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A Minimalist Guide: Declutter Your Home Through Junk Removal

In CategoryHome Improvement
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Boxes and ‘stuff’ may be overpopulating your home to the point that you’re comparable to a hoarder. Being disorganized and having so much clutter surrounding you is bad for your overall well-being not to mention the expense that it takes to accumulate such a wealth of things. The nice thing is that you have the opportunity to get rid of this mess along with any further cost.

There is no reason to downsize to the point where everything that you own can fit in the trunk of your car. The idea is to take the things that have no purpose in your life and either gift them to someone, donate them, or have junk removal such as We Junk It Now, take it away. This will give you the chance to truly love the pieces that you’re left within the manner that they were meant to be enjoyed.


Start Backwards … If Everything’s Gone, What Would You Replace?

The idea behind this exercise is to treat it as an invisible inventory of sorts. This is something that you will do outside the home environment where you don’t have access to your current assets. The concept is to serve as if you’ve already been subject to a loss. While at a café or bistro, you are going to compose a list of things that you would purchase if there were some type of catastrophic event causing you to lose all of your possessions. 

The list should be a general list of things that you would go out and buy a second time to rebuild your life. They should be essential and valuable for a new beginning.


Declutter Quickly Through Small Batches

There is no reason to strive for whole-house junk removal within one day or that you’ll be able to pack it all up within a weekend. The effort to accomplish this is fruitless and exhausting. A lot of time went into accumulating so much stuff. Going through it all and allowing yourself to release it will take even longer. Set up a goal to work on a specific areas a section at a time. Allow yourself a certain time to clean up, declutter, and organize each section. Set the time and stick to that goal including breaks so there is no point of fatigue, frustration, or emotional meltdowns. 


It can be difficult to part with items you’ve become attached to whether they’ve been with you for a long time, they’re sentimental, or they’re representative of your hard work. But when it comes to the point that your home is overwhelmed by these things, you need to separate from these feelings to break out from under all the stuff. Go to https://classifieds.usatoday.com/blog/services/6-steps-to-get-rid-of-junk-and-declutter-your-home/ for additional methods to clear out the junk.


Ask these questions:


  • Out of all of my other possession, what does this specific item do for me that they don’t? This will allow you to begin to think about the functionality of the piece. You can start to question why it’s special in comparison to your other assets as far as what it can do. And can it do more than one thing?


  • The next thing to ask yourself is if any other items can do what this one can in a better way or can do something that serves a better purpose for you? An example of this would be a two-slice or a four-slice toaster. The idea is to choose the possessions that are going to add more function and value to your world.


  • You next want to find out what the sentimental attachment is for the items. With the first two questions, you can go through various electronics, tools, or appliances fairly quickly. But the functionality of a box of family pictures doesn’t apply. Sentimental value is essential for a lot of possessions and shouldn’t be ignored. How something makes you feel should still not be something that you allow to take you over. There needs to be a certain aspect of what it does for you and the amount of space it comprises.


Apply the three questions to every nook and cranny within the home including old papers that may need to be shredded. The freedom from all the clutter will make you much happier when you’ve accomplished your goal.


Keep/Sell or Donate/Store/Junk

There are four boxes needed with junk removal each with a label: keep, sell/donate, store, and trash. This process keeps the declutter process organized. Once the items are in the boxes, there will be no reason to go back in to retrieve them.


  • Keep: These are items that are essential for your everyday life and that you already have a set-aside space for.


  • Sell/donate: Items in this category will be in good condition to go to a charitable organization, or you could make some money by selling them through classified or an auction.


  • Junk: This stuff is junk. It comprises various outdated papers that need shredding, items that are broken or in poor condition, anything that no one is going to want.


  • Store: This is to be a box of items that you only have certain space to allocate for so be careful in choosing these. They’re possessions you just can’t part with, but they aren’t essential to everyday life. Read here for a list of items that must go.


With the remaining things you have, digitize your movies, music, and photos, and download e-books. You can then pass these objects on to family or friends. Before buying anything new, ask the questions you used in the decluttering effort. Figure out where the object will come to live inside your home. The next step is eliminating the mindset of getting rid of something just so you can buy a new one. If this object can do the same thing only better and truly holds meaning for you, it’s a consideration. Using mindfulness in your buying habits will allow you to bring things into your life that you truly love, want, and need as opposed to cluttering up already overcrowded space.


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