Spring cleaning

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DEBBIE NORRELL

 

 

It is definitely time for spring cleaning. Recently I was riding past several beautiful homes and the owners happened to have their garage doors open and the space that was designed to protect the car was full of containers and what looked like a lot of junk. Why put your Cadillac or Mercedes outside just so you can keep dozens of plastic containers that contain who knows what? Who ever invented the plastic container should get a prize.  They can last forever, they stack well, you can’t see through them and unless you label them you will soon forget what is inside.  
People keep so much stuff it has turned into several reality shows, have you seen episodes of Hoarders or Storage Wars? It is all about stuff. People’s hoards have them by the throat and then they rent a storage unit, put the junk in it and can’t pay the bill. Someone bids on the unit and makes money from someone else’s misfortune.  
If you don’t have room for something, don’t rent a spot to keep it. Get rid of it. Sell it, give it away or at least set a time limit for keeping the stuff. If you don’t have anywhere to put it after six months in the words of the late Robin Harris “got to go, got to go.”
While we are in April, which happens to be tackle your clutter month, there are many helpful tips to de-clutter your home. A new survey released recently found that 94 percent of U.S. adults de-clutter their homes more than once a year and donate their gently used goods to charities. Of the 94 percent who donate to charity, 36 percent of those surveyed claimed the garage is the space at home most in need of de-cluttering. One easy solution to tackle your clutter in April is to donate an old car. That is if you aren’t using it. I met a man who has 10 cars. Over the phone it sounded sexy until I got to his house and saw that that several of them didn’t even start.
The clutter in people’s homes causes most household arguments for most families. Despite the convenient and cost effective process of donating a car, only 5.4 percent of adults reported donating their used cars when they purchased a new one. Additionally, 4.6 percent of adults will keep their old cars and not use it, contributing to the clutter.
I donated a car once only because after I bought it I could not get the heap home. My only recourse was to donate. Donating a car really isn’t a bad idea sometimes you can get more of a tax refund than what you will get by trading it in or selling it. I know a car may be a big item to donate but read the book “It’s All Too Much” by Peter Walsh the former host of the show “Clean Sweep.” Walsh gives you the courage you need to go through your home, room by room, and even possession by possession and honestly assess what adds to your quality of life and what’s keeping you from living the life of your dreams. Let’s clean up.

 

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