saying goes: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Spring is a great
time to do a thorough de clutter of all the stuff you don’t use or have been
hoarding forever. Sell it, and make some cash to buy that latest must have
gadget or put it towards a well-earned holiday at the end of the year.
This is the
advice of Bronwyn Johnson, head of marketing for OLX Africa, who says that
selling goods online has become very popular and nowadays almost anything can
be sold online. “Whether its electronics, the old car that is sitting in your
garage, your university furniture that is gathering dust, unused collectibles
or goods, in fact almost anything, de clutter and ‘Sell it’ online for quick
and ready cash.
this, the thought of de-cluttering can send many of us into stress mode. That’s
where de-clutter spokesperson for OLX, and author of the book Clear Your
Clutter, Kate Emmerson, comes in.
“Physical clutter fills actual space in your life so you do not have to feel or
think. It includes clothes, books, CDs, toys, appliances, magazines, tools, car
parts, newspapers, documents, food, toiletries and anything else that you can
see. And yet it has a dire impact on how you feel.”
clutter just seemed to sneak up on you unsuspectingly or has been lurking in
your life in varying degrees ever since you can remember, she warns that it is
insidious. “Clutter will take on a life force of its own if you let it,” she
says. “That one little messy corner in your room becomes two, then becomes the
whole floor. A mildly untidy area becomes a space you loathe and is eventually
a littered office with 10 years of unattended paperwork.”
of clutter clearing never ceases to amaze me and every time I hear stories from
clients or work with someone in their home and see the transformation before my
eyes, it reaffirms the incredible power of letting go.”
she understands that the sheer weight, volume and magnitude of the huge task at
hand can stop you dead in your tracks. Her book guides you gently through the
process without letting you off the hook, so that you can finally feel the joy
of sorting out your clutter. Here are some tips from Emmerson:
Face your clutter demons
making any real progress, take stock about where you are at the moment and take
a few minutes to complete a clutter assessment checklist as honestly as
possible. This is your starting point, and will give a clear indication of
where you are at so you can then decide where you wish to be.
Sit with a
partner, friend or anyone with whom you feel safe who is able to shine a light
on this challenging aspect of your life. Another person can support you and
encourage you to be more honest and thus gain the best outcome from this
de-cluttering this three-part evaluation helps: Do I honestly love it? Is it
really useful? And, does it add energy and value to my life?
Bring on the boxes
need five boxes or bin bags, whichever you prefer. Allocate them categories in
the following way:
This one is for all the stuff you are going to be throwing out.
exciting box is to be filled with goodies that will generate cash. I recommend
waiting till the end of the process before selling.
This box is for times that need to be given to charity, recycled, or returned
to their rightful owner.
This is for any items that need fixing, altering or completing in some way.
As you progress, you’ll realise things that are not in their correct ‘home’-in
other words, in their rightful place. All things that belong somewhere else
should be placed into the relocate box.
Like with Like
the concept of keeping ‘like things with like.’ Grouping items together so that
things are more ordered in their placement is a very useful way to maintain a
clutter-free environment. For example, keep your entire DVD collection
together, medicines with medicines, linen with linen and plugs or batteries in
the same drawer.
No mess morph
wicker, plastic, woven, wood or paper cardboard boxes, containers or baskets to
keep smaller items together and prevent ‘mess morph’. Loads of smaller
containers keep an area tidier for longer, making it easier to place things
back in their home.
Sound is an
awesome accompaniment to clearing out clutter. If you find one particular area
harder to tackle, choose music that will energise and ‘funk’ up your mood. If
the job is more contemplative, such as when you clear out your desk or books,
then play more mindful, easy-going music. It can be a fun element to go through
lots of your music and may even help you toss CDs that you will never listen to
concludes by saying that as you spend your time, energy and effort on letting
go of more and more every day, you may already be finding that the inspiration
of spring-cleaning is positively affecting everything else too.
start to de cluttering your life would be to buy Emmerson’s Clear your Clutter
book, available from Kalahari.com for a SRP of R144.
information visit: www.olx.co.za or join the conversation on
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