I am sure you are going to get a load of advice so I just want to add this: make sure when you are cleaning and throwing things away you are projecting yourself into the future 10 years from now. If you are throwing things out according to your maturity level at this moment or where you are at now in life you may throw something out that you regret for the rest of your life.<br />
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When I was in high school, my mother gave me all my stuff from elementary and junior high school including report cards, essays, tests, crafts ect, and I thought to myself, ' this is all silly- I have outgrown all this', and I threw it all away not realizing how much I would regret it later.<br />
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When I was in graduate school (masters degree) I thought I am beyond all these theories I am learning- it's all a bunch of hogwash, and I thought in thinking these things I was being mature and I quit! That is something I threw away that I completely regret and feel bad about and will never forgive myself for.<br />
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So just be careful what you throw away- and remember through out life that the process also applies to people, jobs, circumstances ect. Never throw anything out that you might regret throwing out later. It may look like junk to you now, but it may not be.<br />
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Finally watch what could be come valuable and don't throw these things out. Remember one person's junk is another person's treasure. And finally, with clothing, if it is good quality clothing NEVER throw it out cause good quality clothing always comes back into fashion and then in 10 or 20 years you will find yourself buying the same types of stuff you 'used to have'. I mean you could always sell it but through it out isn't a good idea.<br />
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Before you throw anything out you might want to store it first and come back to it in three months- this will give you more perspective and you might find that what you thought was junk, you actually 'missed'. <br />
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You can also rotate items in your home instead of throwing them out as well. I used to do this with my duaghters toys and she was so happy to find that she still had ______, exclaiming, 'hey I remember this'! At the time I had put it into storage she appeared tired of it, and now she was happy to see it again. Adults can feel the same way about things. I have stored jewelry that I thought I no longer liked and was glad that I still had it when I came across it after putting it into storage and totally forgetting about it. Same thing with appliances, blankets, cds, books ect.

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It's all about emotions. If an item makes you feel good, keep it. If it makes you feel bad, get rid of it. We should only keep things that we either actually use, or that hold pleasant memories for us. Anything that hasn't been used for ages is obsolete and will prevent us from moving forward. Anything that reminds you of someone or something unpleasant, is better to get rid of it. You don't have to throw it in the rubbish, you can give it away, donate it, recycle it. You will feel better for it and new things and experiences will come into your life to replace what you have "let go". Try it, you will be surprised.

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Such a shame..........I appreciate the ones who said the word donate.<br />
This is too much of a throw away society.<br />
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Please go to this site and find a chapter near you:<br />
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www.freecycle.com

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When you finally figure it all out, please let me know. I have the same dilemma. :-)

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Just remember if you are throwing away any important documents to make sure you dispose of them properly. Shred anything with your social security number on it!

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Declutter one space at a time! Don't take anything out of its place if you can't put it away in an hour. <br />
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Have three containers.... Keep, Donate, and Trash <br />
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If you have something that you can't decide whether to keep or not put it in a box and mark the date on it, after 6 months if you haven't used it then get rid of it. <br />
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I find that clothing and shoes are the number one thing to clutter my space! If it is something I haven't wore in 6 months or am uncertain about, or if it doesn't flatter my body I will get rid of it. <br />
Shoes that havent been wore in 3 months I get rid of.

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My #1 household rule is, if an ob<x>ject doesn't have a "home" it can't stay. I've taught classes on this because I'm such a fanatic when it comes to clutter. <br />
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Regarding clothing, my practice is if I "haven't worn it in a year - donate it". I use to hesitate about getting rid of some of my favorites that I hadn't worn or couldn't wear, then I'd think about all the people who might need my stuff and it made getting rid of stuff easier. <br />
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The kitchen is another place people keep too much stuff. I mean, how many spatulas and wooden spoons do you really need? I like my countertops virtually clear. No set of canisters, no appliances. If you haven't done this, try it. You will be amazed at how much cleaner and bigger your kitchen looks. <br />
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My daughter's bedroom was always our battleground because it was such a mess. I stood there and looked at it one day and realized the mess was all clothing so I took her dresser down to the basement where I do laundry which is next to the bathroom. Now, when I do laundry she takes her stuff out of the dryer and puts it right into her dresser or hangs it up in a little area I have fixed up for her clothes. When getting ready for school she can shower, step right out and get dressed. Laundry area is right there to throw her dirty clothes in the appropriate "Dark", "Whites", or "Towels/Sheets" hampers. Now her room looks really great and we don't have to fight about it!

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well first classified all the stuff .. may some things can become important after some days.. <br />
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Second make a store and dump all useless goods there. but make first a complete list that what and what should not be throw in store.. <br />
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and you can sale out some goods too... :) .. <br />
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