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Declutter - Save time, money and stress.

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Published on Feb 23, 2012

There is clearly a high price of having too much stuff.
The costs:
Time -- ever spent a half an hour looking for something you know is somewhere in you closet, drawer or stack of papers? (like I did)
Money -- American's spend thousands on storage units each year and often buy replacement for stuff the can't find or are to lazy to get from storage
Stress -- having too much stuff creates anxiety, stress and it's just irritating




The best way de-clutter is to tackle one drawer, one stack of paper or closet time. Starting and finishing one at a time gives you a sense of accomplishment and motivates you to keep going. It's handy to have a few things easily accessible.

What you need:
Several trash bags -- sell, donate, trash ( I like to use clear trash bags so I can see which bag I am adding to... or worse taking from if I have the dreaded get rid of regret)
Some type of large box or basket for items you want to keep and reorganize
A shredder if working on the paperwork pile

Rules to follow:
Ask once -- is it broken, missing pieces, worn out, has it been used in the past 12 months, do I still want it, does it still fit you and your life.
Touch once -- no sense in moving it from pile to pile or room to room...place it in the correct spot the first time. Keep, toss, donate, sell, etc.

Next turn clutter into cash:
Sell -- Craigslist, e-bay, consignment stores, yard sale, etc.
Donate -- Slightly used items are a perfect donation for Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Items that are in new or excellent can be donated to a high end charity like the Cancer Society's Discovery Shop Toss
TIP: (make sure you get inventory the times, take pictures and get a receipt so if you itemize your taxes you are able to claim the maximum deduction)

Finally vow to think before you fill the space again. This year I will do my best to utilize the rule if I bring something into my home something else must go out. (not likely I do this 100% but it is a good rule of thumb anyway)

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