Editors Note: Guest Post by Betsy & Warren Talbot
Let’s face it: We all have too much stuff. Whether it is the things you no longer need, the items you never got around to using, or the “treasures” thrust on you by well-meaning people, you are probably shrinking your living space with all that clutter.
It’s more than simply buying nothing new. It’s being critical of everything you already own. Does it fit your life or not?
There are 3 steps you can take to finally let go of those items no longer working in your life. Better yet, you can sell the things that are still in good condition to finance a part of your life that has been neglected. Who knew you could finance a vacation by getting rid of your junk?
But before you start planning your next big holiday, let’s focus on 3 powerful strategies to let go of your possessions.
Instead of Keeping Up with the Joneses, Keep Up with Your Dream:
This is the classic mistake many people make. You spend your time keeping up with the Joneses (or at least trying to), and instead of making yourself happy you just end up buying more stuff.
It’s like high school all over again as you struggle to keep up with what other people’s families have and how they spend their free time.
To learn to be clutter free, adjust your focus to the ultimate dream you have for your life and not what the couple down the street just bought. Every time you buy something that does not fit your overall lifestyle goal, you move yourself further away from it.
Remove Mental Clutter Before Physical Clutter:
Are you holding on to outdated ideas about your life? If you are, it will be almost impossible to clear your life of clutter.
It’s when you cling to incorrect ideas about yourself that you get so mixed up over what to keep and what to toss. Being clear about who you are, what you want out of life, and how you want to spend your time means having a clear standard about the items you want and need in your life.
Ask yourself: How is this item adding to my life? How many physical reminders do I need of that person or event? Am I holding on to this out of guilt?
When you have a red velvet rope approach to the things that come into your life, you’ll only allow what truly helps or pleases you. You’re home will always be a sanctuary to you because it has what you use and love most.
Creative Tips to Get Rid of Clutter:
Once you’ve focused your energy on keeping up with your dream and removed the mental clutter, it’s time to get down to business.
It doesn’t have to be drudgery, and your discards can even bring you extra money.
First, consider what items you can sell for good money right now. Craigslist, eBay, Kajiji (in Canada), or Gumtree (in the UK) are great places to sell your used electronics, sporting equipment, tools, and collectibles. You can also sell your used electronics through sites like Gazelle.com or even the Apple recycling center (I recently made $200 off of a beat-up 4-year-old laptop this way).
Another option is to host an indoor yard sale with your good friends or acquaintances. Simply invite them over, tell them what you have for sale (artwork, furniture, sports equipment, etc.), give them colored sticky dots to place on the items they want, and let them shop. Once they finish, you can go around and add up their purchases to negotiate a price. This can be a really fun night with friends – especially those moving, going to school, or resettling after a divorce – and an easy way for you to declutter.
Decluttered = Free
When you have only what you want and need, you’ll have more freedom in your life to enjoy your relationships, hobbies, and life in general. The space to enjoy your life is the ultimate luxury, and when you have it, see how fast the Joneses start working to keep up with you!
About the Author: Betsy Talbot and her husband Warren have been traveling the world since 2010. It took them 2 years to declutter and downsize to just 2 backpacks, and life since has never been dull. They want you to have that kind of freedom, so they created the Declutter Clinic course to show you how to get the space to live the life you really want. Click here to find out how to get started.