After you’ve lived somewhere long enough, the clutter of life can start to pile up. For some, that clutter is as simple as a few boxes of old clothes piled up in the garage or a “junk” closet full of who-knows-what in the basement. For others, it’s entire spare rooms, storage areas and attics packed to the brim with “stuff.”
Regardless of your situation, the important question to ask is this—what are you doing with all of that stuff? It’s one thing to store your Christmas decorations in the attic if you take them out to decorate each winter. It’s another thing to leave a stockpile of audio cassette or video tapes that you haven’t touched since 2002 clogging up an entire shelf in the guest bedroom closet.
Instead of letting your stuff control the way you live—like the spare bedroom that serves as a makeshift storage unit or the garage packed so full of stuff you have to park in the driveway—wouldn’t it be nice to reclaim the comforts that make home feel like home?
The question is, how do you go about making more room for life? Start with this good rule of thumb: if you haven’t used it in a year, you probably don’t need it. If it seems simple, that’s because it is. How valuable can an item be if you don’t use it for a year (or longer)?
So if you’re ready to start clearing out the clutter, here are a few options for getting rid of some of that stuff:
Then simply organize the rest. And for those items you just don’t know if you can live without? Bag or box them and mark the date. If you use them within a year, you’ll know they were worth keeping. If you don’t, maybe it’s time to let them go.
Just don’t forget the final step: sitting back to enjoy your rediscovered space and newfound comfort.