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How to become a junk therapist

Are you or someone you know disorganized, surrounded by constant clutter, and overwhelmed by a mess that never seems to go away? Sometimes we are too ashamed to ask for help, or aren’t able to afford a professional organizer at the time, and we’re often left at a dead end. Well, the good news is that you could very easily become a junk therapist, and we are here to show you how!

Decluttering can actually be a very therapeutic process–in fact, ‘cleaning up your act’ can offer a variety of emotional benefits. If you or someone you know is having a hard time getting rid of clutter within their household, then start by discussing the following:

Benefit #1: Decluttering will clear your mind

Your living space reflects your state of mind; the more cluttered the space, the more cluttered your thoughts may be. Therefore, the positive energy you’ll gain with a clutter-free home will give you one less thing to worry about. You will also be able to focus on your everyday tasks more easily and clearly.

Benefit #2: It’s a chance to pay it forward

Decluttering is the perfect opportunity to help someone in need. Donating to charity is a feel-good experience and allows you to extend the life of your unloved, gently used items. This simple act of kindness can also create an improved sense of well-being.

Benefit #3: It will give you a greater sense of appreciation

Once you declutter, you will be able to look at everything in your home with a fresh, new perspective. Not only will you emotionally feel lighter by having less, but more importantly, you will appreciate and love the things you end up keeping even more.

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Now it’s time for the next step: a treatment plan. Here is a step-by-step guide, to help cure a clutter-prone diagnosis:

Recognize the problem and establish what clutter means to you. Everyone can have a different definition of what clutter can mean within a household. Would you consider it to be items that are out of place? Or items that you no longer want or use? By answering these questions, it will allow your household to run as smoothly as possible and dramatically affect the amount of clutter that exists within your home.

Think about how clutter affects your emotions, both positively and negatively. Even though it might feel nice to be surrounded by things you once loved, the reality is that clutter can also take a toll on your emotional state of mind. Take a look around each room in your home. If the clutter is bringing you more harm than good, it’s time to start purging.

Push aside the guilt. Are you having a hard time tossing clutter because you feel guilty that once upon a time, money was spent on it? It’s important to keep in mind that the items you longer need, or are collecting dust in your home, could be a blessing to someone else. So get ready to override the guilt by donating your items to a local charity in your community. You’ll immediately feel better knowing that your junk will be receiving a new home.

What are some items you’re having trouble letting go of right now?

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Sam Landa is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on  or LinkedIn.