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De-Clutter Your Home This Spring With 3 Simple Tips!

The average American home has more than 300,000 items in it and has nearly doubled in square footage since 1973. According to WebMD’s Clutter Control: Is Too Much Stuff Draining You?, “A lot of people express that they are overwhelmed” by clutter, causing them to “…become nonfunctional and nonproductive.” If your goal this year was to de-clutter your home in time for spring, it’s as easy as sorting your belongings into 3 simple no-frill categories.

Needed

If you have a genuine plan or purpose for an item, and can truly envision yourself using it within the next 3-6 months, keep it. If it is too large to keep, or used only seasonally (such as sports equipment or seasonal clothing), place it in a self-storage unit for safe keeping. Storage facilities provide units in varying sizes, so finding one that is perfectly suited for your needs should be a breeze (and a nice warm one too since we’re talking about spring cleaning here)!

Not Needed

If there are items you do not have a plan or purpose for, but believe someone else would, consider bringing them to your local Goodwill store or a non-profit in need. Go Green Drop states, “Doing a good deed like donating your old clothes will make you feel good because you’re doing something for a worthy cause. You’re getting rid of the clutter in your home and helping others at the same time.” Remember, these items should be in working, presentable condition. Donating junk is not an option. In fact, donating or keeping junk of any kind isn’t an option. It’s simply…

Nonsense!

You read that right! If you have no plan or purpose for it AND no one else would, you need to toss that item out pronto. According to The psychology of clutter: Why we hold onto stuff and how that affects our kids, “You hold onto things based on hope…We hope to lose weight, hope to catch up on reading, hope to finish that abandoned project. But when we don’t, it’s hard not to feel like a failure about it…how many items do you need to hold onto before it starts controlling your life?” If you don’t need it, get rid of it and don’t look back. You’ll be healthier for it.

Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda once said, “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” Whether you like it or not, spring is just around the corner. You can choose to de-clutter and start fresh, or continue with the mess you had from from last year. Spring is a time for new beginnings. De-clutter your home and start new, today!