I have a theory that most of us would be more than willing to let go of the stuff that’s cluttering our homes if we knew these things would serve a worthwhile cause or help someone else—the good things, kitchen things—our highly useful possessions that we just don’t use. Check out these worthwhile solutions for most household’s seven biggest clutter problems.
Vases, baskets, containers
And anything else that held flowers you have received. If they’re cracked or broken, no one wants them. For the rest, take those which are in “like-new” condition to the closest flower shop to be recycled.
Excess dishes and glassware
No matter how pretty or potentially useful, if you do not use those items at least once each year, sell them to an antique dealer, or give them to a local thrift shop or the church’s annual rummage sale.
Pots and pans
Offer them to family members, take them to the thrift shop, or see if your church kitchen or camp could use some decent cookware.
Can’t bring yourself to dump your good clothes into a collection bin? Find an organization with specific needs. Check out crisis pregnancy homes, battered women’s shelters, and drug rehab centers. They will be so grateful to get gently used clothing that their clients can wear to job interviews. Beyond gently worn? Toss them. Now.
If you’re keeping them for show, give it up. You are not impressing anyone. Go straight to Decluttr, input the ISBN number of that book or scan it using the Decluttr smartphone app. For those books they’ll buy, print out the prepaid mailing label and get those books into the mail. If not, donate books to your local library. What they cannot put on the shelves will help raise funds at the next library book sale.
Bibles and church literature
Call a local church or two and ask if they want them. If not, take them to the thrift shop.
Place an ad in your local paper or post your items on CraigsList.org to sell items you don’t need and are just taking up space. If you want to give the stuff away, post on the website FreeCycle.org. Or call up the next fundraiser auction that comes along and ask if they will pick up your items. If your furniture is really as great as you think, it’ll be gone before you know it.
General organization tips
Because clutter and organization is a huge problem for many of us, here are more tips to help with the mess:
- Assign a “home” for everything you own, then put things away when you are finished using them. If something doesn’t have a home, perhaps it’s time to rethink that item.
- If you are having trouble parting with something and you want to save the memory of the item, consider taking a photo of it for future reference.
- Organize your kitchen pantry. Group like items together so you’ll know what you have and what needs to go on the grocery list. Find out what’s lurking on your shelves!
- Go through your medicine cabinets twice a year (January and June are a good schedule) and throw away expired over-the-counter medications. For expired prescription drugs, take them to a local pharmacy that accepts them (most do), then make a list of items you need to replace.
Are you going to make it your mission to get rid of all your clutter? Do you have any more tips you can share? We’d love for you to do that in the comments section below.
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