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The right way to do away with sentimental muddle and spend extra money (+ free printouts)

Getting rid of old magazines and clothes that don't fit anymore is easy, but throwing away holiday souvenirs or old photos can be difficult. Sentimental clutter refers to items of special meaning or memories that you are emotionally attached to but that take up space in your home. This could be a birthday card that your grandpa sent you or a stuffed bear that your children won at the state fair. Even if these items occupy a special place in your heart, they may no longer serve you. Instead, they overload your home, your life, and your budget.

Sixty-six percent of Americans believe that an unorganized home can make them stressed or anxious. However, 61 percent of us find it difficult to part with sentimental things. Letting go of unused items can help you reduce stress and financial stress. From canceling subscriptions that you never use to reusing items, you can reduce waste and save or make extra money. Below you will learn how to eliminate sentimental clutter and deliberately deal with the items your family keeps.

1. Create a realistic interference suppression plan

Tidying up and cleaning your room can feel like a full-time job if you don't plan accordingly. Decide whether you want to turn off your interference suppression for a number of days or weeks. If you have a shorter period of time, you should take a day off so that you can concentrate your energy on organizing. Remember to reward yourself with a relaxing wellness evening at home if you saved a few cents more by selling or donating unwanted items.

2. Recruit a loved one through hiring a professional

Start a small contest while settling down with your loved ones instead of spending money on a professional organizer. You can learn how to say no to things you don't need by setting your cleaning schedule. Print out our 30-day debugging task and split the tasks for each person. See who can finish his list the quickest to win an ice cream.

3. Start with your bathroom

It can be overwhelming to find out which room needs to be addressed first. Start with the smallest room – usually the bathroom – and work your way up to the largest room. Once you've got the hang of saying goodbye to small sentimental clutter, you're ready to sell bigger items like your father's old armchair.

Start with your bathroom

4. Separate what makes sense and what takes up space

You can hit some roadblocks when deciding whether to keep or drop a sentimental item. When you do this, remember when you last used it and if it still serves a purpose in your life today. Go through our four questions to help your family decide whether to keep or throw away items throughout your home.

Do you still like the article?
Do you use the article regularly?
Does it have a purpose in your life today?
Do you have more than one of the same or a similar item?

5. Sell collectibles to a new home

Remember that items you get rid of can be valuable to others. For example, your grandfather's old armchair may not be useful for your family, but it could be a student's new valuable property. If you don't know if something is valuable, check online or have it assessed in an antique shop. Then you should organize a flea market for collectibles. You can also sell these items on the Facebook marketplace, in Craigslist, or on your social media accounts to earn extra money.

6. Say goodbye to sentimental guilt

The way your family treats objects says a lot about whether you should keep them or not. You may have kept your first pair of baby shoes in your attic that you can't fathom, but you shouldn't be hard on yourself if you choose to move them on. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven't touched an item in over a year, it may be time to say goodbye. Familiarize yourself with this process by downloading our print version and highlighting what you are grateful for.

Say goodbye to sentimental guilt

Say goodbye to sentimental guilt

7. Visit and reorganize every year

Spend time every spring to break up your home, office, life, and budget. Make this a family activity and offer an outdoor adventure as a reward for good work. Divide up the space and celebrate small victories while cleaning your designated areas by taking a 10-minute break every hour. This can make cleaning a fun family bond.

8. Reuse, reuse, recycle and spend less

By searching your valuables, items that you have forgotten can reappear. You may want to reuse some things or give them to a family member instead of getting rid of them or buying something new. For example, your old-fashioned turntable could be your kids' new favorite birthday present. Save money on gifts, lavish items and duplicate purchases that you don't need.

If you do decide to get rid of an item, consider whether you can recycle or donate it instead of throwing it away. Download our sorting game to see which items should be recycled in which container. As you sort your waste, there are some items that are harmful to throw away. Research for responsible electronic waste systems that pay for the recycled electronics listed below:

Flat screen TV
Smartphones
Electronics that contain heavy metals, lead and cadmium
Mercury thermometer
Fluorescent lamps
smoke detector

Reuse, reuse, recycle and spend less

Reuse, reuse, recycle and spend less

So you spend more money and minimize clutter

Searching your home can put your spending habits into perspective. You may notice the plethora of things that serve no purpose in your lifestyle. Think of a closet full of clothes that you only wore once, or subscriptions that you can't remember. Spending carefully saves time, money and energy and can be adopted with these tips.

Check your subscription services

65 percent of Americans have no idea how much they spend each month. Check your monthly card statement to find any subscriptions you could cut out. These recurring subscriptions can be apps on your phone or service fees for accounts like Amazon Prime. Check your statements every three months with our app to avoid wasting money on your radar.

Avoid making bargains

You may have heard the phrase "Well it was on sale"! Just because an item is discounted doesn't mean you need it in your life. Eight out of ten people admit to wasting money on things they don't need. Pay careful attention and download our app to keep track of where your family's money goes every day.

Spend only when you receive

It's easy to spend too much if your family doesn't pay attention to how much money is spent instead of coming in. To keep your budget up to date, pay your bills in full once a month and set weekly spending limits. Download our budgeting app and split your budget by weeks to make sure you and your family stick to it.

Interference suppression can calm your mind, but it can also encourage your family's creativity. To break out of a funk or get your creative juices flowing, reevaluate what you do in your life and what you don't need. Even if some goodbyes make your family's hearts beat faster, they can bring you extra money. Reduce unnecessary expenses and sell valuable items to free up your space. Practice minimalism to own less, spend less, and increase your savings or investments.

swell: Happify | Bob Villa

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