For many people, it sometimes seems as though clutter simply accumulates itself. No matter how careful you are to keep it bay, eventually you find that drawers are overflowing, closets are stuffed, and you can’t find what you’re looking for through the clutter.
And it can be tempting to keep putting off your clean out, because tackling clutter can often feel like an overwhelming job. But, the longer you put it off, the more things there will be to deal with in the end. So, it’s best to take on decluttering as soon as you’re aware of the problem, rather than letting it grow.
If one of the things holding you back is being unsure of how to dispose of it all, there are many ways that you can do so that are simple, easy, and will help get your things in order. Take a look at these 5 ways to dispose of clutter, so you can have a more organized home soon.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and if the clutter in your home is primarily made up of items that are in good condition, but that aren’t getting used, consider donating them. Charities, thrift stores, homeless shelters, and places like them will usually accept a wide range of items from clothing and kitchen goods to knick knacks and accessories. You may even be able to get a tax write off for your donation, depending on its size. If you have a large enough donation or if you’re donating furniture, the place you’re donating to many even come and pick it up for you, saving you the trip.
Sell Some of It
If the items you have are in good condition, you may also be able to sell some of them for cash. You can do this a few ways, depending on your location, your comfort level, and what items you have to sell. If you have a lot of varied items and live in a well populated area, consider a garage sale or yard sale to invite people to come and take items away with them. You can also post on local Facebook or community websites as well.
If you have fewer items, consider selling on a site such as eBay. Keep in mind, though, that this will require you to package and ship the items, so it may not be the best method if you large or oversized items for sale.
Take a Trip to the Transfer Station
If you’ve weeded out the items that can go to a new home, and are left with a lot of debris, broken items, or other trash, consider just taking it to the dump. Some transfer stations will accept even large items for a fee, usually by weight, and many will also take things like construction debris based on the weight as well. So, if you have a lot of clutter left over from a project or simply a lot of trash to get rid of, this can be a good way of decluttering and cleaning things out all at once.
Recycle Some of It
If you’re able to separate out your clutter, you can often recycle large amounts. Plastics, metals, cardboard, old toys, and more can all be recycled. Some companies, such as LEGO have programs that will take old products and put them to new use, or your transfer station may have a recycling program you can use to dispose of some of the more generic recyclables. This can include things like appliances, computers, TVs, and old cell phones. When it doubt, call around and see what items various recycling centers or companies may accept. They may even send you the shipping label or even come to pick up the material for you.
Rent a Dumpster
If you have a seriously large amount of clutter or if you have several larger items to dispose of, you may find that renting a dumpster is the best way to declutter your home. The dumpster is delivered to your property, and all you need to do is fill it up. Toss in anything that you can’t dispose of easily by donating or recycling, and when it’s full the company will haul it away for you. This is a good idea if you need want an upfront, single cost, as the transfer station charges by the pound, so you may not know what your costs will be until you get there.
Declutter Your Home Today
Clutter can be overwhelming. It can be stressful and it can cause you to lose the use of many of the areas of your home. But it doesn’t have to be hard to dispose of. Use any of these techniques for getting rid of your clutter, and start leading a more organized life today.
October 30, 2019