Decluttering has gained a lot of popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Most of us have way too many things that we don’t need. If you’ve ever moved, you’ll attest to the fact that you never know how much stuff you have until you have to put it all in boxes and transport it.
Too often, decluttering is only defined by putting your stuff in trash bags and throwing it away. This isn’t the only way to declutter. If you live frugally or your space is too small for your things, the things aren’t the problem. So here are some ways you can get rid of extra stuff you own without throwing it in the garbage.
Give It to a Friend or Family Member
Something you might not want is something someone else might give a second life to. Ask your friends and family if they’re in need of a new shirt, bowl, or whatever you want to give away. It’s almost like gifting them something they would have otherwise paid for.
If you’re stuck thinking about the money you’ve sunk into purchasing these items, you may feel better if you sell them and get some of that money back. You can sell your things in yard sales or on online websites like Etsy or Facebook Marketplace.
Put It in a Storage Unit
You might not have any space or fresh ideas about how to organize all your things. Maybe you’re busy with personal matters or you’re going through a rough patch, and your clutter is just worsening your mental health. Put the whole process on pause and rent a storage unit.
A storage unit is just what it sounds like: a place where you can put all your extra things until you know what to do with them. As the people at Canon Storage say, it should be your top priority to find a storage unit with good security so your stuff is safe. Renting a storage unit can buy you some time until you decide to come back to decluttering.
Be Creative in Finding Space around the House
If you think outside of the box, you’ll find some valuable unused storage around the house. Here are some places you might have overlooked in your own home.
Under the Bed
This is a good place to store things that you don’t use every day. This way, even if you forget them, it won’t hinder your daily routine. These can be things like seasonal clothing and decoration, fancy clothes, etc. You still have a use for them, just not at the moment.
Invest in Hooks
You don’t have enough floor space, but you probably have a lot of unused vertical space. Install hooks on empty walls and doors to take advantage of that.
Get Organizational Baskets
Storage baskets are popular with the decluttering community for a reason. A basket and a label can save you a lot of time you’d spend on looking for lost items. Purchase a few cheap storage baskets, and sort your stuff into them.
Decluttering is exhausting. Even more so when you can’t throw anything away. After reading these tips, you’ve hopefully been inspired to get rid of your clutter without feeling guilty about it. Happy cleaning!