Do you have a someday, maybe stash at home? You know those things that you aren't using now but you're hanging on to just in case you need them in the future? Whether it's clothes that no longer fit, gear for a sport that you haven't done in ages, supplies for a craft you have yet to learn, or something else that stuff is taking up space and, believe it or not, it's stressing you out. Do yourself a favor and let it go! Keep reading for some tips to help you start the purge and how using Stockpile, our intuitive home inventory system, can help!
Use It or Lose It
You hear this all the time with coupons, health benefits, and more. Why not apply that same theory to your clutter. If you don't use it, you should lose it. Go through one room at a time. Identify those items that are collecting dust because they haven't been used in so long and really think long and hard about whether or not you should keep them. Notice that we said 'should'. You may want to keep some things that you know you really shouldn't. Don't let emotion sway you.
Most people are pretty good at fooling themselves. We can convince ourselves that we are going to lose weight, find time to learn a new hobby, or that we're going to get back into fighting/cycling/running/whatever form. Be honest with yourself. Set a time limit. If you don't get back into whatever it may be within that time frame get rid of the stuff. That stuff is holding you back from discovering your real passions. Focus your time, energy, and space on feeding that goal and you'll be much happier.
Don't Beat Yourself Up
Once you've made the decision to get rid of something, really let it go. Don't harbor guilty feelings over the cost associated with the item, the nature of your relationship with the person who gave it to you, or anything that might cause you angst over your decision to purge. Clearing out unwanted and unused items will be good for you in the long run, but only if you don't stress out over the decision. Remember part of the goal here is stress reduction.
Share the Wealth
If you're really worried about feeling guilty, why not donate your unwanted items to someone who can really use them? It can be a friend, a family member, or even a complete stranger. Sometimes just knowing that you've made a difference in someone else's life can create so much positivity that it erases any lingering guilt you may be feeling.
One thing that is sure to cause you stress is searching for items that you no longer own. To make sure this doesn't happen to you, use Stockpile. If you're already using Stockpile it's easy to update your item records on items that have permanently left the building. If you haven't tried Stockpile yet, this can be a great way to give it a try. Simply create item records for each of the items that you're getting rid of. You won't have to worry about areas and locations since they are all on the way out, but you will want to be specific enough about each item that it will jog your memory about what you got rid of. Because Stockpile is fully customizable, creating item records is easy and allows you to capture the data that is important to you. If you think you may want to replace the item sometime in the future you may want to include details such as brand, color, size, etc. That level of detail is unnecessary if you just want to track what you no longer own. That's the great thing about Stockpile. It's easy to make it fit your unique needs. Plus, Stockpile is mobile compatible so you can access your data even when you're away from home. Ready to get started? Try Stockpile today!