It's time to start spring cleaning.
In addition to making things cleaner, this process will bring a sense of balance, freedom and triumph to your life. You will feel a tremendous weight off your shoulders simply by reducing unwanted stuff in your life.
Society can put a lot of pressure on us to look a certain way or to have certain things. It takes courage and honesty to see what you really need and what you simply have been holding on to without much thought.
Motivation can be hard to find, but once you start the process you will feel better. There are many ways to declutter. I suggest you start small. Look around. Are your closets so full that you can't find anything? Cabinets so jammed that you don't even know what you actually have? Is that junk drawer so full it won't shut?
Don't be ashamed. It is common for everyone to have clutter. But be careful not to burn yourself out by taking on too much at first. Be proud of what you have accomplished each day.
You probably will experience how freeing it is to clear clutter once you break the barrier of not wanting to let go of some of your stuff.
As you start decluttering, you might have to battle some emotions. Decide how much value you actually are putting on items. Are you hanging on to the past? Is someone going to be upset if you give an item away? Are you seeking happiness through an item? Throwing out a sentimental item does not stop you from having memories.
And remember, by decluttering you can help others. You can donate items to charity or give other worthwhile causes. You can sell it or auction it, give it to family or friends if they need it
In your efforts to declutter, don't forget the electronic part of your daily life. How many emails are there in your inbox? Does your contact list on your phone have lots of people you will never talk to again? It is time to clear out all the old data.
Set up a calendar in your phone or computer to help you organize all of your appointments or special events.
Here are a couple of apps to help organize your to-do lists, passwords and files:
- Sign up for Dropbox, which will give you a virtual box to drop anything into. It's password-protected and free with 2GB of storage. Any file may be kept in Dropbox, including photos or documents that you can share with friends or family.
Where to donate or trade in items
- Old magazines, travel-size items, puzzles, thank you cards and snack items may be donated to Military Mission, 3650 Boston Road, Suite 146, Lexington KY 40514.
A free disposal day is taking place from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 at the Bluegrass Waste Alliance Transfer Station 1505 Old Frankfort Pike. It normally costs $63.53 a ton to dispose of household waste. Bring a valid Fayette County driver's license; all loads must be level with the bed of the truck; no appliances, only household waste, will be accepted. Check Lexingtonky.gov for more information.
If you can't make it April 18, items such as TVs with broken screens should be taken to the Bluegrass Waste Alliance Transfer Station. Hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. There is a charge. If you have questions about what materials are accepted, call (859) 281-1094.
- Log into your Meijer Mperks account to load a coupon for free Fairlife 52-ounce chocolate and 2 percent white milk. Coupons are good through Friday.