Having a clearout is one of the essential things we have to do every year. Having a spring clean and clearing out the house is essential for keeping on top of things, and stopping your home getting out of control. In the average American home, there are thought to be over 300,000 different items! As you can imagine, this means there is an awful lot of clutter and a good many things that we could do without.
Hoarding is part of human nature, and we often don’t want to get rid of the stuff we’ve collected over the years. We often keep things because we worry that we will need them in the future, so we can’t afford to get rid of them. But, this is more often than not proven to be false, so, it’s important to learn how to throw things away without any regrets.
Be honest with yourself
Okay, you need to get real and start being a bit more brutal with yourself. That means being honest about how frequently you use the things you’re storing. If you have an item in the loft that you generally use a few times a year, fine, keep it. But, if something has been sat there for three years gathering dust and cobwebs, it’s probably time to throw it. Sentimentality is all very well, but you shouldn’t let it get in the way of decluttering your home.
You can sell it
The great news is that these days it is easier than ever to sell things and make a bit of money from them. Back in the day, if you wanted to get rid of something, the choices were either having a yard sale or throwing it out. But, these days there are so many places you can sell or advertise things, like eBay, Amazon, Gumtree, and, even Facebook. Make use of the opportunities you have, and try to make a bit of money from your unwanted items – this will cushion the blow of having to give them away.
Does it cost you to store it?
The simple fact of the matter is that some items are simply too big, or too valuable, to store at home, and in these situations, a storage unit is the way forward. The thing is, storage units cost money, and this is something that can mount up to quite a lot over time. So, you have to look at whether it is worthwhile storing something you’re very unlikely to ever use. Looking at it like this will make it much easier for you to let an item go, understanding that you are benefitting yourself in the long run.
Sometimes we hang onto things we shouldn’t hang onto. As Dumbledore once proclaimed, “It does not do to dwell on the past.” At least, we think it was Dumbledore! Regardless, it’s still an important and pertinent quote. Making a fresh start is crucial for taking your life in the right direction, and to do this, you sometimes have to let go of the past. So, make sure you do what you can to have a clear out and move your life onward in the right direction.
Throwing things away can be difficult, we understand that, but, it’s important to make sure you are disciplined about it. You don’t want to have any regrets when it comes to having a clear out, and if you can follow the ideas on this blog post, you will be well placed to do this. You should try to have a clear out at least once a year, to help you keep on top of things.