We all collect things in a manner of speaking, intentionally or not! However, there comes a time when sorting the clutter requires a little strategic planning if it's to be successful.
1# Go Bite-Sized.
If you have a lot of de-cluttering to do break the task into bite-sized, achievable pieces. Work your way methodically through each room, wardrobe, chest of drawers etc. so that you don't get completely overwhelmed and end up with an enormous pile of things on the floor.
2# Monetary Considerations.
If you need to make some money consider the resale value, however, don't kid yourself into thinking all of your possessions are priceless pieces that will make you rich. The chances are they won't, but an accumulation of value pieces may make you some money. If you're unsure of their monetary value get quotes from a jeweler or collector. Bear in mind if they want to purchase them they may provide you with a low estimate, so shop around to get the best offer.
3# Be Ruthless and Truthful About Decluttering.
If an item has sentimental value ask yourself if you can live without out it completely before placing it on the appropriate pile. Take a photo of it as a keepsake if you're reluctant to get rid of it. If you don't like an item be truthful, you don't want it so get rid of it!
4# Ditch the Guilt.
It's your home so you shouldn't feel obliged to keep things just because they were a present from your best friend or grandma! Treat each item with the same principles and don't feel guilty if you decide to donate or throw something away.
5# Be Charitable.
When considering items for the charity pile don't be tempted to add what amounts to rubbish. If the item is broken or has holes, stains or irreparable damage throw it away. Charities need items they can resell easily not a load of old tat. This is also a great way to introduce your children to charity and helping others. Teach them to do it the right way!
What's your best decluttering tip?