At home life really has me looking around and realizing a) just how much stuff I have, and b) how 30% of it are things I don’t really need!
From old school art projects and notes to books I haven’t touched since my middle school days, having stuff that you no longer need or use is bizarrely stressful.
Inspired by my Decor on a Budget and Spring-ifying Your Space post, I’m at it again but this time, we’re doing a Summer Refresh and clearing out the clutter in our lives!
Here are a few simple ways to make more room for living:
One of my favorite things to do when clearing out the clutter is to make 3 piles: donate, keep, and sell. Most of the time I end up donating my items rather than selling them which is still a win for me because the thought of other people possibly experiencing the same happiness I felt while using an item is so worth it.
Charities, donation boxes, churches, shelters, and the like are perfect places to start as they usually accept donations with little to no limitations. Anything that’s still in good condition or gently used like clothing (of course) shoes, games, electronics, books, furniture, nick-nacks, appliances, kitchen items, etc. are fair game and can really help those in need.
Have a couple of left over items or in the mood to make some extra moolah? Selling older items is a great way to do so.
You can totally go the old fashioned and host your own garage sale. Don’t have a garage or want other options, how about setting up a table at a local church or flea market, or selling to local consignment or thrift shops. Depending on the items, an antique dealer or even pawn shop (do your homework), are all great possibilities to explore.
Not a fan of in-person selling? Take it digital and sell online. From advertising on social media to using designated apps, the possibilities are endless! To try to make your items look as appealing as possible for its photoshoot, use good lighting, make sure the items are neat and clean, clear the area around the objects, and even consider putting together a simple backdrop that makes whatever your photographing stand out.
Tip: Be sure to watch out for scammers (read reviews, check the Better Business Bureau as well as the Department of Consumer Affairs for any complaints. And by all means, if you choose any in-person sales never do any transactions alone!
For the DIY-minded individuals out there, you may be able to repurpose some of the items thanks to a ton of DIY projects you can find online (hello Pinterest). So, take a stroll through the aisles of Home Depot, Michael’s, Joann’s or the Dollar store and let your creativity run wild!
Love to keep paper documents or stacks of photos? Drag yourself into the digital age and save some space. Scan and save important items to your hard drive (back it up), the cloud, a disc or flash drive.
SWAP IT OUT
Skip the usual sale and just swap or “gift” items to friends and family. Host a digital swap party and tell everyone to show whatever items they don’t need or use anymore. From there, pick and choose what caught your eye and get to swapping.
You could set up a few rules like highlighting the number of items you’d like folks to bring/showcase and that you can only take or pick as many items as you “bring” to the swap. That way, no one goes home empty-handed.
All in all, things are pretty relative. To you, it may have run its course, no longer holding the excitement or usefulness it once did. And yet, it’s still taking up floor space, even worse yet, mental space. That space is literally a placeholder that can be used for either another item that revitalizes/fulfills a new need or it is the perfect space for nothing. So, get ready to take stock, do a little I SPY with your Decluttering Eye around your house, and see how you can make more room for what your living truly needs.