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Eliminating Clutter

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I don’t know about you, but if I’m not careful, clutter can quickly overtake my life, and with a family of my size eliminating clutter simply must be a regular occurrence.

Since I’m in the process of getting my clothes switched out and put into storage for the winter season, I am going to be going through things anyway, which means I can also eliminate clutter at the same time.

Since I also will be taking the Living Well Spending Zero Challenge throughout the month of October, there will be little to nothing coming in, which means that this will be a perfect time to really eliminate some major clutter! It’s a win-win!

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So, here are the steps I am going to take to eliminate some clutter this weekend. You can do the same thing right along with me!

  • get a big storage bin, preferably not clear so that you can’t see the things you put in it and second guess your decision to get rid of items
  • collect clutter (not clothing) from our bedrooms that we no longer need until I have 10 things from each room in my bin
  • repeat the clutter collecting from my main living areas until I have 10 things in my bin
  • repeat one last time on collecting clutter, this time from my kids’ toy areas until I have 10 things
  • next in my bin goes 10 things from my closet whether things I don’t wear, things I don’t love, or things that don’t fit right, and these 10 things go into the bin
  • I do the same thing with my husband’s clothes. I may end up with more from him since he doesn’t have a job that requires dress attire anymore and we have plenty
  • you can guess what’s next…10 things from each kids’ drawers and closets goes in the bin (for me these get passed down from one to the other so they go into a different bin, but there will still be less clutter for them me to deal with)
  • next is the clutter collecting area. For me this is books. I love reading, but I have more books than I need. Way more books than I need. I will be eliminating 20 books that I won’t even want or need to read again. Into the bin they go. Whatever is your clutter collecting area—-shoes, jewelry, scarves, magazines—-whatever it is, go through it and collect 10 things, or 20 things if you have that many to get rid of as I do

By this time your bin should be full, or maybe more than full, and you will need to decide what you are going to do to get rid of the contents. Whether you are going to sell the contents as I do, hold a conventional garage sale, or donate them, these things stay in the bin and you don’t look back. Get rid of them soon, too. This will encourage you to get rid of more.

I think you will find that once you get started, clutter collecting is fairly easy. It is also very freeing and if you are selling your things, the money really does add up.

October is the perfect time to get rid of clutter.  Who’s with me?!

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  1. I really like the 10 items from each area idea. It makes it less overwhelming if you know that after 10 items in that area, you’re done. Good idea!

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