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.
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.
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.
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.