Now is a great time to declutter and reorganise your home. With the heat of summer behind us, it’s the perfect time to get rid of those unwanted items and with a little bit of help, your pre-loved goods could soon be loved by someone else.
The key to any big clean out is being prepared. Before you start opening kitchen cupboards, trying on clothes or testing unused toys, have everything you need to make your life easier. Pre-marked boxes for selling, throwing out and donating will make it easier to keep track of everything whilst batteries, permanent markers and bubble wrap will allow you test, mark and safely secure items as you go.
Don’t forget the spray and wipe or disinfectant to give those items found at the back of your cupboard a quick once over before they find a new home and if you’re decluttering because you’re moving or simply have a lot to get rid of, why not hire a skip bin so you can safely get rid of it, quickly and easily.
Get the whole family involved
If you’re really serious on decluttering your home, it makes sense to involve all family members. Plus many hands make light work.Ask the kids to pick out six toys, two that have seen better days and should go in the bin, two that they no longer want and would be suitable for someone less fortunate and two that they would be prepared sell for some extra pocket money.
It’s a great opportunity to decide as a family if the tent you vowed to use more often will ever get used again or if you’ve all outgrown the tandem bicycles collecting dust in the shed.
Sometimes it can be difficult to part with items especially if they have sentimental value and whilst decluttering your home is good for the soul, it doesn’t mean you need to go overboard.
Think about items that you haven’t used in six months or had forgotten you owned, will you miss them? If your answer is no, pop them in one of your three marked boxes.
If you’re unsure, put it back in its place and jot down a note. The next time you are spring cleaning, if you can honestly say you haven’t used it, then its time to go.
Make time to actually get rid of your unwanted items
We’re all guilty of driving around for weeks at a time with a bag or box full of items bound for the local second hand goods shop. To ensure this doesn’t happen, call ahead so that they are expecting your delivery and drop off as soon as you can.
Fill your bin immediately or take a trip to your local council rubbish location.
And for those items you think you can sell, head to Cash Converters and see what price you could sell them for.