The end of summer is a great time to purge. Next thing you know the holidays are around the corner and you still have floats and noodles left over from summer. We tend to acquire more items during fall. We stock up on back to school items, new fall clothing and décor. Next thing you know, we need more space for holiday decorations and gifts. In this read, discover tips that will help you successfully purge items around your home.
First start by categories. It can be whatever needs the most attention, such as clothes, toys or pantry items. Take inventory of each category item throughout every room in the house. A good question to ask yourself if, “Do I have multiple items of the same thing?”. If so decide which one to keep and which item to donate.
Go through all important papers and digitize what is relevant, and shred what is no longer needed. You can either scan documents or simply take photos of them. Create organized folders on your PC so you can easily find any document you may need. This will free up a ton of storage space in your home! These important folders should be backed up. We recommend buying an external hard drive. This will allow you to back up your files and keep the hard drive separate in case something should happen to the computer.
Go through your pantry, cupboards and refrigerator. Check the expiration date on all items. Throw away anything that is expired. Items that are expiring soon should be used quickly or simply tossed. You will be surprised how many items that will end up getting tossed!
When you find yourself with a lot of free extra storage space, after a purge has taken place, do not simply look for a way to fill up the empty space. Keep that storage space free until there comes a time where you need to store holiday decorations or whatever may show up. Having free storage space available throughout the year will help you stay more organized as well as keeping clutter at bay!