Does your home feel stuffed and fit to burst? If it does, it could be time to do some decluttering. Many people find this difficult to do, but it can be the most refreshing and uplifting experience once you try it. And it can also boost your bank balance, which is ideal if you’re trying to save money.
Decluttering can be done in lots of ways, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the mere thought of it, start small. Ignore most of the clutter around you and start with one area in one room. Let’s say, for example, you have a spare room filled with stuff you don’t need or want, but you can’t bear to get rid of. Stepping into that room will undoubtedly feel overwhelming. Ignoring most of the clutter and zoning in on one area will make the whole task easier. And once you begin, you’ll find it far easier to continue.
Do I need it?
If the answer is ‘well, I might need it one day…’ it’s time to get rid of it. Be ruthless. If you haven’t used or worn something for several months, and you’d forgotten you even had it, get rid of it.
When I started clearing out our attic at home, I went through it once, got rid of a lot of stuff, and set aside things I couldn’t decide whether to keep. A few weeks later, I revisited those items and most of them went. I just needed that extra bit of time to decide.
Is it sellable?
This is the next question you should ask yourself. Books, CDs, DVDs, furniture, you name it – lots of things can be sold. Some people have successfully sold old computer equipment that is broken, as well as part-used makeup and even beauty products. Have a look on eBay to see if there are other similar items on there, and if so, what they are selling for. You’ll be surprised at the variety.
Not everything needs to be sold online, of course. Second-hand bookshops might pay you for your old books, and there are websites that offer cash for books as well. A car boot sale is a great way to spend a Sunday morning if you have one near you, too. Just make sure you don’t spend your profits buying things from other car booters!
How long does de-cluttering take?
That depends on the amount of stuff you have. But believe me, once you get started, you will start to enjoy it. It feels liberating. It becomes a challenge to find as much as you can to sell to make money. It’s believed most people might have around £3,000-worth of stuff at home that they don’t need or want. How much could you boost your bank balance by if you found everything you wanted to sell and started selling it locally or online? That should be inspiration enough to help you start decluttering your home and your life, too.