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Hoarding 101: The Benefits of Decluttering Your House

By (view all posts by BeckyHarks)
at 9:24AM Friday January 20, 2012
under Loose Change

I read somewhere that someone's New Years resolution was to "get rid of something they don't need every day." That sure beats the "I want to lose 8747 pounds," or "I want to win American Idol," that I normally see on blogs this time of year. I like setting myself up for failure by placing unrealistic expectations on myself as much as the next guy, so I decided that I was gonna do it. No, not win American Idol (I'm too old), but try to get rid of one thing every day for a whole year.


Why would I agree (in my head) to do such a ridiculous thing?


First, the more I get rid of, the more I can find use for the important things in my life. I don't know how many times I've gone into my closet, become disgusted by the clutter, and walked out, whatever I was looking for completely forgotten. If I can manage to somehow get rid of all the excess stuff, I can focus my time and energy – and, most importantly, money - upon not replacing it because I've forgotten I already own it. I'll use THAT excuse to explain why I currently own 6 copies of Britney Spears's new CD.


I know that in my quest to purge my house, I'm going to come across things, gently used things, that I can find a good home for. There's very little more satisfying than dropping a gigantic pile of good stuff off to the charity I support, knowing that each item will be used by someone else. I love that feeling.


I'm sure that some of the things that I find to purge, I'll sell. Ebay. Craig's List. My blog. There are tons of places I can happily sell some of the stuff I no longer need. The extra cash in my pocket, no matter how nominal it is, will be nice. Perhaps I can buy myself an actual treat – although it won't be anything I have to store. That sorta defeats the purpose of the project.


Things I can't donate or sell, I'll try and exchange. There are tons of great sites out there that allow you to swap things with other people on the site. Listia is one that I've heard of – although I've not tried it...YET. I plan to become intimately familiar with all the ways that I can get rid of my extra stuff.


Mostly, though, I'm just excited that I'll finally have the opportunity to focus on all the awesome stuff I already own. So the Great Purge of 2012 (did I just type that number?) begins.


What about you? How do YOU get rid of excess stuff? Any tips for me?