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Clutter Clearing

Spring is the perfect time to look around, reevaluate and take stock of our ‘stuff’. We may be moving, or merely seeing what feels outdated in our homes, and need a game plan to deal with the clutter that sometimes creeps up on all of us.

Here are 10 great principles to declutter your home, followed by some very special local helpers that can get the ball rolling.
 

1. Stop the Flow of Stuff Coming In. Decluttering will not work if you replace the old with new… Try to slow the things entering your home. 

2. Start With One Item a Day. Choose one item a day to let go of, instead of a crash course that creates a lot of stress for your entire household. One item over time will create a lot of new space!

3. Start With The Easy Stuff. If you start with the hard decisions first, you might just quit. Start with the easy stuff as it will strengthen your will to reduce, then the harder decisions will become easier later. 

4. Put a Disposal Plan in Place. Before you begin, investigate selling, recycling, donating and give away options for the items you choose to declutter. See our other blog: http://aheadofthecurvehomes.com/community-corner/

5. Decide to Not Keep Things out of Guilt or Obligation. Your home should only contain the things you love or use, it is your choice to decide what to do with them.

6. The Process of Letting Go. Many items in our homes may be useful, but they are not particularly necessary to our happiness, well-being, or the functionality of our homes. Try to decipher the difference. 

7. Gifts Do Not Have to be Material. There are so many ways to honor loved ones without giving gifts that end up as clutter. Encourage people to follow this concept when buying gifts for you. Some alternative gifts are gifts of experience or adventure, a gift of time spent together, even cash gifts are appropriate in some instances, or certain amazing charities… see our blog: http://aheadofthecurvehomes.com/pay-it-forward/

8. Do Not Over-Equip Your Home. A home does not need enough linen, crockery, cutlery, or pantry supplies to serve as a hotel. Be realistic about your true needs.

9. Do Not Declutter Things Without the Owner’s Permission. Everyone should have a choice about their own belongings, even small children. Honor them by allowing them to choose, and educate them on the process, even show them how letting things go can help others. 

10. Honor Each Item You Choose To Own. Every item you own takes time to manage, clean, repair, and maintain it; so choose wisely and then honor that piece as a true gift in your space. 

Resources:
 

Home Sweet Home, aka, www.unpackme.com is a professional packing, unpacking and organizing company that will help you efficiently reduce the stress associated with moving and/or clearing . 

 
For those who need a quick plan, Karen Kingston’s book Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui reminds us that clutter is stuck energy that keeps you stuck in undesirable life patterns, and therefore, you can “sort out your life by sorting out your junk.”  Sign me up!