Whether you are moving to a new home or if you are just looking to add a little more room to your existing space, it’s time to go through what you own and get rid of what you no longer need. For some people, this can be hard to do. How do you decide what to get rid of? Should you keep that table your mother gave you back in ‘84, or is it time to invest in a new one? What about the old television that still works, but you got a new one? Read on to learn more from the professionals at Suburban Solutions, and give us a call today to learn more about our junk removal services.
While some people may opt for the minimalist route, that isn’t at all what we are suggesting. However, we do know that you will feel better about your life and your home if you take the time to go through your belongings and sift through what you want to keep versus what you are looking to throw away. We hope that by the end of this post, you’ll know exactly how to choose what goes and what stays in your home. Here are our top tips!
What Would You Replace?
Sometimes it helps to work backward. If a fire or flood came and destroyed your home, what is it that you would replace first? This is a good way to know what matters most to you. However, we recommend making this list while you are away from home. That way, whatever comes to mind truly matters to you. You don’t want to be sitting in your bedroom, see an old lamp, and then write down “lamp” on your list. Also, don’t get caught up in specific products; start with general items and work your way through your inventory from there. Think about what you would willingly buy twice if you had to.
Break Down Sorting Into Sessions
It is a terrible idea to dedicate an entire day to sorting through your stuff and trying to finish by then. You won’t clean up your whole home in a day, so what makes you think you can let go of everything you need to in one day? Instead, lay out a map of your home with certain rooms or even sections to declutter first. One day it may be your bedroom, and you work on that for 30 minutes. Once that time is up, take a break and reward yourself. By taking frequent breaks, you may be able to avoid the natural stress and anxiety that can follow decision making about what stays and what goes in your home.
Rank Your Possessions
We know how easy it can be to get attached to items that you love. Whether you have had them for a long time, you made them yourself, or they were a gift from someone special, it can be hard to let go. While this is completely normal, you need to keep in mind that you need to downsize. In order to distance yourself from these emotions, ask yourself some important questions.
- What does this item do for you that another item cannot do? Your coffee maker that you use daily is probably more important than the French press you’ve had in your cabinet from Christmas four years ago. Think about what your items do that other ones cannot.
- Is there something else you own that can do this task better? This is the part where you choose your electric wine opener over your handheld one. You don’t need to have both!
- Does this item have sentimental value to you? There is a huge difference between your third blender and a stack of baby photos from your first child. With that in mind, sentimental value is one of the main reasons we hold onto items for a long time. Don’t disregard these feelings you have, but try not to get held back by an item—especially one that takes up a lot of space—just because it means something to you. Photos are usually fine, but a broken table from your grandmother may not be worth the space sacrifice.
When you ask these questions, it may help you more easily get rid of stuff as you go. Give yourself some time to comb through all your items instead of just leaving a box or drawer untouched. Even if you get rid of only four items in that space, that is still more space than you had before. You’ll be happier in the long run.
The Four Box Method
You may have heard of this method before, but it works wonders when it comes to going through your items and choosing what stays and what goes. The four boxes are: keep, sell/donate, store, and trash. Your “keep” box is specifically for items that you use on a regular basis and have adequate space for. Your “sell/donate” box will go to Goodwill or a charity of your choice, or you may even be able to make a few bucks online. The “trash” box is for papers that need to be shredded or broken items. Your “store” box is for items that you aren’t ready to part with, but you don’t use them every day.
The “store” box is sometimes also referred to as the “outbox,” or a halfway point between keeping it and getting rid of it. If you set aside a certain space in your home for storage, do NOT let yourself hold onto anything outside of that space. You can hold onto items with sentimental value, but only if you have the right amount of space for them.
Contact Suburban Solutions
If you are ready to part with some old items, it’s time to call Bethesda’s junk removal professionals. We are here to haul away your old junk and furniture, keeping your home clear of clutter. Free up some space and take advantage of the room! Call us today to get started!