Some of the items that contribute most to clutter are:
- Books, CDs, records & DVDs
- Crockery and cutlery
- Baking items
- Figurines and decor
- Photo frames
- Storage containers and Tupperware
The first step to breaking the ice is to pull it all out (each section at a time) and analyse it. Ask yourself:
– What is it used for?
– How often would you use this item?
– Does it have sentimental value?
-Could you manage without it?
If you don’t use it all the time, it has no sentimental value and you don’t really need it, then it’s time to consider your next options. Options that someone else might use it or it can be used for something else. We want to reduce our contribution to landfill if we can find an alternative.
Option 1: Re-gift: clean up the item, mend it if needed and give it to a friend or relative as a gift.
Option 2: Donate: give the item to a charity shop to help those in need.
Option 3: Re-use: re-invent the item into something that you can use every day, for example, if it’s a pair of, two sizes too small jeans, you could remake them into a strong and sturdy, large grocery bag.
Option 4: Store it: if the items are things like baby toys, these items could be stored away ready for when you have grandchildren or your friends or relatives have children of their own. It could save you money on buying gifts later.
Option 5: Sell it: some items can be of great enough value that you could make a bit of extra cash. If you have a few items, you might find you could make quite a nice profit. Consider places such as Ebay, Gumtree or even hosting your own garage sale. Who knows you might earn enough to buy that beautiful storage cupboard you’ve been needing.