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Purging 101

posted by unsinkablemoo

I know that it’s not yet Spring, but all I wanted to do is reorganize and purge the things in my apartment.  I felt overwhelmed by the amount of “stuff” I had accumulated and my room always felt messy. The problem was too many things and not enough storage.  I tried to tackle it myself but just felt overwhelmed.  Now my room feels much more relaxing and even a bit lighter.

Here are my four easy tips on how to go through your stuff:

1. Get a friend

Having an impartial judge is necessary when you’re looking at sentimental clothing your grandmother bought you for last year’s Christmas.

2. Make a list of Categories

I divided my room up into sections and went through each grouping.  Sections included: yoga, singing, guitar, knitting etc.

3. Put aside the things you want to keep, then get rid of the rest.

Focus on the things you love and need in your life.  Get rid of everything else. Don’t even look at it.

4. Give your stuff a worthy home.

I posted my things on the New York FreeCycle group on yahoo.  It is easy and free and now someone who needed a new duvet came and picked up my old one.  I took the extras to the Salvation Army.

Happy Cleaning!

For more stuff purging ideas, check out these NYC sites:
Google search “How to get rid of your stuff”
Recycle Brooklyn
Recycle This! NYC
Per Scholas