How to Get Rid of Things You Don't Need

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How to Get Rid of Things You Don't Need

Last update: 14 June, 2020

In today’s article, we’ll tell you how to get rid of things you don’t need. This is a routine that should be done several times a year. Especially to avoid the accumulation of things that, in reality, are not necessary. They can also give the appearance of a crowded or unorganized space.

It’s at this time of year that the idea of ​​organizing and cleaning our house crosses our minds. But we always have that feeling of lack of time. We might also not know how and where to start this task.

This feeling is more mental than physical. You only need a few tips, an open mindset, and if you’re lucky, a pair of extra hands. We’re going to give you some tips for clearing out your home. You’ll be able to get rid of everything you don’t need at your own pace.

Begin by getting rid of the things you don’t need

A person wondering what to do with a box full of things.

When we think about cleaning our homes, we just have to look at a room. Let’s take a step back and look at anything that may seem out of place in a room. We’re so used to seeing our house that there comes a time when we no longer pay attention to details.

In order not to get overwhelmed when we get rid of stuff, we have to conceive a very simple battle plan, starting with a single room. We might even consider a single corner of a room. This way, we’ll be able to carry out our clear out in just a few days, and without the need of a lot of time or extra effort.

Start with the bedroom

A room with too much stuff.

We like to start with the bedroom because the storage areas in these rooms accumulate the most unnecessary things and build up the fastest. It’s also, probably, the space that’ll take us a little more time.

It’s time to ask yourself which clothes you’ve used during the winter, and which ones have just been hanging in the closet for a while. That’s the question you ask ourselves to determine what we save for the following year and what we don’t. You analyze your entire wardrobe, from the sock drawers to the heavy coats hanging in your closet.

Another trick we love is to apply the Marie Kondo technique whenever we have doubts about a garment or an object. Wondering if it still sparks joy is an approach that greatly speeds up the decisions we make about our things.

It’s worth looking at the things we have on our nightstands. There can be flowers, a nice lamp, and a photo. At most, you can add a candle, some perfume, and a good book. Then, everything else should disappear from the surface of nightstands. For instance, hand creams, medications, and anything else should go inside the drawers.

The living room

A tidy room.

This is another of the most difficult areas of the house when it comes to getting rid of unnecessary things. It’s the epicenter of the activity of the whole house.  It’s also where more things tend to accumulate.

Here you can focus on organizing books. This is what usually gives an immediate tidy effect on this type of room. It doesn’t matter if you use the shelves only for books, or if you combine them with other pieces.

Cleaning the spines of the books and organizing them is essential. Some people prefer to organize their books by size or by color. That’s irrelevant, though. The important thing here is to see that your book collection is cared for.

We’ll also look at objects placed on the surfaces. If they’re full of objects you don’t use, then replace them with a couple of small mementos of happy times, such as a photo frame or a vase.

Take a look at the fabrics of the sofas and the cushions, and if they look worn, or don’t match with the decoration, then you should replace them. Buying some new cushions that match the rest of the room is one way to get an immediate tidy effect, too.

Get rid of things you don’t need

A well organized room after someone learned how to get rid of things.

After having reviewed all the rooms of the house one by one with these criteria, it’s time to ask yourself what to do with the things you don’t need. Before you think about throwing it away, you can donate the better quality items to local charities.

A challenge to get rid of things you don’t need

A woman about to clean a room.
It’s best to take spring cleaning as a challenge and give it a deadline so it doesn’t last forever. Setting deadlines is the best way to organize anything, and this is no different.
Calculate that to organize a small part of a room you’ll need at least a couple of hours, and a whole day for the entire room. Give yourself 30 days to finish the whole house and set aside some of your free time to get down to work. You won’t feel like stopping once you start seeing the results.