Earlier this year we did a major furniture refresh in our home. With that, we moved our old furniture pieces and home accessories into the garage to be dealt with at a later time. It’s been four months and now it’s time to deal with it. One of my goals this year is to declutter and create a calm living space. It’s a total work in progress. If you are ambitiously tidying your spaces this year and not sure what to do with everything that needs to go, here are my go-to ways to get rid of stuff that’s taking up too much space.
What to do with the stuff you no longer need
We lost some storage space when we did our furniture refresh and we have so many books, CDs, DVDs and tchotchkes that need a home, just not our home. My husband and I sorted through what we wanted to keep and wanted to get rid of. Some was donated and some was sold.
My favorite way to sell smaller items is an app called Mercari. I first found out about Mercari when I was reselling Rae Dunn and found it to be far easier than invoicing through PayPal. Mercari does take a flat 10% fee when the item sells but what I like best is the printable shipping label. Pack your item, slap a pre-paid shipping label on it and drop it off at the post office. Done. I made over $600 selling a bunch of stuff I probably would have just donated to the Goodwill.
What about Goodwill?
Goodwill is one of my go-to places to donate our unwanted stuff and luckily we have a donation truck in a neighboring city. I recently listened to a podcast called A Slob Comes Clean (see affiliate links to her books below) that featured a Goodwill representative who discussed what items Goodwill will and will not take (this varies by location). The biggest takeaway was Goodwill will take electronic items (think old phone chargers, cords, etc.).
My Goodwill donation truck also has a Habitat for Humanity truck that collects unwanted home items. We donated a ceiling fan we recently replaced and I’m interested to see if there is any benefit in donating our old bathroom fixtures when we start our master bath remodel.
Free Pickup from the Salvation Army
I love the convenience of the Salvation Army pick-up truck. You can schedule a pick up online and I use this service for our larger items, like furniture and old area rugs. My husband thinks there is some money to recoup from the furniture items in the garage so I will use Salvation Army if I can’t sell them.
Local Facebook Groups, Let Go and Craigslist
Because of privacy, I’m not a huge fan of using public forums likes Facebook groups, the Let Go app or Craigslist to get rid of unwanted items. Pick up times aren’t always convenient and I certainly don’t want to haggle face-to-face. I’d rather walk away from a few extra bucks and donate items than worry about a stranger coming to my home.
Ask your friends
When it comes to clothing, shoes and accessories, I usually reach out to friends first. Megan has taken many things off my hands and I recently shipped a huge box of my daughter’s outgrown stuff to a girlfriend (note: shipping costs can be outrageous, so keep this in mind. I ended up spending $60 to give something away).
So what are you looking to get rid? Need some ideas? Read this article on the seven things to clean out this year. So many great ideas to get the ball rolling to clutter-free, calmer living.