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Spring is just around the corner. What does that mean? Yep, it’s time to stock up on sponges, rubber gloves, and gallons of Windex because the Spring Cleaning season is upon us. Have you been looking around your home and asking yourself: “Where did all this stuff come from?” If so, it may be time to do a little minimizing. Read the following tips if you want to find out how to relax your mind and declutter your life.

1. Take an inventory of everything you own

This doesn’t have to be an arduous process. Actually, to increase effectiveness, try not to spend more than ten minutes processing everything you own. You can simply look around your apartment or house and mentally define and recognize all of your possessions. Look at all of the books that have gone on unread, or the movies still in the cellophane. When we collect too much stuff, we actually hinder ourselves from taking action. If you find yourself silently asking, “When did I get that?” or “What do I need that for?!” you’ve got a great place to start purging.

2. Process items one room at a time

It’s an overwhelming process to try to declutter your entire house so start small. Pick a room, any room. It can be the smallest closet, or even a junk drawer or cabinet. Once you’ve decided on the room or area, resolve yourself to stick with it until it’s complete. Also, especially on the smaller rooms, try to declutter all in one sitting.

3. Create TADS

What are TADS, and how will they help you minimize your things? TADS are nothing more than four simple piles: Trash, Ask, Donate, Sell. Using this method you will efficiently clear out the space, help others, and possibly make a few extra bucks. The piles you create are pretty self-explanatory; go through every item carefully and consider if you are going to TRASH it, if you need to ASK someone what to do with the item (i.e. You don’t own it), if you would like to DONATE it, or if you will SELL it on sites like eBay or Craigslist.

4. Reorganize the remaining possessions

Now that you’ve cleared out all of the unnecessary fluff, take your time designating places for all of the remaining items and put them away in an organized fashion. Taking your time to give every remaining item a home ensures that you keep future clutter at bay.

So what are you waiting for?

It’s inevitable that we accumulate material things throughout the course of our lives. But that doesn’t mean we have to keep things that no longer serve a purpose. Get ahead of the curve and clear out unused items now so you can head through 2013 clutter-free!

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