How To Get Rid of Your C.R.A.P.
OUR DECLUTTERING METHOD
THE BENEFITS OF TOSSING
Why do you need to even go through the exercise of decluttering? According to a PRNewswire article from August 2016, 48% of Americans consider their homes to be at least somewhat cluttered with items they no longer use. 72% of Americans believe they would gain more space in their homes by purging unused items.
Not only is there the benefit of more space, but there is also the benefit of less stress. Your body takes cues from your environment on how it should respond. When surrounded by clutter, your body responds as if it is constantly facing a neverending to-do list and won’t put itself into relaxation mode.
Decluttering can actually help you meet your goal of losing weight :: wait, what?! Research conducted by Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab and published in a USA Today article from August 2014, shows that cluttered kitchens prompted people to eat 44% more of their snack food than a kitchen that was organized and decluttered. Snack on that!
TIPS ON WHAT TO TOSS
Ready to improve your environment, mood, and life by ridding them of your C.R.A.P.? Here are 4 tips to help you determine what C.R.A.P. should be tossed without hesitation.
C = CHEAP
- Worn, tarnished, faded, tacky or lost its shape (t-shirts, jewelry, serving platters, linens)
- Made of cheap material (scratchy clothes, thin towels, sheets that itch, brittle plastic toys)
- Sample/free items (toiletries from hotels, gifts-with-purchase items, trade show tchotchkes)
- Promotional items (logoed items from a random company, themed coffee mugs & reusable bags, anything from a Happy Meal, party bag goodies)
- All things ugly (home decor items that no longer fit your taste, cheesy travel souvenirs)
- Anything you can easily replace under a certain price point (you decide the $ you are comfortable with)
Are you ready to toss out some of your un-treasured belongings? The biggest obstacle to starting the purging process is deciding what to keep.
I can tell you right now that the decision of what to keep is an easy one. Most people want to keep almost everything. There :: done! Instead, I’m going to encourage you to ask yourself the opposite - and more difficult - question :: what should you toss?