We are deep in our efforts to purge 2015 items from our home in 2,015. Some items were a no brainer, things sitting in corners or shelves that we'd meant to get rid of but never got around to. Slowly those items are making their way to the curb, recycle bin, or hands of a friend. But the easy pickings are running low, and we still have over 1,000 items to purge.
With perfect timing, a tiny book by Donna Smallin showed up in my library holds. Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-minute tips for decluttering and refreshing your home and your life is packed with great ideas. Vying for top spot for suggestions would be putting all of your hanging clothing items with hooks facing backwards. Then, when you wear something and it is rehung, put the hanger in the proper orientation. Then, after 6 months or a year, anything that is on a backwards hanger needs to be donated -- it was never worn. Brilliant! My husband and I plan to give this a try as we shift seasonal clothing items this month.
One tip was to ask yourself - if you had twenty minutes to pack your car before it was destroyed, what would you take? Once answered, get rid of the rest. For me this was too harsh. We have kids in the house, and they delight in helping me pull out the seasonal decorations, some only displayed for a few weeks. We may only enjoy them for a short period of the year, but we do enjoy them, so they stay. My standard is -- would I pay a moving company to move this item? If the answer is no, its time to go. How do you make the decision - does it stay or does it go?
Looking for a little boost to your own purge efforts? I highly recommend Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-minute tips for decluttering and refreshing your home and your life by Donna Smallin!