7 Ways to Eliminate Clutter from Your Personal Space

From old perfume to old clothes, get more space for your stuff with these tips


Have you ever checked your closet and notice that some pieces don't fit anymore? How about your files? When was the last time that you sorted them? Finding time to organize your personal items can be tough --- especially when you have work to do and household chores to accomplish.

To get you started, here are 7 tips that you can follow. It will not only help organize your stuff --- it can help free up some space in your room, too!


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Rummage through your closet.

Group your clothes into three stacks: keep, donate, and throw. Clothes that don’t fit you but are still wearable can be donated to charity. Those with holes and cannot be saved by repair must be thrown away as soon as possible.

Check your files.

Dated receipts for non-business owners must be discarded. An exception to the rule will be the big ticket items for re-selling.

Go through your documents.

Dated utility and credit card statements – especially if it’s not related to business expense must be thrown away. If it is, ask your accountant for retention guides.

Check your dresser for old perfume.

Discard the old ones. These can stain your clothes and the scent can be overpowering.

Check your personal items for old brushes.

Old ones that you can no longer use for cleaning must be discarded – whether it’s a hairbrush or toothbrush.

Go through your makeup kit.

Old makeup can harm your skin so discard it as soon as possible. Some say that anything dark and wet breeds bacteria – so make sure you throw away your mascara that’s more than six months old and other items that have been with you for years.

Check your craft kit.

Projects that you haven’t completed for years such and those that you feel like you won’t be able to finish can be given to close friends who are into crafts.


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