How to get rid of sentimental clutter

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Have you been on a mission to declutter your home? If so, you know it's a big process that can take a lot of time, and it can sometimes even be emotional. Especially when it comes to sentimental items. If you've ever been to a house that's really organized you might wish your own home could be that way. So like all of us do, you go home and you start going through closets and cabinets, and you fill up those boxes and bags to take to the donation centre. Sometimes even though you feel like you've gotten rid of so many items, you come back into your home, and you still feel like you have way too much stuff. So the process begins all over again. But then most of us hit a wall at some point, and that's usually when it comes to sentimental items. These are any items that hold some emotional weight to them, memories of the past and people in your life. Of course, it's not necessary to get rid of all your sentimental items, especially the ones you hold dear, but it's also not necessary to hold onto all of these items either. In fact, that may be what's creating all of the clutter in the home.

Sonya from At Home With The Bakers shares her incredible simple life hacks for decluttering your home that will help you to clear out some clutter in your home. The first thing she recommends which is a very good idea is to ask yourself these three questions when ever you're considering keeping an item. The questions are; Do I really care about this item? Do I have a plan to use it? If so, when and how. Do I have a place to put it right now? So as you're holding the item ask these three questions and decide if you still want to keep it or not. You may find out that the item is only still in your home because you've felt too guilty to give it away, which is totally normal. The other question you can ask yourself is; Does it bring me joy? If you feel a yes, you'll know it right away, but if you're on the fence about it, then it's most likely a no. The bottom line is, keep only things you love or that you will use.

Another great tip is to not always take people up on free items. Just because it's free doesn't mean it will have a place in your house. Again, ask those three questions and stick to whatever your answer is. Even if it's something from a loved one, which can be tough sometimes understandably. If it doesn't bring you joy then don't bring it into your home. You can also work to declutter the paper in your home. Now that everything seems to be on computers, phones and tablets the paper clutter in homes is less than before. But sometimes the paper still adds up. You can find creative ways to display your old favourite items, like posters or ticket stubs. Sometimes a good durable file folder or two will hold all of the important papers you want to hang onto and that you'll look at in the future. Photos are another thing that can cause a lot of clutter too. You can get your photos scanned or scan them yourself to keep them on a memory stick or SD card, so they don't take up so much room, or create a nice photo album. Put some of these simple life hacks and decluttering cleaning tips to use in your own home and see how they work for you.***

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