Stuff. We all have it and most of us have way too much of it. Having items that bring us joy is one thing but when belongings start to accumulate, they can weigh us down. As I’ve talked about over the last couple of months, we’ve been taking on a steady diet of streamlining. Now again, since we are moving from a sizable home to a much smaller one, we are purging big time, so I thought I’d share a few tips about decluttering your own home.
Creating pleasing spaces can be hard to do when you’re looking at your current piles of stuff. To beautify room by room, such as we did in Rebecca’s office above, start with a room design, including storage spaces and get everything else out of there. That way you can look at it as a blank canvas. Then it will be much easier to sift through your things and choose what would contribute to the space, in look, feel and usefulness. Once you’ve selected your ‘keeps’ separate what’s left into three categories: sell, giveaway or trash.
Sometimes we buy items because we really think we will use them but it turns out we don’t. It’s easy to let these items, especially clothes or in my case, P90X gear, slip into the ‘keep’ pile, but be ruthless. If you haven’t used it in a year, you probably never will.
- Use sites like Craigslist, Kijiji or Varage Sale. Think about the information you would want to know when searching for similar items and include as much detail as you can such as size, condition, and materials. Don’t post without photos, that’s just a waste of time.
- Consignment. I currently have an account at a local consignment shop, Turnabout. Even though they take a percentage of the sale price, you will still make a decent amount of money on quality items.
- Facebook. Especially if you have a lot of kids stuff, there is usually a local parent swap and sell on Facebook where you can list your items. Get in touch with the administrator first to ask them about their rules for posting such as location boundaries, posting in comments and photos.
- Garage Sale. Post your garage sale listing to the local newspaper online as well as on Craigslist or Kijiji and highlight big ticket items which will draw people in.
Having a garage sale is a great way to sell lots of your things. It gets the whole family involved and excited about purging. Plus, you’ll meet all kinds of interesting people.
- Clothing Swap – Rebecca has attended a number of these events hosted by friends where everyone brings their quality cast-off clothing items to give away. Just be diligent about not collecting anything new that you don’t need.
- Charity drop boxes – look for large donation bins for clothing and books on street corners in major cities
- Call for pick-up- some charitable organizations will arrange pick up from your own home
Get rid of it
Everything left over at this point is going into the recycling bin or the trash. If you’re like us, making this pile is easier than getting it out of the house. We had a great experience with 1800GotJunk? As their ads say, you point and they get rid of it. They literally do all the work so when you are exhausted from all the purging, these guys take a load off, literally.
Thanks to 1800GotJunk? for clearing debris from our renovation site. They even raked the grass! These guys are awesome.
Good luck with your own decluttering projects. It’s tough work, but you will feel so much freedom once you are rid of all the used items weighing down your life and taking up space.