You just looked in the attic and realized you can’t remember the last time you cleaned it out, or maybe you’ve been agonizing over a cluttered basement. Perhaps, you just tried to park your car in the garage and couldn’t. Or, maybe, there was a twinge of guilt while watching a de-cluttering show. Whatever the case, you are thinking that now is time for a good clear out. So, what should you do with all the clutter? Here are four smarter ways to handle clearing that junk out of your home
Sell or Donate It
Options #1 and #2 go hand-in-hand. Start by sorting your clutter between keep, sell, and donate piles or boxes. Keep the things for which you have use and space. Prepare to ditch the rest.
Consider selling those items that might earn you a bit of money. This can be done through a variety of venues including Craigslist, eBay, or a yard sale. Whatever your choice, it is a good first step in ridding yourself of clutter.
The second way is to donate items. These are items that you do not wish to or cannot sell. Donations can be done in a number of ways. One of the major names for donations is, of course, Goodwill. However, there are a myriad of options available depending on the items. For instance, blankets and towels may be welcomed at your local animal shelter.
Option #3 requires some crafting skills. Upcycling involves remaking old items into new, often prettier, ones. Of course, you need to be careful lest the upcycling projects spawn new clutter. However, done right, this approach can yield items that can be used, sold, or donated to a charity auction.
Have It Removed
Of course, not all items can or should be sold, donated, or transformed through upcycling. Some items, such as paper and items that cannot be repaired, fall into the category of junk. So, what if the items that you are left with are truly junk?
Fortunately there’s an easy solution for that. Garbage removal services exist for the purpose of handling junk. Their experts come and haul away unwanted items without muss and fuss on your part.
Clutter can get you down, but there are smarter ways of clearing junk out of your home. Following these four simple steps can make your home a cleaner, more comfortable space in which to live.
Anica Oaks, the author of this post, is a freelance writer and web enthusiast.