If one of your new year's resolutions is to cut down on clutter but you're finding yourself unmotivated, here's a good method: put a dollar figure on it. Lifehacker has a selection from a new book, Peter Walsh's new book Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less.
How to get started?
First, take stock. Look around you, figure out what's blocking you and try and determine if you're holding onto it for emotional reasons. Having an outsider's pair of eyes can really help you spot what's in the way.
Another step is to calculate the value of each square foot of your house (and if you work from home, you probably already know this from doing taxes). Then, see how much of that space can't be used because it's filled with junk.
Next, Walsh recommends calculating the value of the items in every room to determine what you're still paying off, via credit cards, because the worry and stress has a cost as well.
Click on through to grab a PDF of the whole chapter.
And speaking of trash - as a bonus, check out Lifehacker's tip for forcing a computer trash can empty when you get the "Trash Cannot Be Emptied" error message in Mac OS X or Windows.
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