5 Ways To Declutter Sustainably

Welcome to my brand new declutter series on my blog. January always inspires me to declutter my home, mind and phone. I therefore thought this month I would share some tips and tricks I have picked up along the way. Today I am talking all about how to declutter in a sustainable way, so lets get started.

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I’m sure we have all had that time where you have kept something “just in case”. You feel that you might need it one day or that it would be wasteful to get rid of it. This doesn’t have to be the case and in fact, it could be deemed just as wasteful that it isn’t being used. I’ve put together these five tips of what you can do with the things you declutter.

Sell Online

These days, there are so many different apps and websites that you can sell items though. My personal favourite is Ebay, whilst others prefer Facebook or Depop. It doesn’t take long to list an item for sale on any of these options and you’ll be surprised how quickly things sell. With the extra money you make, you could treat yourself or put it towards your savings. Make sure you check out any restrictions on what you can sell as well any fees you might have to pay.

Give To Family & Friends

Giving to family and friends is another great way of making sure an item gets a second life. I have a box that I keep to one side with bits in that other people might like. Whenever anyone comes to visit, they can have a look through the box and take anything that they might like away with them. A lot of the items in the box are make up or skincare that I have maybe used once or twice but can’t sell on.

Donate To Charity

Donating items to charity not only helps you to declutter your home, but raises money for great causes too. Charity shops accept so many things. You know that by helping them, you are also supporting these charities to carry on doing vital work. Having volunteered in a charity shop before, I also know that the majority of them accept old worn clothes too. These are known as rags and if you stick them in a bag labelled rags, most will accept them. These rags are then collected by a cash for clothes business and exchanged for money for the charity.

Do A Carboot Sale

Obviously with current restrictions, this might not be possible. However, under normal circumstances, this is a great way of shifting your unwanted belongings as well as having lots of fun too. I currently have a corner of the garage with boxes of things that will be perfect for selling at a carboot sale.

Free Box

This is perfect for items that aren’t worth much. They might be damaged or just cheap to start with, so stick them in a box with free written on the front. You will be surprised at how quickly these items are taken and it didn’t cause you much effort at all. I did this a while back with some old colouring books. Only one or two pages had been used and yet they were gone within five minutes!

I hope you have found these tips useful. Giving items a second lease of life not only helps you to be more sustainable, you might also be helping someone who perhaps couldn’t afford the item full price. Its important to remember that if you can’t pass an item on, try to recycle as much of it as you can.

Other posts you might enjoy:

5 Ways to be more sustainable this Christmas

Ethical Jewellery by Wolf & Gypsy

Dreaming of a green Christmas

74 thoughts on “5 Ways To Declutter Sustainably

  1. I love this. Whenever I have something that I can’t use anymore I give it away (if it’s still in a good condition). I don’t understand people who just throw things away that can still be used by someone else.

    All the best, Michelle (

  2. I do a lot of decluttering. I also do a lot of buying and selling. Not so much now with covid etc. But donating to charity our clutter is my main thing..

    Good read. Thanks

  3. I was genuinely surprised by how much money can be made by selling things on eBay. I donโ€™t do it very often, usually just for the higher ticket items. But it great to make some money from things I no longer want. Iโ€™ve also given a lot of beauty and skincare items away to family. I used to subscribe to a few beauty boxes and ended up overwhelmed with samples. Giving them away got rid of the clutter in my house and my family loved the treats x

  4. I love sustainability posts! It is something that is so important now! I really enjoy buying clothes off depop and selling on there!

    Amber | The Unpredicted Page

  5. Yes! I love this post! It is hard to be sustainable when getting rid of clutter- but these are some key ways to make sure you’re looking out for the environment ๐Ÿ™‚ I always give my old clothes to charity shops, but I love all these other ideas x

  6. I’ve been planning to declutter my wardrobe this month so thank you so much for sharing this tips! I always give my old clothes to my cousin or family but I want to sell it or give it to charity shops now ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Love this post! I get very attached to stuff mostly if someone gave them to me as a present, so it’s always a struggle to declutter! At the end of last year though I went through my shelves and brought some books to the local library. I usually give to charity, but currently everything is closed here. Thanks for sharing you tips! x

  8. Loved this post! I’ve been really trying to approach a more minimalist lifestyle (though books are an exception because they bring me joy) but I have been trying to give away more or sell on depop. If there is something I have that I don’t need, I’d rather someone else get some use or joy out of it for sure.

  9. Decluttering is so important, especially with clothes! I used to hoard clothes so much but last year, I did a massive declutter and either gave them to charity or sold them xx

  10. These are great suggestions to declutter sustainably instead of throwing the items away!
    The last time I decluttered, I donated a good amount to charity & I have some things to sell too. Also, my daughter gets some of her clothes from a family friend who has a daughter a few years older than her, and next to this ATM they regularly have a free box & I’ve found nice plates & bowls, playstation games & decor.

