When you have finally decided to tackle that big decluttering project in your house, the last thing you want is for something to cause you to slam on the brakes. Decluttering can take a lot of work. While many people find the process cathartic, beginning the process can be overwhelming for some people. So when you are ready to start, it’s essential to plan what you will do with everything you decide to get rid of.
Not planning for the inevitable pile of belongings decluttering creates is one of the biggest mistakes people can make when taking on such a big project. There are various ways to get rid of the items you no longer need or want, and there’s rarely a one-size-fits-all solution.
You can tackle the decluttering process alone, or you can always enlist help, such as home organizers and full-service downsizing companies. Whichever option you choose, know that there are different ways to deal with what you no longer want. Here are some of the best options and their benefits.
Sometimes people have strong emotions tied to the items they decide to get rid of. Whether they’ve decided to part with these items because they no longer have the space for them or they’ve decided it’s time to move on, it can still be an emotional experience. One of the best parts about donating old belongings is knowing they will be used by someone else who needs them.
Many charities, organizations and thrift stores accept most household items. Even for more specialized things that can’t be donated to just any charity, like medical equipment, there are organizations that do accept them. Researching local organizations and what items they accept is an excellent place to start. If you’re considering hiring a downsizing or home organizing company, this is one of the areas they can help with as they’ll often have connections with local organizations.
While donating can bring feelings of goodwill, selling is another option. This is often the choice when items are of significant value. After all, selling items can take time, between taking photos, posting them on an online marketplace, negotiating with potential buyers and arranging for pick up. Some people won’t find the prospect of making $10 worth all that.
However, selling can be worthwhile for items of greater value, like antiques, artwork, collections, collectibles and more. Do some research on your specific things to see what they are worth, or consider getting items professionally appraised.
In almost all circumstances, one of the above choices should be suitable for most items. If not, recycling is a great option.
For some of your old belongings, there’s probably an apparent reason why you don’t want them. Old electronics, broken things you swore you’d get repaired but never did, old newspapers, and more. Most can be recycled, but when objects contain harmful chemicals, like batteries and light bulbs, you should check with your local waste collection to ensure you dispose of them properly.
Now that you know your options for getting rid of the things you no longer want, need, or use, you can rest easy and embrace the extra space you have created by decluttering.