Spring has well and truly sprung around our place, and the weather seems to border on Summer temperates some days, so before it gets any hotter, I have set myself the task of doing a real spring clean.
So I am a hoarder. That is the truth. I find it SO difficult to get rid of stuff, but it seems Luke’s love for minimalism is slowly creeping in on me, and I am starting to appreciate the idea of having less “stuff”. I am pretty much sold on the idea that it is a better way to be, but I also find it difficult to get rid of things that could be very useful one day!
The major part of my spring cleaning is finally unpacking all our boxes (why yes, we did move in here over a year ago…!), and getting rid of most of the stuff in there. I’ve discovered a brilliant site called Pitchi where I can make little 60 second videos of my stuff to sell. Because we all know it’s better to watch a video of the stuff you might want to buy rather than just photos!
For me, getting rid of stuff is like pulling my heart our of my chest. If you too are a hoarder who knows they need to cull their stuff my biggest tip is to do things one at a time – one box or room at a time, so that you don’t go crazy from all the culling!
Once you’ve chosen a room you’ll want to get started on these 3 steps to successful spring cleaning for hoarders:
Sort It Out
I grab an empty box, a vacuum “space bag” type thing (we’ve got some like this), and a garbage bag, and set them up where I’m going to spring clean. In the box I put all the things I’m going to either sell online or give to the op shop. In the garbage bag I put all the things that are either broken or too old etc. Things that I don’t think anyone else would want. And in the space bag I put anything that I want to keep but will need to keep storing (baby clothes etc.). Anything I am keeping I either leave it where it is, or if I’m unpacking a box, I put it a table.
The Two Part Cull
Once I’ve finished that box or room, I go around to look at it all again. First I go through the things I am definitely keeping and ask myself when I am likely to use this (realistically – if you struggle with this like I have in the past then it’s best to ask someone to help you!) and how much it would cost me to just buy it again if I were to need it. Luke always likes to remind me that things cost money to store, so if it’s cheaper to buy a new one than it is to store, get rid of it. I find this to be SO true, because when we lived in Brisbane we had a FULL 4 bedroom house, for only two adults and then one baby. It was a crazy amount of stuff to have, and we could have saved money having a smaller house if we didn’t have so much stuff.
So once I’ve gone through the things I am keeping, I go through the things I want to keep storing and check that they are all meant to be there. If not I move them to the selling box or the bin. Next I check through the selling box and if things are too junky I thow them out.
Side note: Usually once my box is full I go through and sort that into things I want to try and sell either online or at a garage sale and things that I am happy to just give to the op shop.
I actually think this is a pretty important step! Spring cleaning can be stressful for hoarders, and you need to reward yourself somehow so that you don’t get down in the dumps about all the stuff you are getting rid of. I find I get the itch to go shopping, so I let myself do the grocery shopping because I get to spend money but I don’t end up hoarding more things. lol!
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