This month JAM Organizing presents another informative article from a guest blogger. Enjoy!
A tremendous amount of research has been done on the benefits of decluttering. Without a doubt, this cleansing process can improve the quality of your life. But after a successful decluttering-type cleanse, you might wonder what exactly to do with your decluttered items. Here are seven options.
1. Donate Decluttered Items (Our Favorite!)
The decluttering process may uncover several things you no longer need but are in great condition. For example, you may use one or two spatulas in your kitchen. If you own seven, it is doubtful you need the other five. But someone out there might! Items that are functional and in good condition but are no longer needed can easily be donated to a local charity shop, a school, or a hospital.
2. Give Decluttered Items to Friends & Family
Donating is a beautiful form of giving. But there may be some specific items you'd prefer to give to your friends and family. This is also a good option for those struggling with decluttering. By giving your precious possessions to the people you know and love, you can make sure it's in good hands. Something to note: make sure you're not just contributing to their clutter. Give them permission to pass on the item if they don't want or need it, and to play it safe, ask them if they want it before you bring it over.
3. Sell Decluttered Items
If you could use some extra cash and have the time, you can sell what you no longer need. That way, you're decluttering and making money. Try Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Facebook Groups, and local groups.
In addition to making some extra cash, decluttering before relocation can save you a substantial amount on moving costs. If you get rid of some items, the amount of stuff you are relocating will be less, and the transport company will charge you less.
4. Store Decluttered Items You Can't Part With
If you have items you love, aren't ready to part with, and don't have space in your home for, consider renting a self-storage unit. The professionals from Helix Transfer & Storage say their customers love being able to clear up their homes and still keep the things they love.
5. Trash or Recycle Damaged Decluttered Items
When something is broken, stained, or damaged, it's time to let it go. Sometimes, it's just trash. Don’t forget about recycling! Save your items from going to the landfill and let them be converted into the building blocks of new goods.
6. Make Art or Decor with Decluttered Items
Speaking of building blocks: here’s a somewhat different idea. If you're artistic, consider using your old items to make art. Look online for ideas, and try it as a family activity.
7. Repurpose Decluttered Items
With a little imagination and ingenuity, objects can serve more than one purpose. For example, old shoes can be pretty creative plant pots. You can use the ends of old candles, dryer lint, and egg cartons to make firestarters. If an item can serve some other purpose now that it is no longer suitable for the primary one, why not?
As you can see, there are quite a few things you can do with your decluttered items. Pick whichever option or options work best for you, and start that journey toward a clutter-free home!
Emily Johnson is an experienced organizer and writer working as an organizing assistant for various companies that deal with these matters. Her articles on organizing and cleaning have helped many people find the solutions that are best for them.
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