Great Ways to Declutter Your Home and Eliminate Unwanted Items

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Spring is the perfect time to declutter your home and simplify. Choose a day or a weekend to clean out your closets and eliminate the items you no longer need or want. Turn it into a family event to get everyone involved. Sort everything into piles: keep, eliminate, trash, and recycle.

Once you’ve decluttered, the next decision becomes what to do with the items you no longer want that are still in good condition. There are a variety of ways you can find new homes for your unwanted items.

Community garage sale

Garage sales are a great way to get rid of items you no longer want and make a little money in the process. Join together with your neighbors to create one large neighborhood garage sale to attract more buyers. Use the proceeds to fund a family vacation, purchase something your family has been wanting, or even donate to your favorite charity.

Online sales

Online auction sites like eBay or classifieds sites like Craigslist are another option for selling unwanted items. These sites are especially good for selling collectibles, one-of-a-kind items, and gently used clothing, electronics, and sporting goods. Because you need to take photos and write enticing descriptions for your postings and then package and ship items once sold, online sales sites may require more time and effort than some of the other options. But they can also generate higher sales amounts. These sites have tutorials to help you get started.

Clothing swap party

Turn eliminating unwanted clothing into a party! Gather your friends and have everyone bring their unwanted clothing, along with shopping bags and snacks. This is a great way to get rid of unwanted clothing and maybe pick up some new clothing, all without spending any money.

Donate

Consider donating your unwanted items to a worthy organization. It’s a win-win option. You’ll get rid of your unwanted items and help someone in need at the same time. Most organizations will accept everything from clothing and books to household items and furniture. Some will even pick your items up from your home. Most charitable donations are tax deductible. Keep an itemized list of what you donated and the donation valuation for your tax records.

Getting your home organized and decluttered will give you more space and make it easier to stay organized.

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