If you’ve spent the start of your summer break cleaning out the closets, you may be wondering, “I’ve decluttered: now what”? We’ve got a few ways you can get rid of all the things you no longer need to clutter your home with.
Thrift & Consignment Stores
Thrift stores are a great way to get rid of stuff you don’t need. Often you can just pull up to a designated “drop off” spot and someone will unload the items for you. Be sure to get a receipt so you can claim your donation on your taxes.
Many thrift stores support causes. Check to see if ones in your area support a cause you’re passionate about, like pets or veterans. Then donate to that specific thrift store.
Also, if you have clothing, shoes, furniture, and accessories in great condition, consider a consignment store. You’ll get paid when your stuff sells!
For items that can’t be donated or are hazardous, consider the landfill. Yes, it does cost money to take items there, but you’ll be rid of the clutter. You can often take mattresses, paint, and old appliances to the landfill.
Yard Sales or Online Marketplaces
You can of course have your own yard sale with all the items making you say, “I’ve decluttered: now what?” Plan one for spring when many are out looking for bargains. You’ll be able to make some extra money while knowing your items will be used again. If you just have a few items to sell consider an online marketplace like CraigsList or Facebook Marketplace. It’s best to meet someone in a neutral location to exchange items/money.
Finally, if you have a “spring cleanup” in your community you can put your items out on the curb at the appropriate time. In Grand Junction we have a spring clean up every year. Residents are allowed to put furniture (not mattresses or electronics) out on the curb and the city will come and collect them. Often scavengers will collect them first!
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