Declutter your home – declutter your life
I tried not to take it personally when my sister gifted me Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. And, though I discovered some interesting suggestions for organizing my things (items in a drawer should stand upright, not lie flat), I also found that – like much of the decluttering discourse – it failed to address what to do with my stuff once I made the move to declutter.
The thought that our stuff will simply get thrown into a landfill, I soon learned, is one of the biggest roadblocks for many of us when it comes to letting go. “Ninety per cent of people care about where their stuff goes,” says Linda Chu, a spokesperson for Professional Organizers in Canada.
Stephen Ilott of decluttering.ca, a professional organizer based in Oakville, ON, concurs. People who have invested a lifetime in taking care of memories and memorabilia want to ensure that their things go to a good home – if not to family members, then to those who would benefit most at a women’s shelter, an at-risk youth centre or an innovative charity.
Sound familiar? Our guide will help you find the best new home for your old stuff.