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One Simple Rule to a Clutter-Free Life

I pride myself on having an organized, clutter-free home. I like knowing that every item has a place where it belongs. I live by one simple rule: save only what you need, use, or have strong sentimental attachment to. This way, everything in my home has a purpose and I don’t feel overwhelmed by all my “stuff”. Because let’s face it, too much stuff is stressful!

One Simple Rule to a Clutter-Free Life - It's easy to follow and makes a world of difference!

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You know when you watch those reality TV shows where a professional organizer comes in to help a person clean up their home? The first thing they always do is create three separate piles for their stuff. They’ll have a box for items to keep, items to throw away and items to donate. I do something similar in my home, but do it year-round. I have a Donation Station box set up in my front closet. It’s easily accessible so that as I’m cleaning and organizing, I can add to the box if I come across an item I no longer want to keep.

One Simple Rule to a Clutter-Free Life - It's easy to follow and makes a world of difference!

Once the box is full, I head to our local Value Village to donate. My mom got me hooked on Value Village when I moved back to my hometown last year. She has been donating there for years and does something similar to me with my Donation Station.

One Simple Rule to a Clutter-Free Life - It's easy to follow and makes a world of difference!

Here’s a quick peek at several of the items that I’ll be donating to Value Village shortly.

One Simple Rule to a Clutter-Free Life - It's easy to follow and makes a world of difference!

As you can see, there is a mix of things from different rooms in my home.

It’s rare that I’ll keep a book after I’m finished reading it. I just don’t have the room in my house to hold hundreds of books. Once I’ve read a book, it goes in my Donation Station box. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was one of my favourite books. I hope who ever reads it next enjoys it as much as I did.

One Simple Rule to a Clutter-Free Life - It's easy to follow and makes a world of difference!

There is nothing wrong with this adorable salt and pepper shaker. It’s in beautiful condition and is a little quirky, too. It just doesn’t match the kitchen in my new home. It would be perfect for a person with black or red kitchen decor or someone who wants an interesting conversation starter to display in their home!

One Simple Rule to a Clutter-Free Life - It's easy to follow and makes a world of difference!

When I cleaned out my pantry a few weeks ago, I no longer needed to keep this large glass cookie jar. It can be used to keep homemade cookies fresh or used as storage for items in your pantry.

One Simple Rule to a Clutter-Free Life - It's easy to follow and makes a world of difference!

This wire basket used to sit on my kitchen table and was filled with fruit. I’m using a smaller basket now so don’t need to keep this one.

One Simple Rule to a Clutter-Free Life - It's easy to follow and makes a world of difference!

When I drop off my donations at Value Village, I’ll usually go in and look around. I love checking out the clothing and household items and have found a few gems! My “new” spring coat is a Value Village find.

One Simple Rule to a Clutter-Free Life - It's easy to follow and makes a world of difference!

Check out this beautiful crystal decanter. It was also from Value Village and now sits on display on my buffet.

One Simple Rule to a Clutter-Free Life - It's easy to follow and makes a world of difference!

Out with the old and in with the “new,” as they say! It proves that items you no longer need can be used and loved by someone else. Passing it on feels great and I hope its next owner will love it as much as I did.

You might also like do’s and don’ts for donating items to charity.

Value Village is more than your favourite thrift store – they also support nonprofit organizations like Canadian Diabetes Association and Developmental Disabilities Association, among others, in your community. Remember to donate your reusable items to local nonprofits at Value Village! In addition to supporting the nonprofit, you’ll also be helping planet Earth. Value Village, Good n’ Thrifty!
Learn more: http://www.valuevillage.com

One Simple Rule to a Clutter-Free Life - It's easy to follow and makes a world of difference!

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Value Village via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Value Village.


Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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