Quick Tips For Eliminating Clutter
We have all had more month remaining at the end of the money! But have you ever had more clutter left at the end of your space?
We all know how it happens. New Christmas and birthday presents can crowd out the old items in our closets, décor, garage, and more, so we just keep stashing things away. There is just no telling how many storage boxes are sold in Walmart stores after the holidays! And if I do not want to use it, my kids or grandkids will certainly value this item that is outdated to me, right? So we just pack things away, with the thought that we just might use it again . . . someday!
And “someday” rarely comes.
When there seems to be no room for the clutter, it’s time to clean out! Spring cleaning is wonderful, but before you can get to the actual deep cleaning, dusting, etc., sometimes you need to do some major de-cluttering!
So, we are faced with “what to do” with these perfectly good items that have been replaced or displaced by the never-ending accumulation of stuff!
Here are my top options to declutter and eliminate items that are no longer of use to my family:
- Find a local charity or thrift store. Local charitable organizations are equipped to offer gently used items to people in need for free or at greatly reduced prices. Your surplus might be just what they need to furnish a new home or to clothe a growing family. And, your donation may be tax-deductible, so always keep records. It is a good practice to obtain receipts for any donations of $75 or more.
- Church or club rummage sales. Your local youth groups or ball clubs might have fundraisers from time to time. Your donations of household items or clothing can help them fund their local organizations or special projects for which they are raising money. Many young people have gone to summer camp thanks to your old clothing donations!
- Garage Sale! Those two words bring both excitement and dread at the same time! If you have never had your own garage sale, bless your heart. If you have had one or many garage sales in the past, bless your heart! They can be a lot of work, yet sometimes they generate some extra cash you can use for a family getaway, home projects, etc. Always check with authorities in your local area because some neighborhoods or municipalities have specific guidelines for garage/yard sales.
- Sell on social media sites. Want to earn a little extra cash without the hassle and work of a garage sale? Sell your items through social media sites like a “For Sale in ____”. Ebay or Craigslist are also popular sites to sell items where you can not only clean out, but make some money at that the same time! I just purchased a used computer monitor from Ebay for a great deal!
- Debris removal! Sometimes our clutter is long past its value and usefulness! When it has no more value to you or others, it is essentially no more than debris – also known as trash! In those cases, finding a way to remove it is your best option. Some communities might provide pick-up services for larger items, but they often have a waiting list. Did you know that if you are unable to haul large items like mattresses, hot tubs, old appliances, or even boxes of clothes to a local landfill or collection site, there are businesses like Junk Queen TX which can take care of you right away?! They will bring a dumpster right to your location and will pick it up when you get the job done, and that old clutter loaded up. How amazing is that?! In fact, you can take the do-it-yourself approach, or they will provide full-service removal for you. Where do I sign up?!
In addition to regular spring cleaning, getting busy with home renovation and construction projects will find yourself in need of a debris removal service, such as Seagoville TX Dumpster Rental, conveniently located in the greater Dallas, TX area near where our son has bought a home and is undertaking some big projects. But the key is that they come to you!
When we tried to tackle the huge project of remodeling our kitchen and dining room . . . well . . . can I just get you to imagine the amount of debris that piles up when you tear out four plaster and lathe walls? Just take a moment and imagine two giant roll-off commercial dumpsters seemingly full of dust from the Dust Bowl! Then you’ve got the picture of what we dealt with. On that scale of a project, there is simply no way to dispose of major debris without commercial size dumpsters. If you haven’t seen our kitchen remodel project, take a minute and enjoy this!
So, don’t let the never-ending accumulation of “life” get you down! Get busy cleaning and renovating. It really is fun, and very rewarding when all is said and done!