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Clutter Taking Over Your Life? How to Overcome Hoarding

by Brionna Kennedy

Clutter is an insidious thing. It seems to show up out of nowhere, piling up over the years until it is suddenly made Clutterobvious by a visitor or family member. Even worse, it can be hard to get rid of. Luckily, help is available. Following these tips will help you tame this savage beast and take back control of your home.

Take a Look Around

The first step in decluttering your home is to identify problem areas. For example, many people collect books or novelty mugs or clothing. Ask yourself, “Am I using this?” If the answer is “no”, it has got to go. Also consider where all of your clutter accumulates. It may not be a big issue if you have a neat, organized space for it all; but if it is tossed all over the place, you need to get to work.

Make a Game Plan

Now that you’ve identified your issues, it is time to get to work. First, you need to plan a way to get rid of the items in your house. Are you simply going to throw them away? Not the best idea, as yard sales and thrift shops require minimum effort and can even make you a little money in the process. Old clothing can be donated to charities, which often have bins placed around towns and cities says the experts from Irvine, CA. Storage units can also be found inexpensively, and can be a great solution for those items that you want out of the house but not out of your life.

Execute the Plan

Work through your house in an organized, methodical fashion. Do not allow distractions to take precedent. Starting in one room, begin your assessment of the items in the room, removing the ones that do not pass inspection. For the items you have deemed worthy of remaining, find a spot in the room that allows them to serve their purpose fully. After all of this is done, you can move onto the next room. Get your friends and family to help, as you can make this a bonding experience, and share some laughs over the funny things you didn’t know you had. If need be, repeat this process every year or two.

Once you are done sorting everything out, take a deep breath, and enjoy the feeling of a decluttered home. It’s a lot of work, but in the end, it’s worth it.

About the Author

Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

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