If you are trying to save money, sometimes it’s really hard to part with things. Stuff feels like a safety net, possessions are security. Surely if you have more stuff you are richer in some way? Well, not always. Too much stuff can cost you in time and energy.
Do you have things in your house that take up mental or physical energy? Do you spend a lot of time:
- Looking after them
- Storing them
- Worrying about them
- Moving them around
- Trying to find them
There is no point in saving £1 because staples are 3 packets for the price of 2, if you don’t use them very much. There is even less point if your home is so full of stuff you can’t find any of those 3 packets of staples because of all the other stuff. This is the voice of experience speaking!
So, what to do about it? For the past few months I’ve been running a 5 Days of Decluttering Course by email and through Facebook. The idea is that every day for 5 days you get rid of 5 things in 5 minutes. You don’t empty out the entire cupboard under the kitchen sink, you sneak in and pull out 5 things you no longer need. The idea is that by tackling small molehills of clutter, in small manageable chunks, the overall clutter problem becomes a whole lot easier without any pain.
I’m really into this idea that we don’t need things around us that make us feel bad in any way, we don’t need guilty reminders of thank you cards never sent or trousers that make us feel fat. What we need around us is stuff that makes us happy. With this in mind here is a quick checklist for getting rid of stuff.
- Do I like it?
- Do I use it?
- What is it’s hassle factor?
- Why am I keeping it?
- How does it make me feel?
There is a longer list in printable PDF form available for free over on my website – www.whataworld.co.uk
There is also a free random decluttering prompt generator that is lots of fun and can help to get children involved in dcluttering!
If you are over run with clutter I’d suggest just getting rid of things that clearly stand out as not needed first, and only get rid of the things that you are happy to go to a charity shop or to Freecycle. When you have got rid of the first wave of clutter you can start to think about stuff that has a resale value.
If you would like to join the next 5 Days of Decluttering Course it starts on the 17th March 2014, costs £5 and the sign up form is here:
You will get:
- an email with an easy achievable prompt every day
- loads of useful decluttering tips
- a free eBook at the end of the course
- strategies to stop you recluttering
- tools and methods that will last a lifetime
- a very friendly and supportive private Facebook group for the course to chat in if you want to.
We also have an open to all Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/5daysdecluttering/come and join us!
Lisa also is the owner of www.nakedwebsite.co.uk – Website and graphic design with no hidden costs for small businesses, work at home mums, artists and creatives.