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Make Money From Your Clutter

There are lots of ways to make some cash from the excess items and clutter you have around your home. It doesn’t matter what it is, you can turn your clutter into cash. Wouldn’t you like to get some money from de-cluttering?

There are many books around that can assist you with turning your clutter into cash but I really like this particular book authored by Donna Smallin Kuper.  It helps you to do just that. Although she’s in the U.S. there are many great ideas and tips.

You will learn what to sell, where and for how much.  It has tons of advice based on her own personal experiences.

To get you started ask yourself these 3 questions to decide what to keep and what to let go:

1.  How many times have I used this in the last year?

2.  Do I have more than one of these and do I really need all of them?

3.  Is this too large or too small for me?

Now go out there and turn your clutter into cash!

 

Children’s Books To Help Teach De-cluttering

With spring in the air it’s a good time to start working with your younger children to teach them how to let go of their unused and unwanted items.  In an earlier post I mentioned a book that is helpful when working with children in this regard.  There are a few other books that parents have told me have been helpful when they are talking to their children about editing some of their belongings. They are all from the Berenstain Bears collection.

The first one is The Berenstain Bears and The Messy Room.  In this book brother and sister bears’ room was a mess and they argue with each other quite a bit about who should tidy up instead of working together to get the job done.  This book is helpful in that it will teach children to do their fair share in keeping their spaces clean without arguing. It teaches children responsibility.

The second book is The Berenstain Bears Clean House.  In this book, during spring cleaning the bear family have difficultly letting go of things they no longer use (sound familiar to anyone?), so they decide to hold a yard sale.  I will admit that the ending of the book was surprising to me.  Rather than going through with the yard sale and let go of the items, they decide to keep the items and use the space in the attic for the storage of the items. Still is a good book to read with your children to help acknowledge their feelings about things.

The third book is The Berenstain Bears Think Of Those In Need.  As with all the books in this series, this teaches a timeless lesson and principles easy for little ones to learn. They also help parents in showing them a good way to handle sometimes difficult situations.

It’s never too young to begin to teach your children the basic principles of de-cluttering and organizing. In doing so, you are also instilling important values: one of which is that the important things in life are not things.

The Upside To Downsizing

Believe it or not, there is an upside to downsizing.  In addition to the benefits of getting organized in general, such as:

  • Reduced stress and frustration
  • Improved quality of life
  • Increased energy & productivity
  • Paying your bills on time

there is also an opportunity for you to start a more secure and socially active way of life with more free time and the ability to do more of the things you enjoy and things that are important to you.

When you downsize you reduce the amount of stuff you own.  In doing so, you may also find you have more space.  For example,  wouldn’t it be great if you could actually store your car in the garage! I can’t tell you how many clients I have that are simply unable to do that because of the all the “stuff” currently situated in that space.  Imagine that! Actually putting your car into a garage!

And let’s face it.  Many seniors need room to move around in a space.  Too much stuff creates barriers to safe living.

If barriers exist due to excess furniture and belongings, you’ll need to downsize your living space to reduce the amount of furniture in your home.

But scaling down from many rooms to just a few is a massive job.  What’s really important is the type and amount of furniture that will fit in your new space. There will be instances where some spaces may have to do double duty.  For instance, in your new home the living room may also have  to serve as your office or your craft room. This means looking for items for your home that are multi-functional, such as a console/sofa table that you can also use as your desk. You’ll need to be creative.

When it comes to downsizing, start with a single step.  If you love it, keep it, if you don’t, use the opportunity to let it go.

 Ultimately, downsizing is also the process of sorting through all kinds of stuff to determine what is most meaningful and important. By removing the clutter, the treasures that are most meaningful will have more space so they can be treasured EVEN MORE!!!

Downsizing.

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Many are doing it for a better quality of life.  So can you.  Are you up for the challenge?

Organizing For Healthy Living – 3 Tricks

Have you ever thought about how disorganization in your life results in increased stress and frustration for you & your family? The effect of being chronically disorganized has a huge impact on your level of stress which can manifest itself in various forms of poor health.

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I know we all want to lower the stress in our lives, but in many cases the stress is the obstacle to getting organized. What better time than now to start the year off fresh and take that first step to de-stress and get organized for healthier living.  If you think about it, many stressors are rooted in poor organizational habits. When you get organized, you reduce stress, plain and simple.

The first step to de-stress is to de-clutter.  Most of us have too much stuff.  So take a quick look around your space and determine what you no longer use, need or want.  I bet you can find at least 10 items in your home to which you can say goodbye.  If you can incorporate a minimum of 10 minutes a day doing just this and letting go of some of the clutter in your home, you will  feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders, reducing stress and creating a healthier mind and body as you lighten the load a little bit every day.

Here are 3 tricks that will help you get started and be more organized:

1.  Make a mental note to keep flat surfaces clear.  Doing so will keep you more calm and relaxed.

2.  Stop using the word “later”.  Especially when it comes to paperwork.  Just clearing the paperwork in your home will automatically reduce your level of stress.  When you see a pile of papers sitting around, deal with them now, not later.  Simply taking action for  a couple of minutes each time you see clutter will add up to decreased stress at the end of the day.

3.  Have a space for everything.  This way you will know where things need to live and it also helps you to set a limit on how much you can acquire.

And remember this rule of thumb – “One in = One out” .  This means that whenever you bring something new in your space, one thing has to leave.  Your inventory must match your storage.

Lastly, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again.  You are not your stuff. Stuff is inanimate.  You are not.  It’s ok to let it go and declutter for a healthier mind and body.