Reduce and Re-use: 4 Ideas for Clearing Up the Clutter
By Kara Masterson
Just about everyone goes through a point in the life (often more than one) where they find themselves absolutely flummoxed by how much they’ve accumulated and how much of it they no longer have any use for. Decluttering is a very important process, but it can sometimes be difficult to decide what to do with all your excess goods. Here are four ideas for clearing up the clutter in your house.
Have a garage sale
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” While you shouldn’t try to sell anything that would only be worthy of your local dump, you should look into hosting a garage or yard sale for people in your neighborhood. Go through your closet and bookshelves for any items that could potentially find a buyer. You’re not going to get what you initially paid for them, but you will stand to make a few extra bucks. Plus, you’ll enjoy the relief of having some extra space in your house.
You don’t have to just get rid of things to clear up clutter. Sometimes, you’ll find that looking at an object with a new set of eyes will open you up to possibilities you might’ve never before realized. Suppose you have an older, but still usable coffee table. There’s no reason to throw it out. If you have a younger child, you might consider using it for a playroom of theirs. Similarly, an older dining room table could be brought out on special occasions like Thanksgiving, when there’s a need for more seating.
Thrift stores like Goodwill and the Salvation Army are the perfect place to decrease your clutter and feel good in the process. If you’re having trouble deciding whether or not you could possibly let go of something, just think of all the people who might come across it at a bargain price and be incredibly grateful for it. When you declutter your junk, you can also use it as an opportunity to declutter your heart.
Just getting rid of it
Sometimes, our clutter has no purpose other than taking up space. While hopefully most of it is functional, some of it is beyond repair. When this happens, the smart thing to do is just throw it in the trash (or, if possible, recycling). It’s not the grandest of send-offs, but it might be the most appropriate. You can rent a dumpster from a service like Tri-State Disposal or a similar company to use to get rid of everything you no longer need in one fell swoop.
When you declutter your home, you’re bound to feel a great sense of relief and accomplishment. In a way, it’s like getting a fresh start. Instead of complicating your life with items you no longer want or need, you can now focus on the essentials. That is, at least, until your next decluttering.