Identifying our clutter is hard to do for some. Are those weights you purchased to strengthen your arms clutter or useful? Here are four categories of identifiable clutter that you probably can get rid of once you understand what it is.
Sentimental Clutter, OK I probably am the worse with this. I will tell my kids to clean out their rooms and then see in the piles they are throwing out an item and say “but you made that in first grade, don’t you want to keep it?” Of course I get “Mom, that was 15 years ago, what am I going to do with it?” You probably have other clutter throughout your house that is similar. That birthday gift your sister in law gave you and you have no idea what to do with it. The ornate picture frame you received as a wedding gift ten years ago and have never used. Yes, we all have it and you need to donate, give away, sell it or throw away. Move it on out so it is not collecting dust.
Inspirational Clutter, this is all the stuff you acquire when you think it is going to improve something for you in your life. That treadmill sitting in the room that has never been used in years, the fancy dress that you thought would make you look awesome, wore it once and never again. The expensive appliance you bought for a recipe that you never made again. The hobby or sport you thought was so fun to take up, and you just got frustrated at. All of those things you have accumulated are inspirational clutter that needs to be moved out to make space for clearing your mind.
Clutter With No Home, my parents use to say to me when I was a kid “a place for everything, and everything in it’s place.” When you have an organized space within your home, every item has its own “home.” It might be a drawer, a spot in your closet, a storage container but the object has a place it belongs. Then we have the clutter that has no home- you know the clutter that piles up until we sort through it and decide what to keep, what to save, what to throw away. This applies to everything you bring into your home, if you do not have an intended use and place for it, don’t hang onto it or bring it in.
Bargain Clutter, at the time it was the incentive to buy __________, because you got ______________ for free even through you never used the free ___________. Yup you get it. We collect bargain clutter because we think it’s such a great deal. But what’s so great about something that sits around and collects dust? These are items that you can give or throw away and free up you space and mind.
So when it comes to decluttering your spaces think about what type of clutter those items are. If they fall into these categories most likely they can be donated, tossed out or maybe they have some value to sell them. Whatever they are, if you have not used the item in over a year the key is to get them out of your spaces to free up clutter that you have.