  11. Yes! I find decluttering helps me focus and feel less overwhelmed with my day to day life. I work from home so like to have clear spaces for me to work in. Great post.

  12. Oooh love that you can still give your unwanted clothes another chance! I am big on giving my unwanted clothes to whoever wants it, unless it has a decent monetary value. Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy โœจ

  13. Decluttering frees up so much space to grow into so I love your tips on decluttering sustainably! A free market recently opened in my home town so we love to give away the finds of our decluttering for other people to use, though Ebay is a great place to sell if you have the time to put into it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Free boxes are always such a good idea and I’m sure that the items go so quickly! I also try to give to family and friends where possible x

  15. I love that you are starting a declutter series! I have already implemented a lot in my life already in terms of sustainability and wrote my own posts myself. But I also love a good declutter! I feel you that January is the time to declutter and let all those things go ๐Ÿ˜Š I personally love using depop to sell clothes but it does have its ups and downs xx

  16. Awesome post! I usually donate my old clothes to charity, but the free box idea is a great for non-clothing items. If you have old books, or similar items I find that posting on Facebook, in the sale section is another fantastic way of decluttering and giving away stuff. You can make a couple of bucks from that as well. Thanks for all these ideas!

  17. We do a mass donation once a year to a local thrift shop here in town. It’s run by a church organization and we know that it means A LOT to those who are having a harder time making ends meet financially. If it’s still in good shape, that’s where it goes. We have a big box that sits in the bedroom all the time so that we can just toss things in there whenever we identify something that can go.

  18. Great post and some fab suggestions here! I love Decluttering but I am always very aware of how un friendly it can be for the environment. Iโ€™d always opt for charity. Iโ€™ve also started to donate to clothes banks and things too!

  19. I have been decluttering lately too! For the first time ever I decluttered my keyring – I can’t believe how good it felt to get rid of unwanted / unknown keys. I’m lighter and so is my purse.

    I usually do all these things on your list. Mostly, I try to give things to friends and family if I know they will really love it. One other thing I do is orgnanise a Council pickup and put my stuff curbside a day early. This is so passersby can take stuff they see if they want to. You would be surprised how much goes – I usually end up with next to nothing.

  20. I love this! So important to declutter and not just chuck things in the bin! I’m such a fan of giving to friends and family or to the charity shop!

    Katie |

  21. Loved this – I’ve been trying to sort a lot of stuff I own recently and have listed quite a few things on Depop or given to charity. It always makes me feel much better as well once I’ve had a good clear out.

    Tash – A Girl with a View

  22. I love this post! I really need to have a declutter but just haven’t gotten around to it. Normally, when I have a declutter I check with friends/family to see if they want anything and then if it is still in good condition I would take it to my local charity shop.

  23. I love these ideas – one of my goals for this year was to become more sustainable with my fashion choices and Iโ€™ll definitely be following your advice when clearing out my wardrobe!

  24. Such an important post ๐Ÿ™‚
    Apps like depop and ebay are great for selling online – I get 95% of my clothes from Depop x I can’t wait to go to carboot sales and charity shops once it’s safe to.

    Caroline |

  25. These are all amazing tips Kelly! This post reminds me of the fact that I need to declutter lol. I love decluttering a lot. Decluttering makes me more productive. I want to be more sustainable this year. It can be hard to be sustainable while decluttering but these are wonderful tips. I have never decluttered by selling the things I don’t need online, I haven’t decluttered by doing a carboot sale either but I will give them a try. I love the idea of giving to family and friends, donating to charity and free box.
    Ruth| Ruthiee loves Glamour

  26. Great post! I like your suggestions for giving clothes etc another life for someone else! Decluttering and doing a clean out are so important! I like to do one in Spring and again in the Fall. Thanks for sharing!

  27. I was just thinking a few days ago about setting up some online sales of some stuff that I’ve sorted through and need to get rid of (it must be a sign to actually get on and do it)! Being sustainable in this way is underrated so I’m glad you wrote about it!

  28. These are such great ways to declutter. Thanks so much for sharing! I need to do some of this in my own home too!

  29. Having a good sort out of clothes, cupboards and Flora’s toys is HIGH on my priority list this month! I’m not sure charity shops are open at the moment but when they are, I’m sure they’ll be deluged with bags, haha. Great tips, Kelly, love the free box idea!

  30. These are some great suggestions to help declutter your wardrobe space, I will usually share with my younger sisters first and anything else I will take around to the local charity shops. We are quite luckily and have 3 charity shops all less than 2 minutes away from the house. Thank you for sharing!


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