Fall is upon us. I don’t know about you but I love this season. We have fresh cool air. Beautifully colored leaves and the fires burning in chimneys. New season brings on the feeling of new season in life.
So, this new season is a great time to consider taking on a de-cluttering project. But does that thought overwhelm you? Do you not even know where to start or how to begin? Well here are some overall de-cluttering tips that you can do in about 10-15 minutes a day. Starting October 1st take one task per day and at the end of October you will feel like a new person who has accomplished much. Have a go at it!
As you begin these simple 10-15 minute daily de-cluttering projects, ask yourself these questions.
- Do I or the family use this item?
- Do I or the family really enjoy this item?
- Is this item worth the space it is taking?
- Is this item broken? If yes, can it easily be fixed or repaired?
- Are there legal reasons to hold onto this item?
- Does it have “heritage” connections and financial value?
- If down the road we really need it, can we borrow it from someone?
Really give those questions consideration. For example, if your family enjoys an item, but doesn’t use it. Then they used to enjoy it and don’t any longer. Because if they enjoyed it, they would use it.
Now let’s begin by taking one task per day starting October 1st and spend 10-15 minutes per day de-cluttering the following:
- Toss Junk Mail; don’t even open it
- Invitations from Events you have already attended
- Greeting cards sent to you and greeting cards you will NEVER send to anyone
- Business cards you don’t even know who they are or how you collected them
- Requests for donations to Charities you don’t want to support
- Manuals for items you don’t own any longer or are broken
- Old grocery store receipts
- Information on vacations you will not likely take
- Information on warranties/contracts that are expired
- Coupons that are expired OR for products you would never purchase
- Magazines that are older than three prior issues
- Plastic cups from sports events or restaurants
- Recipes that are too hard or cost too much to make
- Cookbooks you will never use
- Vases from delivered flowers that you never used again nor ever will
- Dishes you have not used in a year or two.
- Old condiments in the refrigerator
- Shoes that are worn, too small or are not comfortable
- Sweaters that a “pilled”
- Dry Cleaner hangers
- Stained clothes that you don’t wear (Are you saving them for yard or dirty work? You really only need a few)
- Belts that are too small or really worn
- Worn, torn or non-matching bedding or towels
- Books you will never read
- Trophies from your school days
- Broken or unused electronics
- Kids toys or games not being played or are broken
- Photos that are blurred or you can’t identify where it was (not photos with people in them)
- All pens/pencils in house – determine if they still write. Toss the dried pens.
- Old/dried up cans of paint
- Broken tools
Wow! If you’ve gotten to the bottom of this list on October 31st and have de-cluttered, give yourself a reward. Job well done!
Your Health, Wellness & Organizational Coach …. Believing in You!