The sorting system is crucial in your process to de-clutter. Make it easy to do alone. You do not want the excuse of having to wait for someone to help you move things or carry them from one place to another. Simply start with the small loose stuff and just start DOING!
Set Up Categories
Set up baskets or boxes with labels. The general rule is to start with the following three categories; keep, sell and donate. Let’s break them down a little further.
Clothing – if you haven’t worn it in two years, do not keep it. It’s out of style by now anyway.
Furniture/Other Items – general rule for furniture is if you are storing it to use later, toss it. The chance of you wanting to use it later diminishes each day that it is in storage. Of course there is an exception for legit antiques!
A lot of what we have held on for years does have some sentimental value to us and others know it. Be cognizant of your new relationships and the effects keeping some of that old stuff may have on their feelings.
Even if it’s valuable, it may not be fair to your new partner to have to look at things that conjure up memories of your past relationships. It may be causing underlying animosity that you aren’t even aware of. It’s also a new start and a good practice for you to let go of items from your past. Let go, and start a new chapter….ahhhh, refreshing!
Set up a few tables in your garage, put up signs on a couple of strategic corners in your neighborhood and try to move all you can. Garage sale shoppers are really looking for a bargain, so expect to haggle.
Do this every other year or every two years. Try not to be tight fisted about it. Remember, you’re not using it anyway. Your wallet and your newly organized space will make you happier than that old piece of unused clutter!
Thanks to Kimberly Willis who is a frequent guest poster who writes about money-saving tips and is a www.coupon.org contributor for supplying this guest post.