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Out with the old – Spring de-cluttering tips

September 04, 2011

Spring has sprung, and there's no better excuse to do an uplifting de-cluttering of your rental accommodation. It's amazing how much can be accumulated - even when you are renting!


Here are some spring cleaning tips to ensure your rental property will be clutter free in no time.


Be brutal - You most likely won't ever use most of the junk that's accumulated. If you haven't used it in the last year, get rid of it. If it's only been used once or twice in the last year, but you know you won't use it in the next year, let it go!


The ‘just throw it' exercise - Take a garbage bag and walk through your home and throw away 25 items. Do not stop until you have collected 25 items. Then close the garbage bag and throw it away.


Be ruthless with paper - Unless it's important - paper is a notoriously difficult enemy to tackle when it comes to de-cluttering. This is why it is important to be ruthless with old magazines, catalogues, junk mail, and bills more than a valid period old. This also includes notes to self, notes from others and old work stuff. Look out however, for important documents such tax-related paperwork, which should be kept for seven years, and things like warranties, birth and death and marriage certificates, insurance and wills.


Create a ‘maybe' box - If you can't bear to toss something because you might need it later, put it in a box; then close the box, label it, and put it in storage out of sight. Chances are that you'll never open that box again. If so, take it out after six months or a year, and toss it or give it away.


Celebrate! - Once you have done your de-cluttering, no matter how small the task, take some time to pat yourself on the back and bask in your un-cluttered glory or treat yourself to a little something special for your hard work. For the bigger clean outs, a bunch of flowers or a relaxing massage might be a just reward.

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