It’s January, the season when it’s customary to make lofty, yet unattainable New Year’s resolutions, then inevitably break them… I’ve done it year after year. This year, let’s just skip the self defeating process and do something different.
Let’s put our well-meaning intentions to good use: Instead of waiting until spring to do spring cleaning, do it in January. Whether you are just getting started to prepare for emergencies or a veteran prepper, you are bound to acquire additional supplies. You will need the extra room.
Once you decide to de-clutter, don’t think too much, a lot of times, you’ll talk yourself out of it with a hundred reasons why you shouldn’t. Move forward and do it.
1. Start with the junk drawer or closet. Everyone has one. Empty it out, and you will find a lot of trash.
2. Make 3 piles: trash pile, “To keep” pile, “Sell or Donate” Do not save anything for later, this is just an excuse to put of a decision.
3. After you are done with one area, move to the next messiest area and tackle it. Repeat the process in every room.
4. At the end of the day, take the trash pile out. Do not hesitate, just throw it out. Put the “keep” pile in their rightful places, not back in the junk drawer. Start listing the items you want to sell, or box them up and take them to Goodwill or other charity organization.
To motivate you, think of all the advantages you gain by de-cluttering now:
- You can sell unwanted but useable items and get extra money for your emergency fund or for preparedness supplies. Even kids get excited about getting rid of unwanted books and toys if you tell them they can maybe get a treat (some ice cream or small book) that they really want after you sell the items.
- You’ll have room for new items that you really need, instead of holding on to junk
- Donate the stuff and you can get a tax deduction, not to mention the satisfaction that you are helping others.
- You may find items you thought you lost, which you now won’t need to replace.
- You become more mindful of how much stuff you have, and will be more choosy about what you bring into your home.
Getting rid of clutter is a chore that is a pain initially, but you’ll be glad you did it.