Did you know that there could be hundreds of pounds just lying around your house, stacked in the attic, piled up in the cupboard or stuffed under the bed? Did you also know that each room in your house could be bigger, your household could be far more organised and you could have room for lovely new things? All of this is possible if you take a deep breath and get serious about getting rid of your clutter.
What can you get rid of?
The first step to de-cluttering is to identify what needs to go. Go around your home a room at a time and drag out:
• Unworn clothes that still have the tags on
• Clothes, shoes and accessories that you haven’t worn in 18 months
• Broken items that you will never get around to repairing
• Duplicate items or inferior versions of new items you also own
• Things you don’t like, don’t want or don’t use
The golden rule is that if you don’t use it and haven’t even thought about it for months if not years, then you’re not likely to use it in the future – so it needs to go! You need to be brutal and very honest with yourself, and learn how to let go for the sake of freeing up space in your home.
Pile everything up in a spare room and sort through it all. There may be some things you decide to keep. After all, you shouldn’t throw away things that actually might be useful just for the sake of de-cluttering.
Find new homes for everything
When you’re sorting through your clutter, put it into piles based on what you will actually do with it. Some items simply need to be binned, while others can be recycled. You can sell items with some value on sites such as eBay or Preloved, donate others to charity shops or give them away on sites like Freecycle or Freegle. Perhaps you have friends or family members who may be able to make use of your unwanted items – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure after all!
How to sell your clutter
Sites such as eBay are the easiest to use to sell clutter, because listing items is very simple and the site has an absolutely massive audience. All you need are the item details, a picture and a price, as well as a cost for postage. Be aware though that eBay does charge fees to sellers, from listing the item to a percentage of the sale price. Find out about fees before listing, so there are no nasty shocks.
You can also sell items fee-free on sites like Preloved, but these don’t have such a large audience as eBay. Another alternative is to hold a garden or garage sale, or take a stall at your local car boot sale – these are good options for those with a lot of stuff to get rid of.
Now doesn’t that feel better?
Once all that clutter is gone, your home will feel bigger, cleaner, more streamlined and more organised. There will be space for new purchases, but be careful not to fall back into your hoarding ways!