February 17, 2013 by Jenn
This is the time of year when people’s resolutions start going out the window. Don’t get discouraged if you haven’t accomplished some of the goals you had for staying neat and tidy. Rome wasn’t built in a day, AMIRITE? My big goal for this year is to de-clutter, as you can tell by some of my other posts. Here are a few quick tips for how to stay on top of the mess.
1. Conquer the closet. I recently got rid of a lot of things but keeping closets clutter free is an ongoing process. Go in your closet and turn all the hangers the wrong way. You’re probably saying “what? huh? that’s crazy!” but it works. If all the hangers are backwards and as you use things, you put them back the right way, after 6 months you’ll see what you don’t wear! It’ll make it a lot easier to give old clothes the boot when you are 100% sure you never wear them.
2. 1 thing in, 1 thing out. This is one of the oldest tricks in the book but I’ve been doing it for about 6 months now and it work so well. If I bring 1 thing into my home, 1 thing has got to go. Accumulation is no longer a problem.
3. Scale it. Make yourself a scale of 1 to 5. 1 being that you don’t need an item and 5 being that you just have to have it or you’ll die. I have a tendency to go to thrift stores and purchase way too many things. Ill tell myself “It’s only 2 dollars so I have to get it, I’ll find something to do with it!”. Reality? No I won’t. It will sit in my house forever until I forget about it. When shopping, scale it. How much do you really love/need this object? Can you afford it? Is the price in sync with how much you want it? (That dress is 30 dollars, it’s cute, but is it 30 dollars worth of cute?)
I hope you find these tips helpful! If you’re mindful of the shopping choices you make and if you really want to live a less cluttered life you will not only be saving money but you’ll feel better too!
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