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How to Get Rid of Stuff and DeClutter Your Life

  • It's that time of Year Again... make or break those New Year's Resolutions. One of the most popular resolutions is cleaning and decluttering. Need some motivation? 


    This article from Houselogic.com offers of some great tips and fun videos to help you launch your decluttering project. Think your too busy to declutter? Here's what I've found helpful: 


    1. Each day choose as much time as you think you can spare (i.e. 30 minutes, 1 hour), set your timer for that amount of time, and GO! Grab a garbage bag, box or what ever you need. Do as much as you can do during that time period. Once the time is up, you're done. It shouldn't matter that you didn't do everything done, what matters is you got something done. You certainly did more than you would have had you never started. 


    2. Start with the smallest things or the easiest room of the house. Once you get that first room clean or decluttered, you'll gain a sense of accomplishment making the others a bit easier.


    3. Use the 1 year rule: If I haven't touched it in a year, it has to go. Another thing I tell myself is that if I'm not using it, there is probably a person who would. 


    *If you're a Home Seller or Just Planning to Move - Remember, you don't want to take unused things to your new home. That's more to pack, more to unpack, more to organize. Chances are, if you discard everything you don't need before you move, when you unpack at your new home, you'll STILL find somthing that makes you think, "Why did I keep this?" So let it go! You'll be glad you did.  Also, Sellers, Don't wait until you get an offer on your house to start packing. It's a lot more stress to have to do it all after the contract. 



    How to Get Rid of Stuff and Declutter Your Life

    You can get that warm, fuzzy holiday feeling and make a few bucks by responsibly ditching all the excess stuff you accumulate, particularly at this time of year. Read


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Comment balloon 5 commentsCarla Freund • January 11 2013 05:40AM


A good resolution for day to day living.  Less mess, less stress.

Posted by Jason Gracey, Re/Max Vintage (Re/Max Vintage) about 6 years ago

Very good and simple, get organized and get rid of stuff. Thanks for sharing

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) about 6 years ago
Carla, this is something I need to get started on...I'm not sure if I can do the one year rule, but I like the timer idea.
Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) about 6 years ago

Nick, Hope all is well. There are some exceptions to the one year rule for everyone. I mean, how many of us go a year without using our fine china?  I am guilty of that! I'm really thinking more about clothing, shoes, and those sort of things.

Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) about 6 years ago

Jason & Charles - Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) about 6 years ago

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