There are so many reasons why you might want to declutter. Perhaps you’re downsizing, getting buried in children’s toys whenever you open your cupboards or just want to have a clear out, there are several ways to go about it. Decluttering is said to be good for clearing the mind, and you could even make a bit of extra money to put towards a family holiday!
There are lots of ways to tackle this. Maybe you want to do use the one year rule (if you haven’t worn or used something in a year, you don’t need it), you might want to get rid of baby items now your children have grown older, or you might want to cut down your bursting wardrobe! Whether you tackle one room at a time and gradually work your way through the house, or have the whole family do everything in one day, choose a method that works for you. Once you’ve gathered everything you can get rid of, you’ll then need to decide what to do with it.
Avoid landfill if you can
It can be really tempting to just chuck everything you don’t want to keep into a skip and forget about it, but if you’re able to dedicate a bit of time to making sure things are recycled or given to another home, it’ll be much better for the environment.
If you have anything in good condition, considering selling on a second hand website or at a car boot sale. Alternatively, you might have friends or family that might like to have the items themselves or you might prefer to donate anything in good condition to charity shops or give away to those in need.
For anything that is damaged or you’re not sure what to with them, check out your local waste or recycling centres to see what can be taken there. Recycling centres can often take an incredible amount of different items, so you can avoid throwing away problematic things like electrical appliances, paint or furniture (and everything else your local one might take). You will probably need to separate types of items in advance, so make sure you do this before travelling to the centre.
Sell what you can for extra cash
If you’ve got some items of decent value that you just don’t use, or think someone else might want, try selling them online and have the extra bonus of earning money as well as getting them out of your home! It’s so easy to sell online via eBay and Gumtree, or more category-specific sites like Vinted for clothing. If you have a lot of items of lower value (like lots of makeup samples or arts and crafts supplies), you might want to sell them all together as a ‘job lot’. It’s worth checking in advance to see whether the items are likely to sell first, so search for completed sales and look at others selling similar items to see how much money you’re likely to make and whether it’s worth the effort.
Large items are also surprisingly easy to sell, as couriers for large items are easy to arrange without going via Royal Mail, but by using Shiply instead. You can arrange couriers yourself, or list the large items as ‘local collection only’ and ask the buyer to arrange a courier themselves.
Here are some recent large item delivered by Shiply.
Good luck and enjoy your new space!
*This is a sponsored post by Shiply.*