Every once in a while, everyone looks through their closets, drawers and storage spaces. What we find can be relaxing or unnerving. When we take a minute, we realize we have a whole lot of things we haven’t used in ages, if ever. It’s easy to buy on sites like Amazon, things come to our house in just a click.
So we keep piling up, things keep flowing in, but there’s no easy way to send them out. Before Gone!, getting rid of stuff meant phone calls, emails, username registrations. Ask George Carlin about it, he sure seems to have caught the whole issue on stuff.
Sometimes there’s an emotional attachment that makes it even harder. We know it’s not easy to let go of your college notebooks, or that special shirt your grandmother gave to you on your 21st birthday and you never liked. Sometimes, the hardest part is getting started. Try these out:
- Fill one trash bag. Early in your journey towards simplicity, start by grabbing a simple large trash bag and see how quickly you can fill it. While much of what you might collect is trash, this could also be used to fill a bag for Goodwill.
- Try the Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Experiment. This idea didn’t originate with Oprah, but she was the one to help give it notoriety. To identify wardrobe pieces to clear out, hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. In six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard. This experiment could also be applied to a number of clutter areas in your home (cleaners, toys, linens, tools, hobbies and craft items).
- Take the 12-12-12 Challenge. A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organize 36 things in your house.
- Try to sell your items back to yourself. It’s a way to help declutter objects that may seem difficult to remove. Try asking yourself, “If I was just buying this now, how much would I pay?” The answer can point the direction.
How about it? Next Sunday, when you wake up and don’t have anything planned for the day, give these tips a try and include your own.
Throw them out, give them away to charity, return them to their original owners, or sell them and make a few extra bucks while you’re at it.
Comment and let us know how it went!