We live in an age where we have tremendous amounts of "stuff."

If you have ever watched one of those shows with the people that hoard belongings, you know that attachment to material objects can quickly and dangerously turn into an obsession.

Chances are, if you are reading this, that you are not a cat lady nor are you at risk to become an obsessive hoarder that keeps stacks of newspapers in a dank basement. But, we think it's better to steer way clear of such a path.

Decluttering is more than just giving junk away, it should be an act. You should take stock of whatever belongings you have and really ask yourself, "What do I need to keep?"

When done properly, decluttering can have a remarkable, positive and immediate effect on the psyche. It can clear your mind, make you happier and help you to move on from past events.

That's why our challenge this week is to donate 10 items to a local shelter or charitable donation center

Clothing is a great example and an easy place to start. Take a look at your closet and see what you have and have not worn at ANY point during the past year. If you haven't worn it and it's in good condition, donate it. If you have worn it, keep it. Simple as that.

Sentimental attachments to clothes are one thing, keeping that grease-stained t-shirt from high school that is way too small is another. Throw that thing out.

But don't stop there, look around for things you do not use and that someone could. There are plenty of resources for donating gently used items, but a reliable one is Goodwill

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