There are a lot of benefits to downsizing, and this is especially true if your kids have moved out or you’re planning to move into a smaller home shortly. The truth of the matter is that we all tend to love accumulating stuff, and most of us only realize how cluttered our home environments are once we start trying to go through all our things. Sometimes, it’s even harder to find something we do like just because so many other things distract us or stand in the way! If you think it’s the right time to declutter and get more organized, it’s undoubtedly a challenge – but if others can do it, so can you. However, you can make it easier on yourself if you know what to do and how to deal with it in the right way. Here are some top tips to remember if you would like to declutter (or are already in the process of decluttering) your home.
What you should know first
If you’re planning on decluttering and essentially downsizing, this is no time to be too sentimental. Yes, that old couch may have seen better days, but it’s still so comfy! Or that old refrigerator doesn’t take up too much space in your garage, does it? The point is, if you are set on decluttering and having peace in your home, there’s no better time to start than now.
What you can do
Donating your old or unused items can do a lot to help others, but where should you donate them? If you don’t have a good idea of where you can donate your stuff, you can try contacting your local church or city council to ask them where you can donate old or unused (but still functional) stuff. You can also contact your local chapters of the Salvation Army or Goodwill, and some would even volunteer to pick up your items. Keep in mind, though, that most charities don’t accept old mattresses and rugs, so if you have those, it’s better to have them picked up by a junk removal firm such as Evergreen Junk Removal in Marietta and nearby communities.
If you don’t know what to do with some items – like old electronic appliances and books (both hardback and paperback ones), tons of paper, scrap wood, and scrap metal – you can always take them to your local recycling center.
- Get in touch with your local pickers
Here’s another tip: get in touch with your local pickers – or if you don’t have a local one, find the nearest store. There are plenty of second-hand store owners who may be interested in your items, particularly if they are somewhat valuable, like old vinyl records, old telephones, furniture, prints and paintings, and various collectibles or sports memorabilia.
- Contact a junk removal service
If you’ve sorted through all your things and have donated or recycled some and don’t know what to do with the few that are remaining, your best bet is to contact a junk removal service, as mentioned above. They can haul out the rest of your items for a small fee, so you don’t have to worry anymore about hauling it away, yourself. It saves you a lot of time and hassle, too.
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