How to Do a Yearly Cleanse

How to Do a Yearly Cleanse

Every year, you accumulate more stuff in your home. Doing a yearly cleanse can help save you money, time, and headaches when it comes to cleaning and organizing.
Have you ever heard someone move out of an apartment and say, "Wow, it's amazing how much stuff you acquire in a year"? It's absolutely true; each year you live somewhere, you accumulate more stuff, some of which you rarely use and don't need. This is why it's important to do a yearly cleanse of your home. Organizing, cleaning, and reducing your stash can help you know what you have and, eventually, save you money.

Make Room in Each Room

The first and most important thing to remember when doing a cleanse of your home is to take it one room at a time. Don't overwhelm yourself by trying to clean out all the rooms in your home at once. In fact, it might be a good idea to do one room a month so you don't get burned out on organizing. It's usually best to start in the room that is the worst organized, because after that, each subsequent room will seem easier to tackle. Another way to choose where to start is to pick the room you use most, so you can enjoy that room while the others are being cleansed. Whichever room you start in, be sure to finish that room before moving on to the next.

Keep, Donate, Sell, or Trash

Once you decide where to start, take everything out of the closets, drawers, and off the shelves and put it in the center of the room. Then, make four piles: one of things to keep, one of things to donate, one of things to sell, and one of things to throw away. Start organizing your things from that room into piles. If you think you want to keep it, put it in the keep pile. If you don't want it, but think you can make money out of it, put it in the sell pile for a garage sale or eBay. If you don't want it but can't make any money out of it, donate it. If it's trash, throw it away. Some people skip the sell pile all together and donate everything they don't want, which is sometimes easier and more generous to do. If you do donate anything at all, though, be sure to keep track of what you donate and get a receipt. You can use this as a tax deduction next April!

Know the Limits

If you find your "keep" pile growing while your other piles remain pitifully small, set some limits. If you haven't used it in six months, for example, get rid of it. If you haven't seen it in a year and haven't missed it, you don't need it. Setting these limits can really help you get your "keep" pile under control. After you have everything piled up appropriately, clean it all, clean out the room, and put everything back where you can use it. If you still don't have room for some of the stuff, find more things to donate, sell, or trash. You should only keep what you can store safely.

Consider Smaller Furniture

Lots of people love having huge sofas or dining room tables, but maybe that isn't practical for everyone. You can really open up a room by just reducing the size of your furniture. For particularly small spaces, consider folding chairs, futons, and tables with leaves that expand when you need them. Also, having taller furniture like bookshelves or china cabinets can help open up your room and make your space look bigger. After you organize, if you can buy new furniture, that's a great way to help you stay organized. Just be sure you get rid of the old furniture first.
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