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De-cluttering your life will help. It’s a psychological thing, but having lots of debris, stuff and junk around you is emotionally stifling. The best way to de-clutter is to completely empty a room. Do this one room at a time so it’s not overwhelming. Look around at the empty room (oh, by the way, now’s a good time to paint or rent a carpet cleaning machine). It should feel really good to start with a clean slate. Imagine what this room should look like. Now, only put back in the room what fits your vision. Do not purchase anything new. Find ways to use what you have. Once the room is done, look at what’s left. Is it useful? Have you worn it, touched it, used it seen it in a year, two, ten? We play a game called keep and toss. Go through everything and throw out what is truly garbage i.e. papers, broken items etc. Put away what you want to keep. If it doesn’t have a home, find one or toss it. Get rid of everything in the toss pile. Sell it at a garage sale, give it to a charity donation or thrift shop, Ebay, gifts to friends or wherever, just out of your house! Be careful of sentimental items. Set aside one trunk, box or small space to store these. If you have more than what fits in that box, you have too much. There are many books on this subject. Watch those “clean up” shows on the home decorating channels. Or get a book about de-cluttering your life. They will inspire you.

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