Start Spring Cleaning with Fundamental Principles of Organizing & Decluttering

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We all collect things in a manner of speaking, intentionally or non intentionally! However, there comes a time when sorting the clutter requires a little strategic planning, if it needs to be a successful one. Here are the 6 principles of de-cluttering, which are simple, especially when you follow a plan!


1. Sorting The Wheat From The Chaff

This old age saying is very apt for de-cluttering!
Before you begin the process, ask yourself whether you actually need an item in your closet and then organize closet systematically. The boxes are the best, one for the bin, one for charity, one for recycling and one for the things you intend to keep.


2. Go Bite-Sized

If you have a lot of de-cluttering to do, break the task into bite-sized, achievable pieces. Work your way methodically through each room, wardrobe, walk-in-closet, chest of drawers and so on, that you don't get completely overwhelmed and end up with an enormous clutter of things on the floor without a home!


3. Be Ruthless And Truthful

If an item has sentimental value, ask yourself if you can live without out it completely before placing it on the appropriate pile. Take a photo of it as a keepsake, if you're reluctant to get rid of it. And in case, if you don't like an item, and still holding on to it with a negative thought attached, be truthful, you don't want it so get rid of it!


4. Monetary Considerations

If you need to make some money, consider the re-sale value, however, don't kid yourself into thinking all of your possessions are priceless pieces that will make you rich! The chances are they won't, but an accumulation of valuable pieces may get you some money. If you're unsure of the monetary value get quotes from a collector. Bear in mind if they want to purchase them, they may provide you with a low estimate, so shop around to get the best offer.

Boot fairs or Garage sale are another potential way of selling your unwanted items, also consider selling online.


5. Be Charitable

When considering items for the charity pile don't be tempted to add rubbish! For instance, If any item is broken or has holes, stains or irreparable damage, throw it away.
Charities need items, they can resell easily not a load of old tat!


6. Ditch The Guilt

It's your home so you shouldn't feel obliged to keep things just because they were a present from your best friend or grandma! Hence, it is recommended to treat each item with the same principles and don't feel guilty if you decide to donate or throw something away.
Image courtesy Pinterest Women's Life Ask Liz Weston blog The Telegraph Mirror CBS New York

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