How to Declutter Your Home

by Tom Sharp 21 days ago in how to

The steps to take to tidy your house

How to Declutter Your Home

When you have kids, it’s very likely that your house will quickly fill up with clutter. And even if you don’t you’ve probably gotten to a stage at some point where your home is a bit of a mess. Once in a while we can all do with a good clearout, and as well as giving us the space to move around without treading on a bit of LEGO or the remote to yet another electrical device, it also means you can make some money with everything you don’t want or need anymore. So what can you do to live a clutter-free life?

Try the KonMari Method

Developed by Marie Kondo, an ‘organising consultant’ and author, this method is a minimalist technique where you appraise everything you own by deciding how much joy your items bring. Marie Kondo has been able to make a career of telling people how to tidying up, publishing four books including 2011’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which has been released in more than 30 countries and translated into multiple languages. However, you can condense her methods into six easy-to-manage steps. To get you started you have to 1) commit to tidying up, 2) imagine your ideal lifestyle, 3) discard before you tidy, 4) tidy by category and not location, 5) follow the right order and 6) ask yourself if your item sparks joy. And if you’re unsure on what the right tidying order is; it’s clothes then books, then papers followed by komono (miscellaneous items) and finally sentimental items.

This method, which can also be seen on the popular Netflix series Tidying with Marie Kondo, can be followed religiously, but it can also be followed in general terms too. It can simply make you think about consumerism and wastefulness, and lead you to reassess your attitude to the heaps of things you have at home which you never use. Also following the trend of living more minimalist lifestyles can also be beneficial to the environment, because it reduces demand for finite resources, and also encourages people to donate or sell their unwanted items instead of hoarding them or throwing them in the bin.

So now you know how to declutter, what are you going to do with your unwanted items?

eBay It

Selling stuff online is one of the easiest ways of getting rid of things you don’t need, but also making money in the process. eBay attracts thousands of users every month, so it is a great place to sell things that have a real value. Branded and vintage clothing do well on the platform, video games and blu-rays are good business, and DVDs can attract some interest but you won’t be making megabucks from them as they slowly crumble away into obsolescence. If you’re looking at selling some of your children’s unwanted toys, then the best sellers are the branded names like Star Wars, Marvel and LEGO, where discontinued sets can go for a surprising amount of money.

However, it’s not just that which can sell well on eBay. You can make money online by selling actual rubbish. The stuff you either throw away or recycle can make you more money than you’d think.

Try the KonMari Method

Developed by Marie Kondo, an ‘organising consultant’ and author, this method is a minimalist technique where you appraise everything you own by deciding how much joy your items bring. Marie Kondo has been able to make a career of telling people how to tidying up, publishing four books including 2011’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which has been released in more than 30 countries and translated into multiple languages. However, you can condense her methods into six easy-to-manage steps. To get you started you have to 1) commit to tidying up, 2) imagine your ideal lifestyle, 3) discard before you tidy, 4) tidy by category and not location, 5) follow the right order and 6) ask yourself if your item sparks joy. And if you’re unsure on what the right tidying order is; it’s clothes then books, then papers followed by komono (miscellaneous items) and finally sentimental items.

This method, which can also be seen on the popular Netflix series Tidying with Marie Kondo, can be followed religiously, but it can also be followed in general terms too. It can simply make you think about consumerism and wastefulness, and lead you to reassess your attitude to the heaps of things you have at home which you never use. Also following the trend of living more minimalist lifestyles can also be beneficial to the environment, because it reduces demand for finite resources, and also encourages people to donate or sell their unwanted items instead of hoarding them or throwing them in the bin.

So now you know how to declutter, what are you going to do with your unwanted items?

eBay It

Selling stuff online is one of the easiest ways of getting rid of things you don’t need, but also making money in the process. eBay attracts thousands of users every month, so it is a great place to sell things that have a real value. Branded and vintage clothing do well on the platform, video games and blu-rays are good business, and DVDs can attract some interest but you won’t be making megabucks from them as they slowly crumble away into obsolescence. If you’re looking at selling some of your children’s unwanted toys, then the best sellers are the branded names like Star Wars, Marvel and LEGO, where discontinued sets can go for a surprising amount of money.

However, it’s not just that which can sell well on eBay. You can make money online by selling actual rubbish. The stuff you either throw away or recycle can make you more money than you’d think.

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Car Boot Sale

But what can you do with the smaller ticket items that simply aren’t worth your time and effort photographing or uploading? Well for all your bric-a-brac you might want to consider doing a car boot sale. This is where you can sell a whole host of misc items for mere pounds and pence, but if you do manage to sell a lot, then you could be making a good wedge of cash from selling a whole load of items that to you seemed completely worthless.

As well as selling at a car boot though, there regularly are bargains to be had, with some people just desperate to get rid of their clutter without knowing the true value of some of their items. Take a look at what this car boot surfer found on one trip.

However, taking the time to organise and sell at a car boot isn’t for everyone, so if you don’t mind missing out on all this extra money, you can easily donate your items to the nearest charity shops, they’d be happy to receive your donations.

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Tom Sharp

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