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5 Simple Ways to Declutter Your Home

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You're ready to declutter ...BUT somehow one question trips many of us up ... Where in the world do I begin?

You’re not alone. Feeling overwhelmed and anxious when you look around your home is normal. Years of collections and memories make the task of decluttering their homes daunting. The decluttering journey doesn’t need to be painful and crippling. In fact, there are simple exercises that make decluttering easy.

Here are my five favorites:

1. Every day gives away one item. Simply reduce your stuff one day at a time.

2. Fill one trash bag. Take a large trash bag and see how quickly you can fill it with the things you no longer want. If you’re feeling ambitious, take two trash bags and make one for trash and one for Goodwill.

3. The Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Exercise. While this idea didn’t originate with Oprah, she was the one to help give it notoriety. To identify wardrobe pieces to clear out, hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard.

4. The 12-12-12 Challenge. A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organize 36 things in your house. On more than one occasion, this challenge actually became a quick competition between my husband and me.

5. The Two-Box Method. Set out two boxes in a room. Mark one "trash" and the other "giveaway" or "charity". As you look around, identify these items and place them in the appropriate box. Leave the other items in place. If you’re using this exercise to declutter before a move, this will make it easier and faster to pack the remaining items.

Laurie Broesche, Owner, NEXMOV.

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