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Help! I am buried in a pile of stuff! What can I toss and what should I keep?
In today’s consumer-driven world, we all tend to over accumulate. Decluttering is not only a popular buzz word but is actually a healthy habit. Getting rid of unnecessary material items helps one to function better in less crowded surroundings and very importantly, eases the psychological stress and anxiety that comes with owning and caring for too much stuff.
However, as with all things in life, there are guidelines to follow when it comes to decluttering. From a financial and commonsense perspective here are ten suggestions on what you can gleefully discard during the big purge, and what you really should retain.
Not sure where to begin? Take it in baby steps. If you are still hesitant to discard documents in the “get rid of” category, scan and save them on your computer or a cloud service like Google Docs and shred them afterwards. You can then take the step of signing up for e-statements with your bank or credit union.
On the “things to keep” list, don’t forget that for a nominal fee, your financial institution will provide a safe deposit box to store your valuables.
So start today. Unbury yourself from stuff. Live smarter. Live happier.