Getting Rid Of Clutter

Instructions on getting rid of clutter. How to decide what stays and what goes. Where to send it once it goes.

Have you recently opened a closet and been unable to hang another garment in it? Is the space under your bed crammed with storage containers? Do you rent a storage space because you ran out of room to store things in?

Then it's time to get rid of the clutter

The problem with actually getting started on clearing things out for most people is the feeling of doing so being an insurmountable task. So, let's break down the steps of simplifying your life with a matching list of simple instructions.


Organization begins with being organized. Develop a plan of attack. Don't look at all you need to go through, but start with one space: A room or only a closet. Bring three boxes to the area to be cleaned and clearly mark them in black magic marker with the words, trash, give away, and keep.

Say you have a closet to go through packed with articles of clothing you've kept for ten years in the hope of getting back into them one day. Ask yourself a question. Am I using them now? If the answer is no, ditch them. Put them in the give away box. The same goes for any shoes you've held onto that you haven't worn but once in the past year. If any item in question isn't serving you with a purpose, but could serve someone else, it's a give away. If it's outlived its purpose, it's trash.

These simple rules apply to every room in your house. Sift through your dishes, Christmas ornaments, magazines, junk drawer, and desk. If the item belonged to Grandma and is considered a family heirloom, then by all means, keep it. But consider a way it might be useful to you. Using it in a shadow box with other memorabilia of hers is a great way to decorate, remember her, and for it to serve a purpose.

Where to send the clutter?

The clutter is now out of your closet but is sitting in a box in your livingroom. What do you do with it now?

One option would be to hold a garage sale. Advertising in the local newspaper is a miniscule expense. Put up posters around the neighborhood as additional advertisements. Make sure you have money in varying coins and bills to make exchanges and price your items individually. If pricing them seems too daunting, create a poster with the prices listed such as clothing equalling a dollar, CDs being two dollars, and so on. At the end of the day, you'll have made a profit on your discarded items.

There are things left after the sale?

Wait! Before you think about taking them back inside, call an organization who could use them. Several organizations have free pick up services and will come take away your leftovers at no charge. A few organizations to call are Salvation Army, Goodwill, and the local chapter of the blind.

If a secondhand store is in your area, you may be able to make an additional profit by selling your clutter to it. Just call up the manager and find out who does the buying and how soon you could come in. If there's a waiting list, don't wait. Allowing the clutter to remain would defeat the purpose and other people who are less fortunate may need them more. There is a bonus to not waiting. Delivering things to places such as Goodwill grants you a tax break. Be sure you get their statement to the effect and keep the receipt.

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