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Shedding a thing or two from your home

Posted on May 11th, 2011 by louise

De-cluttering your first step to good redesign

With Winter behind us and a feeling of Spring in the air many people are thinking about taking care of some unattended chores around the home. If you are considering selling this spring our just looking for a Fresh new look then de-cluttering should be top on your list. This is all well and good but how does one untangle themselves from the items you do not like, bought on that special holiday, gifts received from family or friends etc.

It can begin with a commitment to change! Giving yourself permission to donate / give away, recycle items you no longer love or like can be a very liberating experience. Think about how good it would feel only to have items in your home that you loved, made you feel good and reflected who you are as a person.

When you are de-cluttering start small if this is new to you begin with one drawer, one closet or room. Most people have an emotional attachment to their belongings and every home tells a story and sometimes there has been some great loss maybe a loved one, family member, spouse or maybe a divorce has transpired so please be kind to yourself start with 15 minutes per day. Start de-cluttering with things you feel comfortable with like letting go of old clothes,

Get 3 boxes & label each one – a. Items to keep b. Items to donate c. Items I am not sure what to do with.
If your starting in with your Clothes Closet:

Take clothes out the closet and decide one by one and ask yourself some questions?
Do I LOVE and feel good wearing this outfit? Yes / No If yes it can go back in the Closet – if no donate
Does it fit me? Yes/no if no donate – Is the outfit outdate? Yes / no
1. As you go through your clothes create zones by color code and put back in your closet
2. Pack away in boxes clothes you no longer wear i.e. don’t fit or like – give to thrift stores, shelters, big brothers, Salvation army there are ALWAYS people in greater need
3. Set aside clothing you are not sure about for a few more months if you don’t’ wear it over the next 6-9 months your probably not going to ever wear it again.

Suggestion of some books to help you gets started. See your local library for selection

1. Clear your clutter with feng shui / Karen Kingston
2. Throw out fifty things: clear the clutter, find your life / Gail Blanke.
3. The clutter-busting handbook : clean it up, clear it out, and keep your life clutter-free / Rita Emmett – 1-877-778-7564

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