Tips for Decluttering Your Home

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Several years ago I started a daily routine of “removing” something from my house every single day!  Some of you may think that is crazy however if you never removed items from your home then you would end up with so much clutter that you would not know what you have!  This goes hand in hand with being frugal in my opinion.  If you are not organized then often times you end up buying a duplicate item only because you are unable to locate the item when you need it.

Two years ago I started throwing away or placing at least 1 item in a consignment/donation/yard sale box EVERY SINGLE DAY!  By doing this it allows me to keep our house organized and clutter free.  I have a monthly scheduled pick up with the Vietnam Veterans which is great because it “forces” me to be sure that I have items for them monthly.  Not only is this great because it keeps our home clutter free it is also a tax deduction at year end!

I also keep a consignment box in our guest bedroom closet.  As my son grows out of his clothing or a toy I immediately launder it and then place it into the box.  As soon as my consignment store changes seasons I am ready to take my items to be sold.

This is a method that really works for us.  I actually get a “high” out of purging 1-2 or more items daily!  It allows us to live a frugal life by keeping organized, make money through consigning, make a tax deductible donation, help our Veterans and keep our home clutter free!

 

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Comments

  1. Trish Thompson says:

    My Family often utilizes the web site http://www.freecycle.org to get rid of the clutter. Our house rule has been so far: If you haven’t seen it or used it in the last 3-6 months we do not need it then it needs to go.

  2. I like the idea of purging an item every day. For the past 2 years, we have not been able to donate anything because we would not have been able to claim it on our taxes (really bad years living off our savings). This year we can donate and we are doing big purges room by room. I like the once a day routine and think I will try it. I also use freecycle but some of our items are really nice and need to be sold or at least donated to get something for them (and help us out financially).

  3. Because we have limited storage space, we have to keep clutter to a minimum. We clean out our closets a few times a year. We either sell or donate what we can’t use anymore.

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