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How to Get Rid of Your Stuff

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Stay on top of your New Year’s resolution to get organized. Now is a good time to take an inventory of the things crowding your apartment and purge your place of anything that doesn’t need to be there! Take some time to deep clean and declutter your apartment using ideas from this week’s Hillside Commons Blog — you CAN let go of your things and get rid of your stuff. Here’s how: 

Go through each room looking for specific things. It can be a bit overwhelming to just tell yourself to get rid of everything, so take it one step at a time. Start your day picking up dirty laundry and folding and putting away blankets, then go through your mail or other piles of paper stacking up on counters and tabletops. File away important documents and shred things you don’t need to keep. Do these and other chores throughout the apartment. Before you know it, you’ll have chipped away at all the clutter you’ve been ignoring!

When going through clothes or items that are difficult to get rid of, ask yourself these important de-cluttering questions. Whether or not you’ll be the next star of Hoarders, you can probably relate to the feeling of not wanting to part with certain items. But asking yourself (and answering honestly!) whether something is useful or adds value to your life will help you make smart decisions you won’t regret later.

Don’t be afraid to throw away or give away. Gather some boxes or bags you can designate for what you’ll do with the things you come across, and let yourself throw away or give away items you have no more use for. Especially if things are broken, throw them away so they don’t hurt you or anyone else. Rest well knowing that something you love may be enjoyed by someone else. Get a little inspiration from Toy Story 3 if you need to! Of course, you don’t have to get rid of everything. Just find a place for each item so things don’t collect and crowd up your apartment. If you do, within the next few weeks of normal living, it’ll be easier to put away things that do accumulate!

What tips do you have for de-cluttering or de-junking? Let us know in the comments so we can try them out. Thanks for reading. Good luck!