Gross title, but it’s not what you think. I am the opposite of a hoarder, I love to get rid of items.
I am not a very sentimental girl. I don’t keep old movie stubs, I don’t keep awards I earned throughout my school years, and I most certainly don’t keep anything I don’t like just because someone gave it to me as a gift. But I am not completely heartless. I do enjoy photographs, I hold on to books I’ve enjoyed and will definitely read again, and I’ve kept every romantic card/letter Alex has ever written me. I take pride in the fact that I am cutthroat when it comes to making decisions and I know many people who could benefit from my purging skills.
Every spring and fall I have to switch out my entire wardrobe because we have the smallest closets ever and I have to store my seasonal clothes. Although annoying, switching out my closets gives me a great excuse to go through all my clothing. I would recommend twice a year going through your entire house and following my purging system to keep on top of your clutter.
Maybe decide to work on one room a day – if you keep the habit of decluttering your house twice a year this idea should not be overwhelming at all. You will thank me when it comes time to move (or when you’re dead and your relatives are stuck cleaning up your house).
The first time you declutter your home is going to take the longest. Each subsequent time should get faster, yay!
For clothing, see graphic.
Write everything down you are taking to a legitimate donation center so you can possibly write it off on your taxes. You can also make numerous piles as you are going along – donate, trash, give to friends/family, etc. If you are really ambitious you might consider having a garage sale and then everything not purchased could be donated afterwards.
P.S. Make sure you include your husband when getting rid of his clothing/items or he will get really mad at you.