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We all have a lot of stuff. Stuff is fun. But sometimes, our stuff gets the better of us, and we end up with an unmanageable, cluttered mess Clearing Out Clutter Is Good For You — But Why? Clearing Out Clutter Is Good For You — But Why? Decluttering is a great way to start the year feeling fresh, and it gives you a big sense of accomplishment — but there's more to it than that. This simple habit can improve your life. Read More . What causes us to get cluttered? How do we decide what stuff we need and what we don’t?

The infographic below shows you all kinds of tips you can use to declutter your home and live a neater, more enjoyable life. Well, more enjoyable if you like neat. If living cluttered is your thing, than ignore the tips here and get more cool stuff!

Via LoftBlinds.Co.Uk

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  1. John Williams
    April 21, 2015 at 1:38 am

    I used to be terrible for keeping stuff that would "come in useful
    one day". Then I retired and started doing some stuff that had needed doing for a while. I rummaged through my hundreds of boxes of stuff to find stuff I had kept to do things with, but it often took so long to find anything - sometimes never - that I would go out and buy the stuff I needed to finish the long awaited job.

    It broke my heart to throw out some of the stuff I let go. The ten percent I kept is now very thoroughly labelled. If I learned nothing else I now know that unlabelled stuff is just stuff. If you don't know what you've got it's useless.

    To further compound this issue, I used to hoard stuff at work as well. My bench at work - which I no longer have access to - is very similar to my bench at home. After retirement and several fruitless searches for stuff, I realised I was looking for stuff that I had only kept at work. My memory was mixing up the work stuff and the home stuff!

    I recently bought a massive scanner - printer with a document feeder for 99 pence - printer not working. I scanned all my photographs and duplicated 3 external drives so 3 copies were in 3 houses. I then gave all the original photos to my daughter - so she can hoard them. I also put the scanner in the tip.

    • dragonmouth
      April 21, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      " unlabelled stuff is just stuff. If you don’t know what you’ve got it’s useless."
      Agreed! It does not matter whether you have only one box of stuff or couple barns full. Label it as soon as you acquire it. Putting off the labeling turns treasures into junk.

  2. PCH
    April 20, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    What I love about this is, in one image, it summarizes the entire wearisome contents of the ridiculously verbose book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up". You'd think the Japanese author of that book would have understood the proverb about a picture being worth (at least) a thousand words. But then she wouldn't have gotten a book out of it… I agree with the comment about needing something you just threw away. Especially tools and fasteners and containers. Even if you use it once in 10 years, it saves you the time and expense of going out to get a new one, provided you have it put away where you can easily find it.

  3. Anonymous
    April 19, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    And don't take free stuff just because it is free. This includes the craptastic bags of stuff you get at conferences and trade shows.

  4. dragonmouth
    April 18, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Based on personal experience, no matter how useless an item is, whenever you get rid of it, you will need it shortly after it's out of your house.

    If all people did what the infographic advises, there would be no antiques and collectibles.

    • SoftwareBabe
      April 18, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      I agree dragonmouth. I have learned that on more than one occasion. So now, I categorize everything I want to keep, in Rubbermaid totes, label them with dates and what is in the box. We have LOTS of crawlspace beneath our home because we only have a half basement, so this is very useful for us. However, clothing is something that I do recycle. If I can't recycle them (rag strips to crochet and I make items to give to the local homeless shelter) then I give them to Veterans of America. They will pick up anything you have, if you call them. I like them better than any of the other places like S.A. and Goodwill.

  5. shirley
    April 18, 2015 at 5:16 am

    on buy one get one free; if you won't use the free item, give it to someone who will. A shelter or nursing home, for instance. Maybe the local pantry.