7 Tips for Clutter Free Living
One. Create a vision of what you would like your home to look like. Write this down and/or create a vision board. Make sure to always keep this note handy.
Two. Use the “keep”, “donate”, “discard”, “important” system. Learn exactly how to use the system on the Hoardganize Podcast.
Three. Finish an area before you start the next.
Four. Take donations to a charity that you care about.
Five. Clean each area after it’s de-cluttered. Make sure that you keep that area clear going forward.
Six. Be mindful of your acquiring. Constantly ask yourself if what you are thinking about acquiring matches your ultimate vision.
Seven. Don’t hang onto items “just in case”. If you don’t love it-move it along to someone in need.
Hey Collectors! Any time of the year is a great time to donate!
Did you know that animal shelters need donations too? Our furry friends in need are not as picky as some of our pets. They would love that cat tree your kitty never uses, or that high end dog food that your dog sniffed once and never ate. Do you have bedding and linens that you can purge?
I have compiled a list of what most animal shelters will take. My experience is that most shelters even last notice are extremely grateful for any donations.
- Blankets, Sheets, Pillow Cases (fair to good condition)
- Cloth towels (fair to good condition)
- Paper towels
- Unopened dog or cat food
- Can openers
- Cat litter
- Pet brushes
- Pet dishes or small bowls and plates
- Pet toys (slightly used is ok)
- Pens / Pencils
- Unopened bleach
- Cat / Dog crates and kennels
- Leashes/Collars (slightly used ok)
- Tennis balls
I grew up poor. So poor that my mother put on sock puppet shows as a birthday present. So poor we slept on couches, and in peoples garages.
As a child, I rarely had new toys, always hand-me-downs, garage sale, and second hand store dolls. I still have the first new toy I ever got, I was around 6 years old and my mom got me a bear at Walmart for $8. This was a very big deal. I have had him for almost 30 years, and he has been re-stuffed along the way. His name is Clark.
As a teen, I never had designer jeans (back then it was Guess with triangle on the back pocket), I had never traveled to anywhere nice (most my friends had gone out of the country several times), I never had extra movie money.
I was resentful towards stuff. I was too poor to have stuff. We only had necessities. We had to travel light. I wanted that new Barbie. I wanted a fancy dress. I hated that we could not afford the things my other friends so easily had. I hated that I never fit in, never had the perfect outfit or expensive hair style.
Now that I am all grown up I have a much different relationship with stuff. I still want that fancy dress, but it no longer defines who I am. I respect stuff. I work so hard for my money Collectors, that when I buy stuff it has to be something I will really use or love.
I have had this private discussion with my Clients. It’s interesting that some of them have gone the complete opposite direction. They grew up poor so gosh darn it if they aren’t going to buy everything they want. They grew up poor!! Filling their homes up with new items that will never be used, just so they don’t feel like they did growing up, just to fit in. Crowding themselves out of their own homes with stuff, just because now they can afford it. Suffocating themselves and drowning in stuff, just to feel good about themselves. Does this sound like you?
Dig deeper on why you fill your home with stuff. How did you grow up as a child? What was your relationship to stuff back then? How were your parents on stuff? Do you buy stuff to drown out uncomfortable feelings? The more you learn about yourself, and why you clutter, the more you will be able to let go.
Until next time Collectors!
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