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Organizing 101: How to (Really) Let Go of Things You Can't Let Go Of

Say goodbye to your unused things

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Believe me when I tell you that I have tons of stuff. If you're familiar with the show Hoarders and if you've seen an episode, you would think that my room can be featured and I'm not even kidding! I always have a hard time fixing my room because I'm a sentimental hoarder. I like to keep things inside drawers and on shelves—even if I no longer use them because they remind me of happy times. It's like these things have become part of me.

Since we're all in for a fresh start this 2016, I've decided to just do it and declutter. Although the process was a difficult one, I realized that it was possible to let go of things that no longer served a purpose. If I can do it, so can you! If you're having hesitations about cleaning and discarding items, here are some of the tricks that I learned that can help you:

Say bye bye to things that you don't use and those that no longer work

If you're like me who loves listening to music, I bet you still have an old cassette or CD player hiding within the depths of your drawers. Since we can already stream music and download songs (legally!) online, I don't get to use my CD player often. If you also have one, check if it's still working. If it's in good condition, consider giving it to a sibling or a friend who loves collecting CDs. However, if it's no longer functional — group it with items that you are planning to bring to the junk shop.

Remove things that you haven’t used in a while 

I have tons of envelopes in my room because I use it to store photographs and stickers. Upon checking my collection, I realized that I have so many that I won't be using in the near feature. While I love sending out handwritten letters and notes, I know that I won't be mailing hundreds of letters so I decided to give some of my stationeries and envelopes away. It can be difficult to let go of these prized possessions so it's best to keep an open mind and think that others can use and maximize it.

Think of permanent change 

Fixing your room and dealing with your personal items is like a Band-Aid or temporary solution to your clutter and organizing woes. For long-term solutions, you need to have a storage space and invest in proper storage solutions.

My drawer used to be so messy because it lacks proper segregation. My notebooks and essentials are in one container so I used to go through all the mess just to get what I need. To avoid clutter, I added a foldable storage bin in a neutral shade. I now use it to hold magazines and paper products. I've also recycled boxes to keep accessories and my makeup in place.

The home is an important part of our lives. We have to admit that we sometimes forget to give attention to our spaces given our busy schedules. At the end of the day, you come home to the space and relax within its four walls so don't take it for granted and give it the love it deserves.

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