Answer me this:
Is your closet and chest drawers overflowing with last seasons clothes?
Is your significant other tripping over the shoes you simply cannot fit into the closet?
Is there mail sitting on your table, unopened?
Do you have a drawer full of just plain ol’ junk?
I am here to help.
Clutter is just simply too much stuff and not enough space. Life can get way too crazy sometimes, and we tend to let some things get away from us. Take it from me. I have a filing cabinet that I used as a junk drawer (anything that didn’t have a home, had a home now.). I had mail pilled up on my table, unopened junk mail. My closet was just overfilling with clothes. Clothes that didn’t even fit me anymore! My life was just starting to feel out of hand.
5 Things you can do to save yourself from clutter
1 Get a filing cabinet
Let me tell ya, I highly suggest you go out and buy a filing cabinet. Since I got mine, I am so much more organized. I have a small one with just two drawers, because that’s all I need. If money is tight, I totally understand, try looking for one at a yard sale or flea market. If you cannot find one, get a cheap crate and some hanging files and call it a day. Maybe you want to decide to go with the crate route, I suggest putting it on either a bookshelf or entertainment center. Just to get it out of the way. I was lucky enough to find my filing cabinet at a yard sale for $5! Hooollllaaaa! I was thrilled when I seen it.
2 Open your mail
Even if it’s just junk mail, open it. What you don’t need, THROW IT OUT. Rip it up and toss it in the trash. Old newspaper, chunk it. Magazines, give them away. Unless it has something of great importance, get rid of it. There isn’t any need in keeping something that has no significant value. Keep all of your bills and receipts. Seriously, I cannot stress this enough. You do not want to get rid of something that can potentially save you later. Once you have opened all of it, file it.
3 Get a calendar
I highly highly highly suggest that you get a calendar. I have a dry erase board with a push-pin and it has been a life saver. After I open all my mail, I tack the bills that are unpaid to the calendar. Then once I pay them, I file them. Simple yet so so effective.
4 THROW AWAY
Remember that junk drawer? Kitchen drawer, maybe? Get rid of it. I know we always say, “what if I need it? There will come a time when I need it.” Find an actual home for the things you do use. Don’t throw away your scissor or stuff like that. Give it a home. If you have an office, put it in a cup on your desk. If you don’t have an office, put it somewhere where you can get to it easily. Forever-homes for my stuff became my life saver.
Do you have socks that don’t have mates? You keep hanging on to them because maybe, just maybe the other sock will turn up eventually. How long has it even been since that sock has seen its match? If it’s been longer than 2 weeks, it probably ain’t coming home. That sock done when out and found itself a new life. It’s long gone and its match shouldn’t have to suffer all alone. Throw it away. If later on the sock reappears after its little rendezvous, throw it away too. It should have been there for its partner.
I keep things like scissors and tape in my little handy tool-bag. I also have a designated dresser for my art supplies. Having my stuff put away and uncluttered has made me feel so much better about my house. I got rid of my junk drawer in my filing cabinet. I threw so much things away that it kind of made me nervous at first. Looking back now, I’m so glad I did.
5 Sale your stuff or give it to charity
Seriously, how much clothes do you really need? Does your kids really need that many toys? Does your significant other really need so many pairs of shoes? Don’t you get tired of tripping over everything and cleaning and re-cleaning EVERY DAY. We have WAYYY better things to do with our time. If you need some extra moola, sell your stuff. You have a Facebook account, right? Throw that stuff on the marketplace and call it day. Just don’t get too pricey. You want it to sell.
Have a yard sale (garage sale, estate sale, you get the point). Price that stuff cheap so you don’t have to carry it back it. Yard sales are also great if you have a ton of furniture you need to get rid of. There are always people looking to refurbish some furniture. Sell it cheap, and you don’t have to worry about carrying it all back in.
Now if you are good financially or don’t want to go through all the hassle, give your stuff away. People need your stuff. Give it to homeless shelters, churches, or any organization around your area that takes donations. You will be helping someone out. Get rid of your clutter and feel your heart. People with nothing are thankful for the things they can get. 🙂
Clutter… See ya later!
It’s easy to get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle of life and let it overtake you. There’s no need to feel ashamed over it. Take action over it. Take just a few minutes each day to improve something in your home that you see fit, and then move on to your car if you want. The options are endless. Or, if you like your clutter keep it. You don’t have to change for anyone. Do whatever you want, it’s your choice.
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