Getting rid of clutter is good for your mental and physical health. Not only does clutter cause anxiety, but it causes depression as well.
As if that’s not bad enough, clutter can also make allergies worse and there may even be a correlation between clutter and weight gain.
But it’s not always easy to determine where clutter should go once you’ve decided to remove it from the outside or inside of your home. Since this lack of knowledge can prompt people to give up and keep their clutter, we want to help prevent you from getting stuck with your clutter.
Keep reading to learn how to get rid of junk once and for all.
Get Rid of Junk By Selling It
One person’s trash is another’s treasure. While you may not have used those golf clubs for the past 10 years, someone else will appreciate them.
And they’ll even pay you for them. Here are some ways to sell your unwanted stuff:
- Host a yard or garage sale
- List it locally on Craiglist or Facebook
- Sell it on national sites like eBay
Just make sure to set your prices realistically. How much money you can make depends on the demand, not how much you paid for it.
Donate Your Junk
You should have a few places locally where you can donate gently used items. Do not donate items that are dirty, torn, contain holes or are generally falling apart.
Here’s where to find donation sites:
- Thrift stores
- List for free on Craigslist
Some charities pick up donations. However, before you donate anything, make sure the place you’re donating it to actually accepts those items.
Let the Professionals Figure It Out
There are junk removal companies who are happy and willing to come and pick up your junk. They’ll then decide how to dispose of those items properly as well including recycling and donating items for you.
Some companies will even dispose of your items in an environmentally-friendly way. Just make sure they accept all the items you need them to take away.
This is a perfect solution to those short on time.
Some items have great bones but need a little TLC. For other items, it might be time to be used for another purpose.
Here are some ways to repurpose old items:
- Repaint or stain old furniture
- Fill old vases with flowers and give them as gifts
- Make your own artwork
Even single socks missing its partner can be used as dust rags.
Hire an Organizer
Sometimes it’s hard for someone to determine what’s junk and what isn’t in their own home. People grow emotionally attached to items and it can feel hard to part with items.
If you’re feeling confused or overwhelmed about the process of decluttering, you need additional support. Hiring an organizer means they can help you identify how you clutter, what organizing system(s) works best for you, and what you need to keep or toss.
Get Your Information Online
Magazines and newspapers can quickly become part of the reason you need to get rid of junk. One way to prevent an excessive amount of paper in your home is to get your information online.
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