It’s not been too many weeks back when everyone was complaining about the cold weather and the snow that just wouldn’t go away. Now it’s the middle of a hot summer and people are already talking about the heat. Since many people are looking for things to do inside where it is air-conditioned, why not take the time to clean out some of the clutter that is accumulating in your garage and under the kid’s beds? Here are 7 ways to get rid of clutter and simplify your life.
7 Ways to Get Rid of Clutter
Have a yard Sale
If you want to take the traditional approach to clearing out clutter, then pile up all that stuff in the front yard, attach price tags and advertise a yard sale. You can probably turn much of your clutter into some money. This is a great option if you have a free day and the patience to put all the price tags on the items. Here are 7 Tips for Yard Sale Success.
Donate to a Thrift Store
If you prefer to just give it to a thrift store, load it into the back of your vehicle and drive it over to the closest thrift store. You can request a donation receipt and use it as charitable contribution next year when you do your taxes. Just make sure it’s not trash. If the items are beyond use because of stains, tears or the appliances don’t work, then find another option.
Give to a friend
If you have something that is in great shape, offer it to a friend. You may have a friend who was planning to buy that item. Give it to them so they save money and you get one step closer to a clutter free house. If you don’t have someone particular who wants the item, then set a time limit. If no one claims it within one week, you may need to donate the item instead.
Sell on Ebay
Some things sell really well on Ebay. Take good pictures and list your item on the world’s largest auction site. Just remember to figure in shipping and fees when you set your price. You may be able to turn some of your clutter into a pretty little penny.
Check Facebook yard sale groups
There are several very active Facebook yard sale groups in the area. Just do a quick search for the name of your county plus yard sale or for sale in Facebook and you will probably find several groups that are close to you. You can list your items, add pictures and a description and often make a successful deal with someone who lives near you. Just remember to use common sense when doing transactions with people you don’t know. Meet in a public place and take along a friend for support.
Toss the trash
Go through the kid’s rooms looking for toys that are broken or missing valuable pieces. Look through the medicine cabinet or spice rack and toss expired medicines or condiments. Look at your laundry basket. Do you have 15 socks that don’t have matches? Be brutal with your search and don’t be afraid to toss the trash. It’s one thing to keep things because they’re special, but another whole story when we end up keeping things that belong in the trash.
Recycle what you can
One thing that often clutters up many people’s garages is the recycle bin. It’s a great thing to recycle, but if you never empty the bin, it just becomes another source of clutter and junk. If you have recycling at your curb, then use it regularly. If not, load up your vehicle once a week and go dump the plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and plastic grocery bags.
How do you get rid of junk and clutter in your homes? I’d love to hear!
This article first appeared in the print edition of the Danville Advocate Messenger – 6/29/14