publication date: Mar 7, 2012
author/source: Anne Coates
I 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
.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.