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What To Do With All Of That Clutter!

Thanks to the new Marie Kondo show on Netflix, decluttering has become cool. It’s trendy to spend time working from room to room, clearing through all of your stuff and getting rid of anything that you don’t need or want. Whether you go the whole hog and get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy, or you hold on to a little more, decluttering has benefits outside of giving you something to share on social media and an excuse to binge watch one of the trending shows of the year so far. 

Decluttering your home can reduce the risks of mould, dust and dirt taking hold, as well as removing tripping hazards. It can make your home tidier and calmer, helping you to relax and get a good night's sleep. Even the act of decluttering itself can soothe your soul. 

But, then what? You clear clutter, you are surrounded by piles marked “to keep” and “not to keep?” But you don’t want to throw it all away. What should you do with all of your clutter, once the decluttering is complete?

Bin it
Some of your clutter won’t be good for anything other than the dustbin. Old receipts and files might need shredding to protect your security, but anything else that will serve no further purpose can be thrown away. Just remember to sort it into paper, plastic and other recyclables to be recycled correctly! 

If you’ve got any old clothes that are stained or falling apart and can’t be given away, these can be recycled too at a clothing bank. 

Store it
There’s bound to be a third pile of things that you aren’t quite sure about yet. You don’t think that you still want them, but you’re not confident enough to give them away. When this happens, simple storage solutions can give you options. Hire a storage room to keep furniture and anything else that you haven’t quite decided on. Give yourself a chance to live without it before you commit to getting rid forever.

Donate it
There are millions and billions of people all over the world that don’t have enough. They don’t have enough clothes or shoes, they don’t have the money to buy food, or they can’t afford to buy their children Christmas presents. To these people, your old clutter could mean the world. 

Charity shops are the perfect place to start when it comes to donating. But, be aware that not all shops accept everything, and some have special drop off points. Check online before making the trip. 

Sell it
Have you ever heard the saying “one man's junk is another man's treasure”? Well, this is undoubtedly true. Just because you don’t want something anymore, doesn’t mean that no one else well. Furniture, clothes, jewellery and electricals that are still in good condition could be sold for a profit. You might even be able to sell things that don’t work for parts. 

Check out online sales sites and apps, and try selling on social media. You never know, you could be sitting on a gold mine!

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