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Since I’ve started working from home, I’ve noticed how much stuff we really own. We have piles of books that won’t fit on our shelves, school supplies being stored until the new semester starts, and a bunch of family items lying around. In short, our offices are cluttered with a ton of items that we either need to sell, store, or toss. We are tackling this problem this weekend and over the next two weeks. If you have found that your home is packed to the brim with your stuff too, then you may want to simply your life like me.

Toss It

The easiest way to declutter your home is to just throw all of your old junk away. Some neighborhood associations have a yearly neighborhood improvement day in which they rent dumpsters so that home owners can throw away their undesirables. These dumpsters are completely free. Another option is to call a storage removal company like 1-800-Got Junk. They will pack and haul your old junk away for you for a fee. I personally have been rooting out all of our broken items and putting them out with our normal trash. It has been working great.

Donate It

You can donate many of your old items to charitable organizations or through places like Freecycle. Organizations like the Red Cross, United Way, and Goodwill would be happy to receive your old televisions, computers, clothing, and furniture. You can either take it to them or they may be able to send someone to pick it up from your home. Donating to charity is a smart move because you will feel great that your things are going to a good cause and you get a tax deduction as well.

Freecycle is useful for any of the same items or even broken ones. I joined our local Freecycle group years ago and love the fact that my stuff goes directly to someone who will use it. I’ve been able to Freecycle rugs, furniture, and even plants.

Sell It

One of the ways to declutter your home and make some money in the process is to sell your stuff. I’d suggest using Craigslist or having a yard sale. Sell the items at prices that are just too good for anyone to pass up. You might be surprised to learn that your “junk” could bring in a couple hundred bucks and free up some of the space in your home.

Store It

If you want to hold onto some of your items for sentimental reasons but don’t have the room at home, then a storage facility is a great option. You can rent a basic climate-controlled storage unit for under $50 a month in my area and store all of the extra stuff there. Storage units are good for storing old furniture, clothes, and equipment. This way your items are safely protected in a controlled environment and your home is free of these items. I personally rather never pay for storage of things I don’t use, so I’m pursuing the other options right now.

How do you declutter your home?

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20 Responses to “How to Declutter Your House”

  1. STRONGside says:

    De-cluttering your home and your work space is one of the best ways to increase your productivity. I know that I can easily spent 30 minutes cleaning when sit down to work instead of getting busy on what I need to do. AND, you have the added bonus of being able to make a little extra cash along the way if you sell your old stuff. Not a bad way to spend some time!

  2. Jeroen says:

    I’m selling stuff to declutter my home and add to my savings at the same time. It’s surprising to see that stuff that’s just collecting dust in your own home might be stuff others will pay for.

  3. Shirley says:

    When my parents died the task of finding new homes for their belongings fell to my brother and I. Everything that other family members didn’t want went to Goodwill. That was the fastest, easiest, and least painful way for both of us.

    Because of that experience we have a steadfast rule for decluttering our home: if it hasn’t been used in the last year, it goes. One day our kids will be very happy about that decision. 😉

  4. We’ve got a ton of clutter at our home and we’ve been on a campaign to clear it out. We’ve donated a ton of old kids clothes and wwe just had a yard sale (results were a bit disappointing). Most of the rest will either get tossed or donated.

  5. Bill says:

    To me, simply removing clutter/unused things by tossing it is payment enough. I cannot believe how simply not having undeeded stuff lying around markedly improves happiness. It also makes you evaluate you’re spending habits and you get a wakeup call on how much money you have wasted on things you never used.

  6. Amy Saves says:

    i donate to goodwill or sell on ebay. as they say, one person’s junk is another’s treasure.

  7. jsbrendog says:

    i can’t get rid of my books. i love them too much. i don’t think i could ever be an e-reader type guy…but they take up so much space it sucks. they’re all packed in boxes at my mom’s house cause i don’t have any space for them

  8. skylog says:

    i am trying to do this at this very moment, or i should say i am trying to actually do this at this very moment. as i have for some time. i make some progress here and there, but i tend to keep putting off the sale of items i know i can get some moeny for as i think it is more work than it actually is.

    even though i know it is not, i still manage to convince myself it is such a hard task. after i clear out some stuff, every time, i am still amazed at myself for putting the task off.

  9. alex says:

    Waste Management of Los Angeles is teaming up with the Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) for the ‘Bag your Shoes’ campaign happening now! The goal is to collect 1,000 pairs of shoes! Come down and “recycle” your shoes, see you at the game!

  10. di says:

    Keep it simple. Create a list of necessities and change behaviors:

    Replace an entire office and all media with a handheld computer – work anywhere anytime.

    Living room: Couch, chair, floor lamp
    Kitchen: One set pots / dishes / utensils
    Bedroom: Bed, pillow, 2 sheets, blanket, quilt, floor lamp
    Wardrobe: 7 outfits, sweater, hooded jacket, gloves, tote bag
    Bathroom: 3 towels, one cosmetic bag

    Use a daybed / sofabed to sleep, study, dine and entertain.
    A separate bedroom, office, dining room and living room may not be needed.

    Store items in baskets beneath furniture.
    Vertical storage is claustrophobic and cluttering.
    Bureaus, closets, shelving, cupboards and tables may not be needed.

    Take good care of your possessions and pass them on to others.

  11. Dragonflower says:

    Regarding clutter – What does one do when they are married to a hoarder? I try continually to declutter. As soon as I get rid of one item, he replaces it with three more. His entire mother’s family was like that, so I am afraid it is genetic. The man has steadfastly refused to part with any of his clutter. Anybody else in the same situation?

    • Steph says:

      He’s not a hoarder, but sometimes my boyfriend has a hard time getting rid of items that are long past their use. I will hide an item for up to 3 months, and if he hasn’t asked for it within that time frame, it goes in the trash. If he asks for it later, my response is, “I don’t know,” since I’m really not sure where the dump is anyway!

      However, if your husband is REALLY bad about it, he may need therapy or you could contact the TV show “Hoarders.” Good luck!

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