[AD] In today’s world, you can easily acquire more items than you need. Eventually, these items pile up and clutter your home. If you want to reclaim your space and tidy your home, then why not declutter and donate some items? There are plenty of places you can donate items to, such as local charities, recycling centres, food and clothing banks or schools. However, for larger items like furniture, you can often contact and schedule a home pickup. Some charities offer this service, for example, or if you live in Huntington Beach, California, you can have them picked up by Easy Donation Pickup for free. Here’s a quick household guide to decluttering, so you can give your items a new life.
Your closet is one of the areas you’ll likely find most items to donate. Sorting your clothes can be time-consuming. Here’s what you should do:
Take a bag or box and put your clothes, shoes, and linens that you no longer need. A general rule is to donate items that haven’t made their way into rotation for a year. Make sure that you clean your clothes before donating them.
After determining the clothes that you don’t wear or use, it’s time to whip your closet into shape. Start by sorting the clothes based on their colours to make it easier to find that blue dress or shirt whenever you need it. You can take this organizing skill further by arranging color-coded outfits as per their sleeve length or fabric weight.
Get a cheap shoe rack to hang behind your door or below hanging clothes or toys. You can also put shoes in their original boxes or transparent boxes to see which pair is where.
Technology is evolving every day. This means, most households are getting new gadgets while the old ones become obsolete. While you may be itching to get the latest tech, you’re likely to not know what to do with the old laptops, smartphones, and other electronics. However, if you don’t have space for computers or mobile phones, you can start decluttering by:
- Clearing your data from your gadget: This step is helpful as it ensures that you don’t lose data or it doesn’t get in the wrong hands. You can transfer your data to an external drive.
- Wipe every gadget clean and label it as you get it: Label all your wires, cables, and other electronics to make sure they’re not left behind unidentified.
If you’re confronted with stacks upon stacks of books, it’s time to declutter your shelves and make way for new ones. While this idea can make you panic, just step back and take it slow. Start by identifying what stays and what goes depending on how helpful a book is to you.
- Get a box or bin and put in books that you feel comfortable passing on to another person or charity.
- Decide how many books you’re willing to let go and give yourself a timeline by which you’ll donate.
There are many places you can donate books, from free libraries to nursing homes to thrift stores. Or you could use an app such as Ziffit to sell unwanted books.
Decluttering your house can be difficult, but knowing that your unwanted items will help someone makes it easier to let them go. You can donate them to charities that accept donations, give items away on Freecycle or pop a box of free things outside your home for people to take. Other quick stuff that you can donate include pillows, extra kitchenware, paper products, wire hangers, and extra or expired toiletries.0