Ways To Downsize When You Simply Have Too Much Stuff

Perhaps you’re looking to move home. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about renovating and clutter is making it difficult. Perhaps one day you simply wake up and realize you have too much stuff. Whatever the reasoning, it’s time to downsize and there are plenty of ways to do just that, to give yourself some breathing room and maybe even make a little money in the process.

What to get rid of

How do you make sure you’re getting rid of the right stuff? There are plenty of tips on items to get rid of. Know the difference between clutter and decor, first of all, and don’t feel compelled to throw away things you love looking at just because they don’t have an obvious practical purpose. Things that are aged past their usefulness, aren’t likely to be used any time soon, or simply don’t get you enthusiastic about keeping them should be on the chopping block.

Make use of resale potential

Of course, any items that could be sold should be sold. You should look for item resale sites and try to be specific about where you sell what. General auction sites are good if you need a sale relatively quickly, and garage sales are even better for that purpose, but if you have time, you should try to get as much as you can. Sell old electronics to people specifically into electronics, and sell unwanted art on art trading sites, and so on.

You don’t need to get rid of it immediately to get it out of the home

There are some items that might have some sentimental value but don’t belong in the home. Or perhaps someone would like it, but you can’t give it to them immediately. Or perhaps it has a lot of resale value but you need time to find a buyer. For items that you want out of the home but can get rid of just yet, consider options like storage pods, instead. There are cost-effective ways to store items that you don’t have an immediate use for. Just make sure that they’re not left lingering there without a purpose for too long.

Be smart about recycling

If you’re throwing items away, then make sure that you’re doing it as responsibly as possible. There are going to be plenty of services near most people unless you’re out in the sticks, that will take recyclable materials of all kinds. If you’re smart, you might even be able to make some money by recycling, as well. For instance, almost any digital electronics, no matter how old, can be given to recycling companies for a little cash. It might not be a whole ton, but it can help you pay for moving expenses if you are moving.

The sooner that you start getting organized, the sooner you can open up some space in the home and make better use of that space. Or perhaps you simply might want that space to enjoy a little more breathing room. Whatever the case, the tips above can help.

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