Recently, I have come to know the importance of living in a less cluttered home. When I thought about it, there were so many things in my house I was not using or had not used in years. These are items someone else could be putting to use and would in most cases be glad to pay me money for them. If you have not used an item in a year, there is a very good chance you will never use it again. It is time to let it go. Here are four ways I was able to rid myself of excess stuff.
Sell it: This is my favorite of all three. I use three methods to do this; Craigslist for big items (furniture, appliances, bicycles, etc.), Ebay for smaller items (jewelry, unique items), and Amazon for books and other media for the most part. You will have to do a market analysis by searching for your item, or items like it, on these three websites to determine if it is worth the hassle for you to try to sell something and ship it. It is surprising what you can sell and the price it will bring when you can reach the right person through these three websites. If you would like for me to expand on this process email me and let me know.
Repurpose it: This is when you have an item in your house you have not been using but after some thought you can find another use for it by relocating it or maybe you did not even know you had it. Bethany and I recently did this with a slate table I owned. We put this table on our front porch in between our rocking chairs. It is a little high, but it works. A lot better than buying one.
Give it away: If you decide selling something is not the way to go then you can choose to donate it. You can donate it to a local thrift store, or a Goodwill facility in your area. They will not take stuff if it is broken, missing parts or damaged. Remember, they need to be able to sell it for you. Sometimes you can put an ad on craigslist under the free stuff section. I did this recently for a broken printer I had. I had ten people wanting to take it off my hands after four hours of it being on Craigslist. There are people out there who know what to do with a broken item and are willing to put in the time to fix it. Not me in most cases.
Throw it away: This has always been a tough one for me. When you think about it, it is the easiest one to do. All you have to do is throw it in the trash and you are done. So, how do you know if you should throw something away or not? To make it simple, if I cannot sell it, give it away, repurpose it or I have not used it for one year then I am usually able to come to terms with throwing something away. This will be different for every person and sometimes you will have to let it go. Trust me, you will be happy you did, and it will feel like a weight has lifted off of your shoulders.
There you have it, the four ways I have been able to declutter my house. Realize this takes time and will not happen overnight. You did not accumulate a lot of stuff overnight so it will take some time to get rid of all the excess possessions you have built up over the years. By being intentional and starting with one room at a time or even one corner at a time and being persistent, you will get through your whole house sooner than you think. Every time I would make progress with this it felt like a weight has lifted off my shoulders. I want you to experience the joy of living with less.
Hope this post will help you on your journey to declutter your house as it has mine. I would love to hear any comments or suggestions you have or what has worked in your life for decluttering your house.