Top Tips For Decluttering

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!


The sorting

Top Tips For Decluttering

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

Top Tips For Decluttering

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

Top Tips For Decluttering

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.*


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Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. 10/08/2018 / 4:06 pm

    Oh decluttering is one of my favorite things to do! Great tips! I hadn’t heard of Shiply before. I’ll definitely go check it out!

    • 10/08/2018 / 6:36 pm

      I’d love decluttering too when I have the time. I just can’t seem to find the time, but boy such satisfaction at the end. 😀

  2. 10/08/2018 / 9:46 pm

    I’m forever clearing out, it’s a surprise we have anything left, but there’s still plenty more. Thanks for the tips on Shiply, I’ll have to check them out. #FabFridayPost

  3. 11/08/2018 / 3:08 am

    I am always working on decluttering in my house. I also use local FB groups to try to sell our old stuff – specifically clothes and toys my girls have grown our of. Sometimes it’s more hassle than it’s worth, but if you can make a few dollars, it’s a great way to get rid of your stuff!

  4. 11/08/2018 / 7:33 am

    Where does stuff even come from? It just creeps in when you’re not looking. We’re pretty much always in need of some decluttering. #FabFridayPost

  5. 12/08/2018 / 10:02 am

    The hubs is a hoarder! I am forever decluttering.. I really should consider selling some of his stuff!


  6. Mother of 3
    12/08/2018 / 4:38 pm

    I am always de-cluttering; particularly just after Christmas and during those winter months we’re stuck inside. We start in one room and work our way through the house.


  7. 12/08/2018 / 7:04 pm

    I love decluttering, in fact it’s what I’ve largely been up to this afternoon! So good for the soul. Thank you for sharing your tips with #Blogstravaganza 🙂

  8. 12/08/2018 / 7:20 pm

    I love decluttering, in fact I’ve spent a large part of my afternoon having a good clear out! Thank you for sharing your tips with #Blogstravaganza 🙂

  9. 12/08/2018 / 8:35 pm

    We recently did a major decluttering purge. We’ve actually done it several times this year and it is the kind of therapy that needs to happen often. I plan on doing it again some time before the winter holidays.

    We are also planning on selling secondhand clothing items on my blog so I hope that helps us earn extra cash. I have donated so much and that feels really great to know that I am helping someone who needs it more than me. I am definitely applying the “if you don’t use it within a year” rule in my house from here on out.

    Thanks for sharing! #FabFridayPost

  10. Margaret Gallagher
    12/08/2018 / 10:02 pm

    Setting my mind – i must declutter ! Positive – make some money or donate to charity – win win !

  11. 15/08/2018 / 1:39 pm

    Ugh, once school starts again so much STUFF will enter our home, and usually is left at the front door for me to trip over! I love a good declutter! #fabfridaypost xoxo

  12. 16/08/2018 / 5:39 pm

    Good tips. I had to declutter lots due to big relocation but then it starts creeping up again if you don’t keep an eye n purchases and so on. Also important to realise memories remain even after the stuff has gone. #FabBridayPost

  13. 16/08/2018 / 10:48 pm

    We have recently decluttered, I took 3 bags to the charity shop and it felt great. My head feels clearer now. #FabFridayPost

  14. 13/09/2018 / 9:28 am

    I love decluttering! I want to curate my home and my life so that the only things I have are those that truly “spark joy”. Need to start making a bag now. 🙂 🙂 #septembersnappeduplinky

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