Whether you’re moving or simply decluttering, a huge part of the organization process is letting go of the items that no longer serve you. Our rule of thumb is if you’re not using it and don’t love it, it’s time to let it go. Now, we realize for many this is easier said than done. We recognize that the cleansing process can be the greatest challenge, as most of us have emotional attachments to our things and environments. But if you have already crossed the ‘letting go’ hurdle, we want to offer some tips for figuring out how to discard your stuff. Don’t let the confusion of disposing of your clothes, furniture, and other household items stand in your way of an organized home. Here are some suggestions and tips for deciding whether to donate, sell, or throw away.
This is the best case scenario, right? We’d all like to see a monetary reward at the end of our hard work! And there are many great marketplaces: consignment stores, CraigsList, Ebay, and so on. But before you allocate everything to the Sell pile, ask yourself a few questions:
We suggest maintain high standards for choosing what to donate. Too many people treat the donate pile as the trash pile, which completely defeats the purpose. Truly think about whether or not someone would find value in what you’re getting rid of.
Donating typically entails dropping off your items at your local charity of choice. Some organizations, such as the Purple Heart, will do a home pick-up.
If it’s broken or unusable, ratty or invaluable- throw it away! For many people this can be the hardest option. We want to see our stuff go to a good home instead of a landfill! But for many scenarios, simply tossing your unwanted items may be the best option.
It can be hard saying good-bye to your things. But we’re big believers in the power of home organization and decluttering. Letting go of the items that no longer serve you is an empowering shift and important step. If your project feels intimidating or overwhelming, don’t hesitate to call in for professional help. Sometimes outside support is all you need in order to make lasting positive change.