Decluttering your Apartment

As humans we like to collect things.  I’m not sure if it’s some sort of primal urge carried down through generation after generation or if it is simply a byproduct of consumerism.   Maybe a combination of both is at play, but whatever it is which might be the cause of our tendency to stockpile unnecessary knick knacks, curiosities, or souvenirs we all feel the urge to just get rid of all that clutter.

But how do you know what to toss in the garbage bin and what to hold on to? Better yet what are the best methods for getting rid of it?  There are hundreds of ideas and useful tips for narrowing down what to toss and what to keep.   We took a look around the web and tried some most of the tips out there.   We compiled a list and put it all in one spot for your convenience So here are our favorite tips for deciding what to get rid of and how to get rid of it.

What to get rid of?

90/90 rule
This is a great way to determine what items you need to keep and what items you need to throw out.  The premise revolves around a 180 day period.   When deciding if you should keep something you ask yourself.  Have a used this item in the last 90 days?  If not, then ask yourself, will I use it in the next 90 days?  If not then you should probably get rid of it.  Of course this should only apply to items that don’t have a sentimental value or a seasonal use.   Don’t throw out your Christmas ornaments or family photo albums, obviously

Closet Hanger experiment
We think Oprah popularized this method but the idea here is to put everything your clothing in the closet all facing one direction.   Then when you use something and wash it, you put it back back in the opposite direction.    After a month or two go through your closet and donate items that are still facing the first direction because they obviously aren’t being used.  This idea can work with just about anything not just clothing in your closet.


How to get rid of it?

12-12-12 challenge
This one is actually pretty fun and you’d be surprised how quickly you can go through your stuff trying to decide where it belongs.  The idea here is to pick 12 items to donate, 12 items to throw away and 12 items to organized properly.

365 Giveaway
This tip was a really helpful one and was popular around the office.   Not only does it help you declutter your life and your home it also gives to the needy.  The idea is really simple.  You take 1 item everyday for a whole year and you give it away.   We aren’t trying to suggest that you post that item on Craigslist or OfferUp, or even drive to the Goodwill every day to drop it off.   What you can do is put your 1 item a day into a box and make a weekly or bi weekly trip to Goodwill to make a donation.  Easy right?

Trash Bag Method
This one is for people with little more free time than the 365 giveaway method.  But this one is also very simple to implement.   Simply go through your home or apartment and fill up 1 trash bag with stuff you don’t use or don’t need any longer.

Four Box Method
This method is also a lot of fun but can be somewhat challenging.    Take four boxes into a room.  One for donation, another for trash, one for keeping, and the last for relocating (to a different room).  Then place every single item in that room into one of the for boxes and voila  you’ve organized your stuff.

We hope this list of helpful tips and tricks for decluttering has been useful for you.   Look if you’ve done all of these and you still don’t have enough room.  You might want to considering upgrading your digs.  You can easily rent-to-own a home in your area by checking out our listings.