What to do if you are a packrat

In one of my posts earlier I had talked about using comments on your post to create a new one. Well, I am just doing just that in this article.

In response to my latest article How to stop your house looking like a trash bin, one of my blogging community members Time Traveler of Life had written : “What are you to do, if you are a packrat? We try to keep it up, but occasionally it gets away from us. We are always working on getting rid of stuff at yard sales.”

Well here’s the answer to my friend’s question: “What are you to do, if you are a packrat?”:

Google says a packrat is a person who collects or hoards especially unneeded items. Downsizing is a wise decision whether your children have finally moved out, you’ve decided you don’t need as much space as you have, or you simply want to save money.
It might significantly reduce your rent or mortgage payments as well as your electricity expenditures.

Even if you don’t want to downsize, getting rid of “things” you no longer need can help reduce clutter and potentially earn you some extra money.

Furthermore, because yard sale season is in full force throughout the summer, it is a perfect time to sell used stuff.

Downsizing, on the other hand, can be intimidating if you’re a pack rat.
We frequently collect enough stuff to fill the places where we dwell, just like a gold fish expands to meet the size of its bowl.

Some of these items, such as sentimental gifts, may be tough to let go of.
Feeling as if you “wasted money” if you get rid of something you scarcely used, or believing an item may be beneficial eventually, can add to the stress.

Here are some simple actions to follow to get rid of unwanted items:

“When was the last time I used this?” and “When am I going to use it again?”
Toss anything you haven’t used in the last year and can’t see yourself using it again.

Maintain a “get rid of” bin. Make it easy to say goodbye to belongings by designating a bin for getting rid of things.

This way, when you come across something you no longer require, you won’t think to yourself, “I need to remember I have that when I host my next yard sale,” and you won’t forget the item.”

Read more: https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2013/06/25/how-to-stop-being-a-pack-rat-and-save-money-in-the-process

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