I would never classify myself as a hoarder, but there is a lot of stuff in our house that can qualify as junk that we really never use anymore. Bruce Littlefield, author of Garage Sale America, will help you break up with all that stuff with tips on how to declutter your home.
If your garage, basement or attic is full of junk, it’s time to declutter your house. Here’s how to determine what to get rid of, and how to get rid of it.
How to decide what is clutter: Ask yourself…
Have you used it in the last year?
Can you use it in the next week?
Does it have any sentimental value?
Is the item a duplicate? Meaning, do you have more than one?
How to get rid of the clutter:
-Host a yard / garage sale.
-Declutter for charity! Mark a box for ‘giveaway’ and have the family help you fill it up. The charity will give you a receipt for tax purposes.
-Sell it on eBay.
-Give it away on Craigslist.
-Give it to friends or neighbors.
-Take it to a dump, which often will have a ‘freecycle’ area where people can recover your unwanted goods.
-When you decide to dispose of clutter at the dump, keep in mind that electronics aren’t always disposable in dumps/landfills for environmental reasons. The Electronic Industries Alliance website has a feature that helps you look up local places to dispose of electronics properly.
Thanks to Howdini for this information.