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Do you have too much stuff. You know.... the stuff that you've kept without having a good enough reason to keep them.

It's probably easier to find excuses for why you should keep something, than making a firm choice and saying goodbye to the stuff you really don't need.

Let's see if any of these excuses sound familiar to you:

1. I might need it someday

I’ve kept things like empty boxes, to remember what I bought. I’ve also kept empty bottles. I’m a stationery hoarder too and still have my Standard 5 (Grade 7) collection of blank party invitations and letter pads. What happens is these really tiny items create more and more clutter and it gets to a point where you can’t find that little item anyway because it’s like finding a needle in a haystack. It’s been almost 3 decades and I’ve never used it !!!

2. I'm going to lose some weight and wear this again

Come on, most of us are guilty of this one. We hold on to those clothing pieces that we hope to one day fit in to. Seriously though, if you have a goal to lose some weight, then I hope you achieve your healthy weight goal and reward yourself with some new clothes – you deserve it. Now go and relook at keeping those items that at the moment are taking up space in your closet.

3. So and so gave me this

I’m all for keeping memories and items that remind us of the people we love. I won’t say get rid of everything, as it’s not an easy decision, but try and keep the special things you cherish. Get them out in the open, or on display. If someone comes to visit and they ask questions about it, you’ll have a beautiful story to share.

4. I paid good money for this 'thing'

Honestly we sometimes buy things that were on trend, that seemed to be a good buy, but after a few uses it not longer serves a useful purpose, and then get’s stuffed at the back of the cupboard for years. My mom recently found a number of kitchen items she didn’t even know she had. They were stuffed all the way at the back of the cupboard as it was not regularly in use.

5. I'm just trying to figure out what to do with it.

If if takes that much mental work to figure out what to do with something, then it probably isn’t worth as much to you as you think. If you can’t figure out what to do with something, then I can assure you – you won’t miss it much too.

If decluttering your home is difficult for you – ask for help from a home organiser. They’ll help you make those tough decisions. Alternatively start with one area or cupboard at a time.

Decluttering can also be quite therapeutic. You’ll find you have more space than you had before, you won’t have that back of the mind worry that something needs organising, and when you open your cupboards, you’ll actually have things you need and use.

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