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While the one in-one out rule can help keep things under control, it's far too easy to end up on the wrong side of the line when we get busy. Couple that with styles and preferences that make it hard to get rid of things, and, before we know it, we're in Too Much Stuff-ville.
Have no fear. A few strategies can help stem the tide.
- Things that are torn or broken, or missing pieces
- Half a pair of anything
- Things that are outdated (e.g back issues of magazines)
- Things you no longer use
Send it to a better place. Many people who struggle with throwing things away are happy to donate them, whether to an organization or someone they know who will love the item as much as they did. Find the inventory reduction method that works for you and put it to work.
One of the best ways to stay organized is to always have more storage space than stuff to fill it. How can you make this happen at your house?