7 Tips to Declutter Your Life

August 8, 2019

After back-to-school shopping, you may feel your living space is a little more crowded. This is a great time to identify unnecessary items and decide if you should sell, donate, or toss them. Here are seven tips on how best to declutter your life of items you no longer need or use.

1. Plan ahead
Set aside specific time to go through your items. Maybe a weekend when you can dedicate the entire time to the process—no work or other commitments.

2. Ask for help
Assemble a team of helpers, such as family, friends, or roommates. By including people you live with, you ensure their buy-in and commitment to keeping the space unstuffed after the decluttering is done.

3. Divide and conquer
Before you start, create a plan and set a realistic goal for how much you are going to accomplish. If you write down everything that needs to be done, you can also have the satisfaction of physically crossing it off the list.

4. Create categories
Decide where you would like to begin the decluttering process. For example, if you start with coats, gather all the coats you have, lay them out, and determine what you want to keep and what you don’t. Then, move through your clothes by category: sweaters next, then long-sleeved shirts, short-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes and so on.

5. Save for later
If you have a few items that you aren’t sure you are ready to part with, put them in a box in a closet and create a calendar reminder to go through the box in six months. If you don’t need any of the items during that time, it’s safe to say you can sell or donate them.

6. Sell, sell, sell
There are several ways to sell items you no longer need, such as through an online selling service, but garage sales work best when looking to make money quickly. It is best to tag items priced to sell. Start the sale early, and don’t be afraid to make a deal.

7. Consider donation
Once you’ve sold everything you can, consider donating remaining items to a local charity. Many charities operate stores where they resell donated items to raise funds for their work.

Although spring cleaning is a more well-known time to declutter, after purchasing items you may need to go back to school, it’s a good time to go through your clothes and other items you are no longer using.

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