Let Go And Live Free

Dated: 12/17/2018

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Make Life Easier by Letting Go of Some Extra Stuff this New Year

2019 is just around the corner.  Has your garage gained weight or your attic gotten top heavy? If this has become a concern to you then it’s time to lose some extra stuff and get things in shape.  Especially if you are planning to move this year. You will make life easier by letting go of extra stuff no matter what your plans. If it’s all become too much and is weighing on you. Take courage, you can let go and live better.

If you can afford to hire a professional organizer it may be worth it for you to do so. If you are a DYI person then begin with a quick simple inventory of what type of stuff is in the space such as general categories like, furniture, tools, décor and such.  One of the biggest space invaders are old furniture and mementos, holiday decorations and tools. Simple steps like clearing out old decorations and broken Christmas lights is a great place to begin.  Don’t pack them up this year if they are broken. As you look around your garage or attic remember that your mindset is going to be your enemy or your ally.

Some helpful guidelines for evaluating extra stuff are:

  • Do you remember or realize you own that item when you need it?

  • How accessible is the item?

  • Is it in good repair? If not, is the cost of repair worth it? When will it be repaired?

  • Do you have more than one of the item? Why?

  • What is the value of the item? Practical use, economic investment or sentimental?

  • How often do you use it? If it’s seasonal, do you actually use it?

  • Does the item add value, convenience, or comfort to your life?

  • Is the cost of keeping this item worth it? Cost can be financial, emotional, mental or physical.

  • Are you storing things for other people? If so, for how long? Have they forgotten their stuff?

Some helpful guidelines for eliminating extra stuff are:

  • Have trash bags and boxes ready to go.

  • Set up designated areas for items- to keep, to repair, to sell, to trash, and to donate.

  • Get rid of things you don’t use. If you haven’t used it in years it should be eliminated unless it’s a family heirloom. In that case it should be cared for. Have you considered giving to another family member or selling?

  • Get rid of broken things.  If you don’t repair it within a couple of weeks you should ask yourself why not. Most likely it should be eliminated unless the reasons are truly valid.

  • Get rid of excessive multiples. Five hammers? They take up multiple space.  Be firm. Why do you have 3 or more of the same thing?

  • Get rid of your fears. Are you afraid of getting rid of anything?  If so, why? Consider getting rid of it as a step toward conquering the fear.

  • Get rid of the recycle stuff. Do you have piles of stuff you intend to recycle? Time to let it go to be recycled.

If for no other reasons you really like something and can take care of it then you might as well keep it.

Wishing you a wonderful, healthier and happier new year!

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