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Four Tips for Managing Your Clutter

You never thought you were the kind of person that felt an attachment to things; at least you didn’t until your spouse started to complain about the amount of clutter in the house. You do try to keep things clean, but after a while things just start to accumulate. You see something at a garage sale you think would make the perfect accent piece in the living room and you can’t help but pick it up. You find a great sale on socks, and walk away from the store with as much as you can carry.

Clutter is a slippery slope, and before you know it you could end up with more junk than you know what to do with. Sometimes it isn’t as simple as saying you’re going to commit to sorting through one box a week until the house is free of extra stuff. You’ll need an action plan, and if you’re ready to finally de-clutter your home follow these tips.

Make a time-limit rule

Your home is full of components for would-be projects, and any hobbyist would feel welcome in it. You have materials for crafts you never started, home decor projects you never planned out, and a lot more things that are strictly in the “someday” category. If you want to fight clutter, you need to stop holding onto things. Give yourself a time limit for how long you can keep things in the house. If you haven’t started a new hobby in a month, or have tools lying around for a project you should have begun 6 months ago, it’s time to let it go.

Only handle an item once

How many times have you tried to find a way to stack old items when you’re cleaning the house? If you find yourself constantly looking for space for something you don’t use, or seem to be moving around things you never need, it’s time to make another usage rule. If you find yourself having to stash away an item you haven’t used more than once, it’s time to get rid of it.

Learn the value of things

You have a hunch the dishes you found at a garage sale are going to be worth a lot of money, but how do you know you’re right? It can be easy for people to think some things will bring in a lot of money one day, only to realise they’ve been collecting junk. Take some time to do some appraisal research so you can learn the actual value of things so you don’t waste time (or money) on things that will never have value.

Have a designated clutter space

You may just be the kind of person that has to hold onto things. You’ll always want to stop at garage and estate sales, and you’re always looking for something new. That’s fine, but it’s not fine to make the rest of your family live in clutter. Have an area of your house where you can be as cluttered and messy as you’d like. If you don’t have an extra place for stuff, garage prices are reasonable enough to justify having one solely for your things.

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