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apartment therapist - Letting Go
To much stuff is a common problem, especially when your home is on the smaller side.  Maxwell Ryan shares his secret for clearing out.  

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"My method for easing the anxiety of letting something go is to use what I call an Outbox, Maxwell Says.  Here is how it works:

Set Up: Find a space for your Outbox.  It doesn't need to be a physical box, just an out-of-the-way place such as a closet or guest room.  For smaller homes, it can be the corner of a room or the space behind a door.  The outbox is not a "toss-it" pile, but rather a holding spot for items we're unsure about.

Consider: Choose a space that needs decluttering.  It can be a small bookcase or an entire room.  Examine every item in that space and ask yourself: 
Do I love it?
Do I use it?
Does my home need it?
If you answer "no" to any question, place the item in the Outbox.

Decide: Anything can go in the Outbox, but it must stay there for at least a week.  After a week you can choose to keep it, get rid of it, or -- if you're still unsure -- wait one more week.  You'll find that once the separation anxiety has passed, it's easy to clean out and clear out a space.