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4 Easy Steps To Decluttering Your Home

Clutter. It seems to be everywhere sometimes, doesn’t it? It can seem overwhelming, too: you want to clean it up, but where do you even start? Or how? If your clutter is giving you anxiety, don’t worry. Your Peachtree attorney has a foolproof, four-step plan to get rid of the clutter in your home for good. 

 

Clutter isn’t just unsightly and unattractive, it can be dangerous. Clutter on your floor is a major slip and fall hazard or possibly worse, trip and fall. Clutter around doorways or along walls might keep you from easily grasping a door handle or knob to get to where you need to go. Clutter that towers overhead could injure you or someone else by falling down, or worse, cause a slide of clutter to come down around you, possibly even burying you, causing injuries, and restricting your mobility. 

 

It’s important to understand that clutter is one of those things that everyone has to deal with. Your situation isn’t necessarily better or worse than anyone else’s. It just has to be managed (like everyone else’s). Everyone deals with clutter. So let’s do this the easy way, in four steps. 

 

  1. Throw it out. We like to attach value to things or think that we’ll do something with it “later” but if it’s been sitting around for awhile, it’s gotta go. If you’re not presently using it or it doesn’t have a specific role in your household, it’s time to let it go. And no matter what, if it’s chipped, cracked, or broken, it definitely has to go. This process can actually be quite therapeutic, as you are making space in your life for the items that you do love and cherish.
  2. Recycle! Many items can be recycled; if you think that you have something that’s recyclable, check for the recycling logo and the type of plastic. Make sure it is recyclable in your area (an online search for “recycling” with your ZIP code will likely help you find your community’s standards) and then drop it in the recycling! For old electronics, cell phones, computer monitors and the like, contact your city’s recycling centers to find out if they have days that they take those materials, or how you can safely get rid of them.
  3. Sell your items. You can go the traditional route of a yard or garage sale, you can bring items to a consignment store for resale, or you can sell it online via eBay or a similar website. You’d be amazed at what your old stuff might be worth to someone else. Fashion trends are ever-revolving, so the cute top you picked up decades ago might pique the interest of a tween or twenty-something today. You never know! 
  4. Donate, donate, donate. If you’ve tried to sell an item and it just isn’t going, it might be time to hand it off to your local thrift shop. Another person may be able to use it, and the thrift store will generally get a considerably larger customer base than what you can get from trying to sell your items privately. Consider specialty shops, as well: if you have items like bicycles or electronics, check around to see if there is a local bike shop, small electronics store or various types of non-profit organizations who may be able to benefit from your donation. If the organization is a non-profit, make sure to get a receipt for your taxes!

 

Decluttering seems like an activity that isn’t particularly fun, but you can make it fun if you’d like. Invite some friends or family members over to give you a hand. Plan to have some fun snacks, order some delivery, or maybe offer a glass of wine or a beer to anyone coming to assist you. Alternately, offer a fun mocktail, and have a few sports drinks on hand to help keep everyone’s energy levels strong. Put on some upbeat music so that you can get your groove going, and help keep you motivated throughout the process. You can have as much fun as you’d like.

 

If you’re having trouble managing the clutter in your home and you don’t have a lot of assistance to help you locally, look to your church or spiritual center, local volunteering organizations, or 4-H or Scouting groups. Many of these organizations can provide volunteers to help you for free, and it will be a lot faster and easier than trying to manage it yourself. This way you can focus on the areas or parts that are most important to you, or the items that come up while your assistants are working. It’s definitely a process that can generally benefit from assistance. Your Peachtree attorney may also be able to recommend some resources, so feel free to contact us! 

Again, remember: everyone has clutter. Asking for help with yours is a very courageous act. Managing it all on your own is pretty amazing, but if it gets too overwhelming, please ask for help. It can be quite a tall order and easy to give up on if you’re feeling stressed out or anxious about it. There is plenty of help out there, if you are willing to do a little bit of searching. If you come across any legal documents or anything needing the attention of a lawyer, give your Peachtree attorney a call. We’d love to help in any way that we can. Good luck!

At Goldberg & Associates, we specialize in handling elder law and elder law cases. All of our resources are at your fingertips when you work with Goldberg & Associates. We will do everything in our power to ensure the maximum amount that can be saved, will be saved for your retirement. No stone goes unturned at Goldberg & Associates; we are prepared to make sure you do everything you need to in order to max out those savings options, and make way for the time when you will get to retire.  

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