Figuring out where to go with the things you don’t love, use or need is often the downfall to getting rid of clutter. A common technique is to stick it all in the garage and figure it out later which explains why people can’t park their car in the garage.
Since your goal is to get rid of clutter, one of the first things you need to do before you start sorting is decide where your cast-offs will go. Here are some ideas:
- Offer it to family. Surely someone has a young person setting up a first apartment.
- Load up your car and take to a thrift shop or charity.
- Have a ton of stuff or big stuff? Find a charity in your area with a pick-up service.
- Use EBay, Craigslist or an app that allows you to resell things you own.
- If it is historical, donate it to a museum.
- If it is useful to someone, think who might use it. Donate craft and art supplies to a school or books to the library.
- Recycle it. Glass, plastic, cardboard and paper is pretty easy to recycle. If you’ve a lot of metal, find a scrap metal place.
- Home repair/improvement items are welcomed at Habitat for Humanity Restores. That means the two sheets of plywood, three pieces of drywall, a box of nails and even the kitchen sink can find a home.
- Tons of paper to shred. Don’t try to do a mountain of papers one at a time. Your day is more valuable than that. Take the papers to a shredding company.
As you are sorting out clutter, use sticky notes to label items so you will remember who you planned to give them to.
Until next time …