Some ways to de-clutter your home

We are into the end of 2017 and one month to go. Over the course of one year, we must have accumulated many things from things bought and items received through the mail. It is time to clear and discard some things that take up space and gathering dust at home.

I draw on some tips by Marie Kondo, author of “The life-changing magic of tidying up”.

I used to keep packaging boxes of electronic and home appliances in my storeroom and cupboards. I thought that one day I may use them to transport such things as printer, oven, computer, etc (when I move house). That day of moving residence did not happen. For that matter, I could use packaging material provided by the professional mover for that purpose. Therefore I decided to recycle these empty boxes and packing material and clear them out of my storeroom.

Next items to go were warranty cards and instruction manuals for electronic gadgets and home appliances. I had never looked at these items. Furthermore, some electronic items and home appliances were no longer in use or had been replaced. The warranty had already expired and if I need to refer to some manuals, I could get them on-line. There are archives in cyberspace if we choose to search.

Each time when I buy a TV, DVD player, home theatre sound system and computer, I was given many cables to connect this to that. I had accumulated so many cables with different colour-coded wires over the years. I took a look and gave them all up. I did not want to trouble myself to see whether I may use them one day. If I did not know that I had them then it is of no use to me. So off they went to re-cycling bins.

I kept old modems over the years. Each time when I upgrade to a better modem, I kept these old modems. These are useless for current purpose. They would not be called into service ever and therefore I cleared them out recently.

Letters and statements will be my next target for clearing them out. I do this every year-end to start the New Year. I decide on what I need to keep and what information I wanted to record (in electronic files) for history. This is an exercise that I do to end each year.

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