Over the last few years I have become acutely aware of the clean up and throw out process. It started when I began downsizing myself. Along the way I became friends with the folks at the Fairfax County Dump, Salvation Army, 1-800-Junk, PODS and more My new routine is if I haven't used it in a year then I can live without it forever.
Need some help getting started on the de-cluttering? It is over-whelming I can admit it! So here are a few ideas that helped get me started on the stuff purging:
Pick a room-doesn't matter where you start
Set a timeframe-only work on the room a couple of hours at a time
Sort throughit-look at it once and decide if it is a keep, toss or donate
Don't reminisce-high school is long over, the faded corsages have got to go
Keep the space organized-have trash bags and plastic bins handy so that you aren't surrounded by piles
Repeat the process-on the next room-move on the next day or next weekend to another space.
Reward yourself-trust me after you have made a run to the dump you want a reward
So take a look around and decide what you really need and what is ready to go. You might be surprised how good it feels to not have all of the stuff cluttering up your life. And don't try to pass it off on your kids. It will only come back to you when they decide to move!