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Giving Away Gets Rid of the Clutter

What if clutter was ruling your life and you didn’t even want to go home to face it?

When I feel like I have too many things, I start to look around and decide what I can subtract from my life. I don’t have the time or energy to sell on Ebay or Craigslist, so I donate to my favorite charity. Once I give away the “stuff”, I feel like a load has been lifted.

So much of what we keep is stuff we no longer use or need, like old kitchen appliances, books we have finished and don’t plan to reread, old clothes, and even gifts we don’t really like or use. 

What if you could subtract from your clutter and do a good deed while you are at it?

It is so important to take stock of your own happiness, versus the dollars and cents approach: “I could get $20 for this,”. Maybe you could, but only after a lot of your valuable time and effort has gone into it. I suggest that you value your time and the health of your environment by culling the things around you that give you angst and giving them to someone who may really need it and an  organization that may really need the funds.

What things in your home need to be subtracted for your own well-being?

When Things Get Messy, Start Subtracting

As an organizer, I am always trying to find new ways to help people make the most of the space that they have. Honestly, the best way to find your way out of clutter is to stop adding to it and then to subtract from it.

The Bathroom

A simple example is the bathroom. Do you really need 5 different shampoos lining the shower or a dozen different lotions and 5 mascaras? No, no you don’t.  Once you cull through the maze of products in your medicine cabinet and your shower stall, you could be left with just the essentials. When I do a clean sweep in my bathroom, I always feel better. The shelves aren’t so crowded and it’s easier to clean.

Subtract the old sunscreens and nearly empty bottles of things you don’t use and you are left with a minimal approach to your space. That can be applied to your whole house. Just because Costco is selling a crate of Pantene shampoo, doesn’t mean you need to buy it.

Be strong! Buy less and subtract more.