That's not clutter: It's valuable!

Are you drowning in clutter? My guess is that you have a lot of nice things in your home. The problem is, when you put them all on a shelf or table they don't look so nice anymore -- the room looks cluttered.

Take the first step. Start looking around your house now and decide what is really important to you and your family. Whatever your "valuable" clutter might be, if it is not serving a purpose to you now, you need to deal with it accordingly.

One of the best reasons for organizing and decluttering is to help you begin to enjoy life more. Why are you keeping things that you aren't using? Why are you keeping things that don't make you happy?

  • Are you keeping an item because you think that it will become valuable? Find a collector who will pay you for it now and let him worry about where to store it until it becomes valuable. You may not make a lot of money, but these items might never be valuable in your lifetime, so why waste your space?
  • Do you plan to actually use this item, perhaps when you get the new house or when the kids are a little older? Unless it is a one-of-a-kind family heirloom, you may want to consider selling it now. Put the money you make in your account and use it to replace this item if it does become necessary.
  • Is this item a family heirloom or a souveneir?Something you are saving merely as a remembrance? Why not save a photo of the item and pass the item along to a family member or friend who will really appreciate it? You may want to write all your memories and feelings down on paper. A journal or memory book is the perfect place to store memories -- ugly heirlooms are not!
  • Is this item a gift from someone special who you don't want to offend? Most friends and family members can accept that you have different needs or tastes than they do. Just explain that the item doesn't fit with your current lifestyle and that while you appreciate the thought, you've given the item to someone who can really use and appreciate it. Be tactful, while being as honest as possible. Telling the truth can be very freeing.
  • Is this item something useful, but something that you have multiples of? It might be helpful to have items such as scissors, pens, paper and tape in each place where the item is likely to be used. If you run out of places before you run out of duplicates, pass the leftovers along to someone who can use them.
  • Are you hoping to leave this item to someone special in your will? One way to make sure special items don't end up in a tug-of-war after you are gone is to pass them on now. Why not give it as a gift now?

While a lot of the clutter in our homes is really useless, take some time now to decide what is really important to you. Do you really want to keep it all? Life is too short to keep things that have no meaning to you or your family.

Remember that any item which does not contribute to your life, no matter how expensive or useful it might be, is clutter, plain and simple.

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