My friends, who know me well, know that I have an eerie obsession with throwing things away. There are times I have to mentally wrestle with myself to not clear out things I actually use. But overall, I think it’s a healthy habit that everyone should develop an appreciation for (if not a love, like myself)!

Throwing away stuff is easy once you learn the basics. These are the rules I follow and can say that it makes my life much easier, more organized, and I sleep a little better at night. I do want to point out that I’m going to use the term “throw away” but it means either garbage, bags for Goodwill (which you need to take immediately), or recycle bins.

1. Every single day, empty all the garbage in the house. Go room to room. Gum wrappers laying around, the little cans in the bathroom, old newspapers, the half eaten banana on the coffee table… clear it out daily! Keep a handle on it and make it a habit. Before you tie the bag up, open the refrigerator and find something that needs to go. Eventually there will be days there’s nothing old in your refrigerator, can you imagine??

2. Once every few months go through all the clothes, underwear, shoes, etc. Anything stained beyond wearing that you won’t wear to clean or garden, toss. Socks with holes, toss. (If you’re a crafter, shred or cut for cleaning rags). If there’s something in your wardrobe you haven’t worn since 1987, get a therapist to figure out why you’re keeping it………….

3.  There is absolutely no reason to keep grocery store receipts from six months ago. There’s no need. So stop that.

4. When the Purging Bug hits you, go through your books and movies. Find the ones that you thought you really wanted and then realized you don’t really care about watching/reading it again. Bag up what you find and go trade them in for a classic book or movie that you’ll never get tired of. 

5. The golden rule of all things, your house included is “Quality over Quantity”.  Are the things that clutter up your house (aka life) things that you love? Do you use them? Or do they take up space? Do you fear empty space in your home, on your counter tops, under your sinks?  If so, why? 

I think one of the main things I focus on is the idea that space and organization is more than it appears. It’s time, it’s money, it’s peace of mind.  If I have 50 blouses in my closet and I wear less than half of them, there’s over 25 pieces of clothing I have to shuffle through and wrestle with to find the one thing I will wear.  It might seem like wealth, but it’s not.  Sometimes it might be, but a lot of times it’s just fear.  Fear of want, of need, of the “what if’s”.   But the most important thing about removing clutter and organizing your life is that it makes room in your life.  Room to breathe easier.  Room to rest.  Room to not have big choices.  Room to put out that amazing new vase you found without it looking like it’s on a table at a yard sale.  And that, dearies, is priceless.