Wellness Wednesday : Take Out the Garbage
When you have a cluttered home, it’s hard to destress and decompress. However, for some, it can be very very stressful to even think about parting with their possessions!
It can be done. You may have to build up to it, and some are going to experience more anxiety than others. But a clutter-free home helps to build a calm space that has less dust, dirt, and allergens.
If you have things that you're on the fence about parting with, put them in a box and put that box up for a year. If you haven't needed, or even thought of, those items during that time, then it's probably safe to toss them. But they're still there for that year, if you decide that you do need them.
To not get overwhelmed, just do one room at a time. As you're sorting, consider these three categories :
- Things you will donate to charity
- Things you want to sell at a yard sale or online (tips for a great garage sale)
- Things headed for the trash
Mementos can be a hard thing to categorize...you don't want to part with them, but they're not really something that you use either. Where do you put trophies, artwork, certificates, and such? One suggestion is to get a revolving picture frame (replace the artwork every week or two). Another option is to get a plastic tub for each child, label it with the child's name, and put it in the basement or attic. You can store mementos in these bins and pull them out for reminiscing.