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TroveStreet® Wisdom: Decluttering my home

Throughout our lifetime, it’s easy to accumulate a lot of “stuff” that we may no longer use, need, or want.  Sometimes we tuck items in drawers, closets, cupboards, or storage bins and forget we even have them.  Other times that “stuff” takes up valuable table, counter,  and floor space.  Without decluttering, “stuff” takes over our home.   

Whether you are planning on moving or staying in your current home, decluttering items collected through the years is beneficial.  It can improve your concentration, help you sleep better, and improve your mood.  Not only does decluttering create a more calming and visual appealing environment, it also helps you let go of stuff that might drag you down or cause a negative emotional response.  Decluttering helps us keep the things that inspire and motivate us and get rid of the items that hold us down or makes us feel guilty.  

Use these four questions to guide you:

  1. Do I need it or want it?
  2. Does it have sentimental value?
  3. Do I use it often?
  4. Is it the only item I have that performs the function?

You may be tempted to say “yes” to all these questions for every item in your home.  Be realistic.  Categorize each item and decide what you would like to keep, donate, sell, store, or give now to family and friends.  

A tip to help let go of sentimental items – take a photo of the item.  Put the photo in a scrap book and include notes about it, like who bought it, when/why was it given, and some top memories associated with it.  The scrap book makes a great family heirloom to pass down through the generations.

Here’s a few more tips:

  • If recycling old bills and paperwork, be sure to look for important documents that you or your loved one must keep, such as birth certificates, deeds, financial documents, medical records, passports, powers of attorney, and wills.
  • Talk to an antique dealer to find out how much items are worth. Sometimes a dollar figure can make a big difference in a person’s decision-making process.
  • Consider hiring a professional organizer to provide an impartial perspective.

The old adage ‘less is more’ has many meanings. In relationship to our stuff, having a minimalistic life can be freeing by allowing us to appreciate and treasure the items we have that carry true meaning and value, helping us to live a more fulfilling life.

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