The Purge of 2018: Clutter

As we work on purging our lives of stagnant and fake friends, annoying family members, and all the jerks we've let stick around for way too long, it's important that we also purge the physical clutter in our homes, cars, garages, and storage units. Now, I know that with the holidays right around the corner, the very last thing you may be thinking about is cleaning out the garage, but let's think about it this way –– it only takes one day. When we dedicate a full day to a big task, like cleaning out our closets, cabinets, or garage, it can all be done! So, let's go through a list of things you can start tossing out, immediately, and schedule a day to get these tasks accomplished.

Old, Broken, Too Many Holiday Decorations: For those of you who celebrate the holidays, you've already pulled out your ornaments and decorations, as well as your holiday service and flatware. So, before you pack everything back up and put ti all back in storage, be sure to toss anything that has gotten shabby, broken, or anything of which you have too many –– granted, of course, that the items are not terribly sentimental. Estimated Time: 2 hours

Paper Clutter: If you're like me, you love paper –– until it's time to find something, or move, and you realize that you have kept every single piece of paper ever handed to you in the last 20 years. This is the perfect time to rifle through your files and organize everything, by first throwing away anything you no longer need. Then, digitally store the contracts and records you might need to reference in the future by scanning them and keeping them on a hard drive and/or your computer. Estimated Time: 4 hours

Old Clothes and Clothes Never Worn: This is a big one for most women who love shopping. Thankfully, I'm not part of this club, but lord knows I have coached many members and private clients in the art of tossing and donating used and never worn clothing and accessories. Having done so, I know how difficult it is for some women to let go of the emotional crutch that leads them to over-shopping in the first place –– replacing people and experiences with things, lots and lots of things. It is usually those of us who are afraid of losing belongings and people, who buy the most things. This time of the year is the perfect time to start clearing out your closets and donating items you haven't worn in a while, and selling items that may still be worth money. Estimated Time: 12 hours

Old and Unhealthy Food: Open your refrigerator and pantry and start tossing! There is no time like the present to begin healthier eating habits, and healthier eating habits begin at home. So, riffle through your kitchen and start tossing everything in a can, and toss your can opener, too. Toss any processed food, anything with ingredients you can't pronounce or don't understand, everything with a seasoning packet, and anything that's been sitting in your fridge too long. While you're at it, clean your pantry and refrigerator shelves, too. Estimated Time: 2 hours

Old and Worn Bedding: Every member knows how important sleep is for a healthy and beautiful life, and we all know how good clean bedding feels. Aside from that, there is no better way to spruce up your bedroom that to update your bedding. This is the perfect time to do this! Estimated Time: 30 minutes

Outdated Toys: Kids grow up and they row up fast. Set aside some time to go through your chid's toy box, and make a donation pile filled with toys that he or she has grown out of, and then, take them down to your local donation center or toy drive. Estimated Time: 45 minutes

Unwanted Holiday Gifts: Unfortunately, those of you who celebrate the holidays are about to get a few gifts you could live without. Don't even put them away. Keep them by the door to remind you to donate them, or wrap them in leftover wrapping paper and given them to a friend as a belated holiday gift. And, of course, you can always sell them online. Estimated Time: 5 minutes

Old Beauty Products: Your cosmetics, perfumes, and other beauty products have an expiration date! It is recommended that you don't keep any of your products more than 6 months to a year. Take inventory of your beauty supplies and if you have had them longer than is necessary or safe, toss them. Not sure how long a product should be kept, Google it! Estimated Time: 45 minutes


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