De-junking 101

Clutter is a problem in many aspects of life. It’s not aesthetically appealing, so it might cause you stress when you see it in your home. It makes it difficult to concentrate on tasks when nothing is organized, and it’s just a mess. You’ve finally decided it’s time to de-junk your home, office, car, and life as a whole, but how do you know what’s junk and what’s a sentimental item you must hold onto? With these tips, it’s easy.

You Haven’t Seen It, Thought of It, or Used It in Years

You’re going through the garage and find your old golf clubs. They were expensive, and they’re clearly not junk. The problem is you haven’t golfed in almost 15 years. If you’re on the fence about keeping them because they were expensive and sentimental, you aren’t alone. It’s been so long since you used them, they’re junk. You needn’t throw them away, but you must get rid of them by donating or selling them.

Paperwork and Other Sentimental Items

Your daughter is married and has kids of her own now, and you still have all her kindergarten class work. It’s sweet you kept it, but she’s never asked to see it or have it, and you haven’t looked at it since you stored it away. If you must, take photos of all her artwork and other sentimental paperwork you come across in the de-junking process and upload them to an online photo site. You can print them in an album or save them for future reference, and your house is no longer cluttered.

Anything in Disrepair

Clothes, shoes, furniture, toys, or anything else that’s broken, stained, or generally not capable of being used or worn is junk, and there are no arguments about this one. Even thrift stores such as Goodwill do not accept broken or stained, ripped, or unusable items. If they won’t take these things, why are you keeping them?

You Don’t Want It

It might not be junk simply because you no longer want it, but it doesn’t mean you need to keep it. If it’s useless, a knick-knack with no purpose or sentimental value, or you just can’t see it in your home anymore, you can get rid of it. Donate it, sell it, or throw it away depending on the condition you find it in.

Junk is a relative term, which is where the statement about one man’s junk being another’s treasure comes from. Your junk might different from someone else’s, but you’ll know it’s junk in your household if you take these tips and apply them to the de-junking process as you begin to clear out the clutter in your life.