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Tips for an effective clean out!

January 24, 2014

At least once a year, I like to do a big clean out. I go through clothes, shoes, make up and anything else I think needs to be sorted through in order to decide what stays and what goes. I don’t believe in keeping things around because they might be useful “one day”. I also find getting rid of “junk” therapeutic – its a way to let go of things that are no longer useful and might be weighing you down. So here are my tips to help make any cleaning out session effective.

  • Have a “keep”, “chuck”, “donate” and “maybe” pile when going through stuff, in particular clothing and shoes. When looking at an item go with your instinct and place the item into the corresponding pile. Some things that are still in good condition but you no longer want can go into the donate pile, things that are worn out will go in the chuck pile and things your not sure whether to keep or donate can go into a maybe pile. When I have finished going through everything, I go through the maybe pile. Once again, go with your instinct. Often when looking at it again you’ll be able to make the ‘keep, donate or chuck’ decision a lot easier. And if you still aren’t sure, I say keep it until the next time you go through the cleaning out process.
  • Get rid of as much packaging as possible. Don’t keep that camera box just because it has your receipt, manual and warranty information in there. Set up a folder or plastic sleeve along with all your other important information where you can keep these documents and get rid of the packaging. It’s taking up valuable space!
  • If you store things under your bed, use storage boxes (the plastic tubs with lids) to store those items in. This makes it easy to get to those things when you need to and keeps your under bed area looking tidier. It also helps protect the items from dust.
  • Have a place for everything – avoid having a “junk draw” or somewhere you put things until you can sort them out. Having a place for everything will help you put things away as they come in and help reduce how often you need to clean out areas of your home.

What are some of your tips for cleaning out effectively?

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