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Break up with your junk

It’s time to end this messy relationship.

Valentine’s Day is a great day to assess your relationships: Tell your spouse you love them, dot your ‘I’s with hearts, and bake some sugar cookies.

But this holiday is also a perfect time to reflect on the relationship you have with your belongings: Do you have many random piles of odds and ends? Are your closet doors always slightly ajar, busting from clothes inside? Has your spatula been lost in the utensil drawer for eons?

If you answered “Yes” to those questions, or if you can’t immediately remember where your camping gear is, use this month to break up with your junk.

Start From the Heart

Be honest with yourself: when’s the last time you saw the back of the junk drawer?

Go through each room in your house, and take a good look in every nook and cranny. Make a pile of things you will donate or throw out, and don’t look back. If you haven’t used it in a year, you probably never will, so say “Sayonara!”

Declutter with Class

It’s not enough to just declutter. When everything has been tossed, do a deep clean before you close drawers or redecorate.

There are emotional benefits to a super clean house: it feels fresher, lighter, and more organized.

Stay Ahead of the Game

You probably fell into this relationship with your junk because there were no systems in place for new items. A good rule is “one in, one out” for clothes and toys, which easily pile up.

Identify problem areas (usually they’re drawers, closets, shelves) and make a trip to IKEA or Crate & Barrel for some organizers. If everything has a home, you’re less likely to add clutter.

Which junk are you breaking up with first?

Sarah Gray is PR Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and sister companies You Move Me, and WOW 1 DAY PAINTING. She’s known for her can-do attitude, whether it comes to communications or home improvement projects. Connect with Sarah on LinkedIn.

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