It has come to my attention, both through comments on my blog and through real life experience, that one of the issues people have with their clutter, once they finally decide to be rid of it, is getting it out of their homes. Clutter gets rounded up then put aside in the corner of a room or storage space and they build up and hang out there for, what seems like, forever.
One reason is a lack of time, another a lack of knowing exactly what to do with it, while a lack of transport to get it to a thrift shop can also be a deterrent. Some folks spend too much time trying to find the perfect new home for there stuff so they feel more comfortable letting it go. And trying to return some monetary gain for your, not well utilised, stuff can slow down the process of it getting it on it’s way. But whatever the reason, I can only imagine it must feel like a failure and becomes a deterrent to getting rid of any more stuff.
My advice is…
- Find a good charity who will take most things and make a promise to yourself you will pack up your stuff and take it there as soon as you have a trunk load. If you have no vehicle ask a friend, relative or neighbour to help. Or even book a taxi every now and again. You could also use Freecycle.org, or similar, where you list your stuff for free and the taker will come to you to pick it up.
- If you insist on selling some of your stuff don’t dither over this. List it quickly, if it doesn’t sell list it again and if there are still no takers send it off to the charity of your choice. Here are some options for selling ~ eBay or similar or check out Facebook for a Buy, Swap and Sell page for your local area. You can also have a garage sale or flea market stall.
- Don’t be too precious about where the stuff goes. There may be waste no matter what method you use. Better that it go out into circulation, and come what may, than it gathering dust in a corner of your home where it is no use to anyone. Just promise yourself you will be less inclined to acquire in future so you don’t have to agonise about letting things go.
In summary, plan a strategy for removal of your stuff and carry it out quickly. The sooner you send it on its way the better you will feel and the more likely you will be to carry on the process.
At an assembly, at my granddaughters school today, the principle said ~ “A little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing…”. In the case of clutter, knowing what to get rid of is that little bit of knowledge, not also knowing what to do with it is where the danger sets in…
“If we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think we’d be happy with more?” — Unknown