Are you drowning in a sea of garbage? Could you potentially apply to be on the show Hoarders? Do you really struggle with throwing things away?
In this episode Carly and Kelly talk about the importance of getting rid of clutter, how to separate your sentimentality from objects and how to get your life in order so you’re not constantly surrounded by crap.
- The most important thing is to stop buying stuff in the first place and particularly avoid buying impulse items like weird kitchen gadgets and toys that you’ll only use once.
- You need to disconnect yourself from your stuff. I was chatting to a mate about the generations and how our grandparents lived through war times and never had enough of anything, our parents are baby boomers and worked hard to get the things they have so they’re very protective and don’t like getting rid of things and our generation can have whatever we want, when we want and at the price we want so we’ve become garbage hoarders. Our advice is to buy less stuff.
- You need disconnect from the monetary value of the item. If you spend $300 on a pair of shoes and you can’t walk in them, there’s not point in keeping them. You can try to sell them but if they don’t sell, give them away. Holding on to a useless item does not increase it’s value and only acts as a negative reminder of a poor purchase.
- Sign up to Carly’s Cut The Crap challenge which is available at Smaggle.com – it should just pop up when you visit the site but there’s a sign up form available in the show notes. You can also read Kon Marie or the Minimalists – they all have some excellent things.
- Make a promise to yourself to stop buying crap. That includes $10 novelty mug joke presents, craft supplies you’ll never use, glitter staplers that are pretty but you already have 3 at home. All of this stuff adds to clutter and is an unnecessary burden on your life.