Although collecting and keeping things is a natural human impulse, that impulse has changed in the modern age. This impulse no longer serves a need to store the harvest and make it last through winter. Wealth and technology have made it too easy to hoard things, causing stress, anxiety, and guilt.
It is never too late or too early to start decluttering your life. Before you begin this huge project, take a second to figure out the best ways to get rid of old stuff by checking out the 5 tips below.
- Getting Rid of Clothing
Fast fashion is one of the most environmentally harmful trends in the world today. That’s why it’s so important to donate or sell clothes you no longer want.
First, organize your clothing and accessories into three piles — the stuff worth something, the stuff that’s middle of the road, and the stuff that’s hanging on by a thread. Save everything designer or high end for the best consignment stores in your area or resale clothing apps.
Consider donating the middle of the road clothing to a good cause, like a women’s shelter. You likely wouldn’t get more than a few dollars for it anyway.
Trashed clothing and accessories are easily binned, but it’s best to find some way to recycle them. There may be businesses that do textile recycling, or you can at least add them to the rag bag at your house.
- Getting Rid of Tech
Tech is usually worth something, even if it no longer works. There are tons of phone apps out there for reselling old goods. For example, OfferUp is a popular app for selling valuable items like tech, look here for more info on how to use the app.
At the very least, tech can be parted out for its valuable components. Many states have a tech recycling program, or you can look into donating it to a worthy cause like World Computer Exchange.
- Getting Rid of Books
It should be illegal to throw away a book, but unfortunately, it is not. You can try reselling them, but it is a lot of effort for very little profit.
The most conscionable thing to do is to donate books to those who need them most. Even public libraries are usually open to taking old books in decent conditions.
- Decluttering the Kitchen
The kitchen is one of those places usually in dire need of decluttering. Make sure to regularly go through the pantry and toss out expired goods. Also, consider donating those unitaskers that only serve one purpose other than taking up space. This category includes things like bagel cutters.
- The Miscellaneous Junk
If you have successfully decluttered the house, you are likely to end up with a box full of random junk. Sort out what you want to sell and what you want to give away. There are plenty of websites, like eBay or local Facebook groups, for selling random items. For donation, stop by your local Goodwill or check out Freecycle.
More Ways to Get Rid of Old Stuff
Of course, there are more than 5 ways to get rid of old stuff. You can always look into upcycling your junk if you have the time and creative skills to dedicate to a new project.
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