How many times do you pass items or a pile in your home and say, "I need to deal with that"? We all have an area or more in our home that becomes our catchall area. And, since we do not have time to spend a little time on it, it grows and grows until it gets so big that just looking at it seems overwhelming. This post was created to give you direction on what to get rid of now. Work your way through these unique items and remove the clutter. Getting rid of the things you don't use or do not care for will allow to someone else who can value and use it.
24 Unique Items to Get Rid of NOW
Have you gotten so used to the stuff piling up around your home that you don't even recognize it anymore? Well, if you need a walk up call. Visit this awaken to the clutter posts first before you tackle anything on this list.
- Old sheets that are worn or not used. These sheets can be repurposed as drop clothes when painting.
- Ripped or faded towels. How many towels do you use right now that are a little shabby? I bet you have at least 2. Don't forget to get rid of the hand towels and wash clothes too.
- Unused wedding gifts. I worked with clients that had A LOT of unused wedding gifts. These are great to sell to consignments since they are usually in their original boxes.
- Unused holiday decorations. We change our decorations all the time so going through the boxes at the end of the season is a great time to get rid of unused or broken things.
- Table clothes that are worn or never used. Plastic or cloth they get worn over time so when replacing them, get rid of the older ones.
- Tools that don't work. Have a unique instrument that you don't use any longer? Donate it to household resale places like Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
- Used small appliances - These are like the wedding gifts. They are given as gifts and never used. Donate them right away.
- Worn or unused plastic water bottles - they could be too heavy, or they don't fit in the cup holders. Get rid of any bottles that have scratches inside the bottle.
- Unused Instruments - I recently got rid of small instruments I received as a gift. They were never used and were just taking up space. Pitched. Ah, more room now.
- Bins you haven't used for the last organizing project you did. I do this all the time. So, once a year, I go through and either repurpose or donate them. I even gave them to first-year college students for their dorm room.
- Leftover craft pieces from your kids' last art project. I had a bin of just these pieces, and when I was reorganizing, I realized I was keeping too many. The container is gone, and so was the stuff inside.
- Bridesmaid dresses or prom dresses - any formalwear that looks dated. I only have my wedding dress left. Everything else was donated. Yay!
- Items with missing parts: earrings, socks, shoes, games - If they are gold pieces of jewelry, go to cash for gold place. Even if you only get a little bit for them, you can at least use it for something you want and can use.
- Items that smell that need to be replaced: sneakers, work boots - I like to replace then recycle or trash. Please don't donate old shoes.
- Unused comforters or blankets - When clearing out my mom's home, I found every blanket she ever had. Even the ones that I knew growing up. They were still in shape, and we easily, and joyfully donated them to a charity.
- Plastic trophies or participation badges or plaques - Take pictures of them and then pitch them.
- Broken vacuum cleaners or floor cleaners. I just got rid of an old floor cleaner I forgot about. Now, there is so much more room in my closet. Woohoo.
- Old chairs that are not used, too large for space, or broken. I recently got rid of two bistro chairs that were so far gone I couldn't repair them. Now I have so much more room.
- Formal Dinnerware that was inherited but not used. How often have you used your formal dishes? Never, donate to someone who will honor it.
- Plastic leftover containers that are worn or broken. Don't forget the lids. Get rid of the matching lid.
- Files older than 10 years. You don't need to save them. Just pull out the tax return and shred the rest. If you are a small business owner, be sure to keep the backup paperwork just in case. And, don't forget to shred the sensitive items.
- Old magazines. These could be industry mags or just mags for inspiration. All can go. After a few months, most of them are accessible online especially if you have a current subscription.
- Makeup, hair products, nail polish, bathroom toiletries that are not used. Check everyone in the cabinet, under the sink, and in the vanity mirror. There are many items that we keep and never use and the bathroom is a great place to find them.
- Old vases and figurines that you don't love. I love to collect vases but they take up so much room that I just didn't have the room for them. Most of them were from the florist so I recycled them. They weren't worth selling or donating.
Now that you have weeded through your piles, where should you get rid of them?
I'm so glad you asked. =) There are many ways to get rid of the unwanted clutter. Though you need to remember the quicker you get rid of it after you stored it, the better it will be for you, your family and your home. Below is a list of options. Feel free to choose the one that works best and is the easiest for your situation.
7 Ways to Get Rid of Unused Stuff
1st Option: Recycle the item. Visit our Recycling locations and shredder event page where you can find local and national recycling centers and shredder events.
2nd Option: Sell at a yard sale. Make your yard sale unique to what you are selling. Get other people involved in your neighborhood to make it an event. Then be sure to advertising on social media, in the local paper, Craig's List, and through any community neighborhood groups like NextDoor. Here are more tips to help you. How to Have a Successful Garage Sale – Tips for Pricing Items
3rd Option: Donate to your favorite animal shelter. Visit your local animal shelter or call them to find out what they are looking for at their particular location. Sometimes the website also has a donation location. Here's the Pennsylvania SPCA donation list.
4th Option: Sell at a community day yard sale. Check your local papers at the end of the summer to see what community events are happening.
5th Option: Consign the item at a nearby resale store. Contact locations near you and determine what they need the most. Visit this post for more tips to help you. How to Make Money Selling on Consignment – Tips, Pros & Cons
6th Option: Repurpose the item to reincorporate it into your life. Visit our DIY projects section where I repurpose many items to give you inspiration.
7th Option: Donate the item to your favorite cause or charitable location. Visit our Charitable Locations page to help get some ideas of locations nationally and locally.
Well, there you have it. I hope this helps you sort through your stuff and get rid of them quickly. Now it's your turn. Please leave a message below about your frustrations when clearing the clutter. Feel free to ask questions and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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