Decluttering your life is a relatively simple act that comes with making it a great option for those looking to make positive changes in their life who are unable to take drastic measures.
The great thing about decluttering is that you can commit to it as much, or as little, as you’d like. Perhaps you're just looking to thin out your closet a little bit, or maybe you want to do an entire overhaul of your belongings. Either way, these tips and tricks are sure to help you out.
Step One: Sorting
First thing’s first, to declutter you need to decide what stays and what goes. This is arguably the hardest part since it requires the most decision-making. Even when you’re dedicated to your task of decluttering and organizing your life, it can still be difficult to choose to throw away items that you’ve had for a long time.
If you find this step is truly holding you back, it may be worthwhile to bring in some help. This professional organizing service based out of the Hamilton, Halton, and Niagara region is dedicated to helping seniors and the overwhelmed sort through their belongings and organize their lives. Whether you’re downsizing, getting a new housemate, or simply looking to stay organized, professional organizers like Clutter Relief Services are a valuable resource that you have at your disposal.
Step Two: Selling
Once you’ve decided what stays and what goes, it’s time to offload the “go” pile. If you’re seeking a quick and simple process, the easiest way to get rid of belongings is to simply donate them, either to charity or your family and friends. But if you’re willing to spend a little more time and effort, you can likely sell many of your belongings for profit.
Used clothing can be taken to consignment shops or sold online on websites like Poshmark, or Facebook Marketplace. Any intact appliances, furniture, or equipment in good condition can likely be sold online as well, via platforms like Craigslist or Kijiji. Once you’ve exhausted your options, anything remaining that you feel has value can be sold in a yard sale. Think about gathering your neighbours or some friends to do a combined yard sale and increase your chances of selling!
Step Three: Donating
If you’re in a rush to declutter your life, or simply looking to invest minimal effort, you can skip step two altogether and jump right to donation. The great thing about donating old belongings is that donation centers tend not to be picky – they're often your one-stop-shop for donation, meaning you can simply drop off everything you’re looking to get rid of, and it’s out of your hands.
Something to be aware of is the sort of charities you choose to work with. If you’re just interested in offloading old things, this isn’t of much concern to you. However, if you’re invested in the philanthropic aspect to donations, it’s worth thinking about which charities you choose to support. You can reach out to shelters, children’s hospitals, daycares, and schools. Habitat for Humanity is a great option for donating larger furniture and appliances. Companies like Value Village are useful for when you’re looking to remove belongings in a pinch but be aware that they are a for-profit organization; if you’re hoping to help out the needy while you declutter, it’s worth briefly researching the organizations you choose to work with.
Step Four: Celebrate!
Decluttering can feel like a huge weight has been lifted, and it certainly calls for a pat on the back! Take a moment to congratulate yourself on getting this task out of the way, and you can begin to enjoy your newfound space and organized lifestyle.
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