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Decluttering your home is strangely rather peaceful. Well, it’s peaceful and feels good after it’s done, but the process itself can be stressful. The biggest issue is that you don’t know what to keep and what to throw away. How do you decide what shall stay in your home, and what needs to go? It’s such a tough decision as you don’t want to accidentally throw something out, but you also don’t want to clutter your home. 

Today, we’re going to go through a few steps that should help you make sense out of the decluttering process. By the end, you’ll have everything sorted into two piles: things you keep, and things you throw out. 

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Is it worth anything?

First thing’s first, is the item you’re looking at worth something? If it is, keep it! If you feel like it might be worth something in a few years, hold onto it as well. You may worry that this will leave you with too many things still lying around your home, but there’s a way around this. For valuable items, go to places like Keepsafe Storage and rent out a storage unit. Here, you can keep the valuable things under lock & key, rather than having them dotted around your home. So, you declutter without technically throwing away valuable things. 

Also, when talking about the value of something, you can also consider sentimental value. If something is personally very important to you, it is always worth keeping it – like old photos, things your parents left you, and so on. 

Will I use it?

If the item isn’t particularly valuable, you have to question whether or not you’ll use it. Now, you will come across items that you don’t use every day but may use now and then. It’s fine to keep these, you’re really just filtering out things that you haven’t used for ages, and can’t see yourself using anymore. Here’s a tip: you’ve probably been stuck in your home for the best part of a year, so if you haven’t used something throughout the whole period, there’s a big chance you can throw it out!

Additionally, throw things that you wear or don’t wear into this category. If you no longer wear certain clothes, get rid of them. The best approach is to either sell them online or donate them to charity. 

Can it be repurposed?

Finally, you should think about whether or not you can repurpose different items instead of throwing them away. This is great as it can reduce the waste you produce when decluttering. For example, old clothes might not be worn anymore, but can you alter them to turn them into a different item of clothing that might get worn? Or, can you pass them down to a friend or family member, so they can wear them? 

The same goes for electronic items or anything else that you’re thinking about throwing out. If they’re not valuable enough to hold onto – and they’ll never be used – see if you can either repurpose them yourself or give them to someone else to use. 

After all of this, you will be in a position where you can easily categorize all of your items into the right piles. It’ll help you reduce clutter without throwing away something you should’ve kept!

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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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