Take a good look around your home. Chances are, you’ll find things you’re not using that are just taking up space. We all accumulate extra stuff over the years that we don’t need. And often these very items could be put to good use by someone who does need them.
Now is a great time to reduce clutter in your home, simplify your life, save money and give back to those in need.
Start small, beginning with one area or room at a time. It can be as simple as your junk drawer or your guest bathroom vanity.
We suggest for each room or area you plan to declutter, you begin with five boxes (or bags). Label them as follows: Keep, Donate, Trash, Recycle, Re-locate.
An important part of your decluttering process will be collecting and relocating items you are keeping so they are kept together and in a logical place, i.e. setting up a central location for all batteries or lightbulbs. This is where your life will be simplified, and time and money will be saved. Knowing what you have on hand — and where to find it! — will eliminate unnecessary purchases in the future.
Is this a duplicate item? If the answer is yes, then ask if you really need duplicates of it or if you can make do with one (or two)
Is this something I use on a frequent basis? If yes, consider whether its current storage location is convenient when you need it
Is this something I’ve never used or worn? If yes, you probably won’t miss it so this would be a good candidate to donate
Have I worn this in the last year? If no, let it go!
Do I like this item or am I keeping it for sentimental reasons? If you are holding onto old wedding gifts you will never use because you feel bad letting them go, remember the person who gave them to you will never know you re-homed them
Decluttering provides many benefits, among them giving you more time in your day because when you’ve effectively decluttered your home, finding the items you are looking for becomes easier. Also, who wants to take the time to clean around knickknacks and other dust collectors? Knowing what you have on hand makes you less inclined to buy more of what you already own, helping you save money. You may also consider selling your more valuable items such as artwork or furniture pieces through a second hand site.
There are many non-profit organizations accepting donations for those in need. Some are even doing pickups from donors’ homes. A simple Google search should help you locate non-profits in your area.
Another option is to post them online on sites like Freecycle, Craigslist, OfferUp, Nextdoor and Facebook Marketplace. This can be a good idea for furniture and larger items that non-profit groups may not be able to easily transport. If you have valuable furnishings or antiques, you may consider bringing them to a local consignment store to be sold.
There are so many benefits to decluttering your home, and it feels wonderful to know that your discards are going to someone who will value them.
Tidying expert Marie Kondo said it best, “ The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t.”