the thing so it is not cluttering your home when it is not needed. When you are emotionally attached to it, consider taking a photo of it. Having the photo can help you still have something to attach the good memory to without having the object take up needed space in your home.
If you have kids you have a steady stream of school papers coming in and out of your house. I have a file folder for Jane and a friend of mine said that she has a box for each child and has taught them to put all their papers in their box and she goes through them periodically. I have yet to try this, but it sounds great.