Items that once used to only clutter garages and basements are now making their way out of apartments and homes to storage units across the land. Rows and rows of units are packed full with items that haven’t seen the light of day in years. Don’t let your things overtake you! Follow these tips to keep your clutter at bay.
Decide which items to keep
At first glance, keeping an item may appear to be the easiest route to take. But before you continue down that road, keep in mind that you are trying to eliminate clutter not reassign it to another location. Look at your things as if you didn’t own them. If you were helping a friend get rid of clutter and get organized what would you suggest that they do with the item?
This may seem obvious but if you seldom or rarely use an item, think twice before holding onto it any longer. If it can easily be purchased again and you are not currently using it, sell or donate it. If an item is likely to appreciate, hold on to it or sell it now for quick cash. Family heirlooms, hand-made gifts, childhood memorabilia, etc. may possess little monetary value but are indeed priceless. Keep them well-maintained and packed away in a safe place or on display for your guests to see.
Give each item a home
Once you decide what you are going to keep, figure out where it belongs. As you go through the rooms in your house or apartment, ask yourself, “What works well here and what doesn’t?” This will help you keep clutter at bay.
Sell unwanted items
List your belongings online or hold a yard/garage sale. If it is cost effective, put an advertisement in the local paper. Pay the extra fees so that the ad can be viewed online. Don’t forget about word of mouth advertising. Tell your family and friends that you have items for sale. They can help get the word out and may even become your best customers.
Give to charity
If an item hasn’t sold after a predetermined amount of time consider donating it to a charitable organization. Research several national organizations or choose a local cause that’s dear to your heart.
If the item is no longer needed and is in good condition, look into recycling. Gather bins to separate paper, plastic, etc. Identify an area where the items will be accepted and processed.
Toss items in disrepair
Avoid selling or donating items that have missing or broken pieces. If an item is in serious disrepair, tossing it is probably the best thing to do.