I have to tell you that my baby was pretty upset at first, but as I explained the principle behind my decision, I could see her begin to accept this lesson with humility. I realize that this won’t be the last time that her floor is littered with clothes, but hopefully I am teaching her the importance of maintaining an orderly space and resisting the urge to accumulate stuff. Plus, decluttering is hot right now (in the good way)! So if you are drowning in a sea of clutter and want some tips on how to lift the load, just keep reading. Not only are there ways to unload unnecessary items in your home, in some cases you can be paid to do so, and that sounds like a winning combination.
Too Much Clothing? If you have clothing in excellent condition, that can add up to extra cash in your pocket. Take it to a consignment store like Turn Style (they accept more than just clothes). For kids’ gear go to Once Upon a Child, where they give you cash on the spot. Of course if you prefer to avoid the (possible) consignment hassle, there are many non-profit thrift stores that would be happy to take your donation. My favorites are Salvation Army and Goodwill. If you are on the fence about letting go of clothes that you rarely wear, ask yourself “have I worn this in the past year?” If the answer is no (and it’s not your special party outfit) then get it out of the closet.
Too Many Books? If you have books or magazines that are just sitting on your shelves collecting dust, take them to Half-Price Books. Be prepared to spend about twenty-minutes in the store while they look over your items and then make you an offer (which you are not obligated to accept). What I also really like is that even if they choose not to buy any of the items that you bring in, they offer to recycle them for free, so you don’t have to lug books back home.
Too Many Old/Unused/Broken Electronics? Has your basement or spare room become the electronics graveyard? There are websites that offer to buy old cell phones and computers, but check them out thoroughly and proceed with caution. For computers try Gazelle.com or MyBoneYard.com and for cell phones consider CellForCash.com. If simply clearing your space would be just as valuable, participating Best Buy locations offer free recycling of phones, televisions, and computers! Note: Microwaves and console TV’s are not accepted. Remember to call ahead to verify details.
I think that my daughter was relieved when I thinned out her closet and drawers. She might have even enjoyed her one-outfit-week, although she’d never admit it. I would guess that most of us, have found ourselves inexplicably holding on to material things that are of little value. Instead of remaining burdened by growing piles of rarely used items, reclaim the space in your, home, garage, and (most importantly) your mind by giving, selling, or otherwise recycling. Even by taking small steps in this positive direction, you can yield notable benefits. Enjoy!
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. http://bible.cc/matthew/6-20.htm But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. http://bible.cc/matthew/6-21.htm For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matt 6:19-21
Marcia Humphrey is an interior decorator and home stager who specializes in achieving high style at low costs. A native of Michigan, she and her husband, Lonnie, have three children.