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Get rid of your clutter

publication date: Mar 7, 2012
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author/source: Anne Coates
ClutterI am good at de-cluttering – in fact I had an attic full of stuff just to prove it!

The fact that we need to re-insulate the loft means that I now have to get rid of/find new homes for a mountain of possessions.

And it's a liberating experience. And it can be a money spinner if you manage to sell things you no longer need or use.

Here are my top ten tips:
  • When considering your possessions, anything you haven't used in the last year (you may wish to change the time limit here) should go.
  • If it's something you once cherished, take a photo of it and pass it on.
  • Keep a "maybe box" for anything you really can't decide on, then go back to it after a couple of weeks to see what else you can get rid of.
  • If you find de-cluttering hard, start small and tackle one area (or even a drawer) at a time and see how good you feel afterwards.
  • As soon as you get a letter/note from the school, act on any information you need to, put dates in your diary then recycle the paper. 
  • Shred old bills and receipts unless they pertain to self-employment when you have to keep records for six years for tax purposes.
  • If you can't decide whether to keep an item of clothing ask a family member or friend for their honest opinion.
  • Clutter leads to chaos de-cluttering means you'll find things more easily.
  • Getting rid of clutter means you'll have the space to appreciate your possessions.
  • Don't keep clothes that are too small or too big for you. Dress for the size you are.