We all have some degree of clutter in our homes. Whether it’s a cluttered desk, or piles of junk in the basement or closets. I’m going to give you some helpful tips on decluttering your home.
You want to start by figuring out what is junk, and can be thrown out, and what can be donated, or even what can be sold to make a few bucks. It’d be nice to turn that clutter into cash, right?
You want to start small, pick a corner of the basement, or a particular box. If you know you’re going to feel overwhelmed, then asked someone to help. Perhaps your spouse, parent, friend, neighbor. Anyone you know. Whether they are going to help you pick through the clutter, or just be there when you are going through it, it’s just nice to have someone there.
The decluttering process can get emotional. If you’ve lost a family member or loved one, you may come across some of their belongings or something that reminds you of them. Of course this is going to be hard, and that’s where having that other person comes in handy.
When you come across stuff that belonged to a deceased loved one, just put that aside and you can make a decision on it later.
So start by organizing your clutter into 4 piles. Trash, donate, sell, and keep. Obviously you are going to want to throw away anything that’s broken or damaged. When decluttering a basement, you may run across a lot of stuff that may have had water damage. This is definitely something you want to get rid of. You don’t need a bunch of watery, moldy junk laying around in your house, right?
Other things that can be thrown away are old papers. Maybe you have stacks of newspapers for no reason, or just old bills stacked up that need to be discarded. You can pick up a cheap paper shredder for around $20, and shred those bad boys to pieces.
For the donate bin, when decluttering your home, you may want to donate all your unwanted, or unused clothing. Yeah, you might be able to sell a shirt or pair of pants here and there, but I’m sure you’d feel a lot better by donating them to the needy. Just take them down to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or whatever thrift store you have in your town.
Other things to go into the donate pile when decluttering your home are shoes, old toys, etc. Anything that you think someone less fortunate than you could benefit from. Not only will you get some of your decluttering done, but you will also feel good about yourself for donating those items to less fortunate families.
The third pile should be the sell pile. Any antiques that you find that you think may be worth money, or you don’t know, look them up on eBay. If you go to eBay and click “advanced search” and check the “completed listings” box, you can see what other items like yours have sold for, or if they haven’t sold.
Other items to consider selling when decluttering your home are working electronics that you don’t use, CDs, DVDs, books, video games, etc. These are all great things that sell very well on eBay. If you can declutter your house, and make a few bucks doing it, then you’ll feel better about the time you’ve spent doing the actual decluttering.
Other than eBay, perhaps you can arrange to have a yard sale. If you live in warmer climates, you can have a yard sale year round, but living in the colder climates that’s not possible, obviously, so if you’re going to do this then you may want to start your decluttering in the spring.
By now, you’ve pretty much decluttered the area you designated, or perhaps you’ve followed all the steps for the whole house. Now all you should have left if the things you want to keep. While going trough the house, you probably came across things you want to keep that were in boxes, and put them in the keep pile. Maybe you found a beautiful painting to hang on the living room wall. Or those candle holders you packed away all those years ago.
If you follow these steps, you will soon be on your way to a decluttered house. I hope you found this article useful. Thanks for reading.