Cover your ears if you feel life is flying by and you can’t catch up! It’s starting to get cold and we all know what that means…Christmas is on its way! It’s always fun to invite family and friends into our homes this time of year. The less “stuff” we have, the easier it is to tidy up for entertaining and the more room there will be for new toys for the kids (and us). And, the more we let go of the more we have to bless others! This is the perfect time to thumb through drawers and closets in search of things to purge.
If you need to know how to organize your home, I shared my favorite declutter tips and a couple free printables. Here are some suggestions on what to do with the “stuff” you’ve decided to clear away and friends and family don’t want either!
What to Do With Your Clutter…
Clothing. Sell clothing in good condition either online, at a consignment store or in a garage sale. If it doesn’t sell or the weather won’t cooperate, donate your gently used clothing to a shelter or charity as a tax write off.
Hangers. Dry cleaners and charity stores gladly accept like new hangers.
Linens. Towels and Blankets. Items in good condition would be loved at shelters for homeless people or a home for battered women. Overly used items can be dropped off at a humane society.
Magazines. You know I love making room for magazines around the house, but if you no longer need it, pass it on to a friend. Hospitals, Doctors’ Offices, and Nursing Homes would also be happy recipients.
Books. I’ve shown you how to store books, but sometimes it’s time to part ways with a few. Make a few bucks by selling them to a resale store or on an online store. Those that aren’t bought back can be donated to charities, schools, and shelters.
Computers and Printers. If your computer or printer are not very old, try selling on Craigslist of listing in a local newspaper. There’s a site called GreenShareTechnology that accepts donations of workable computers and puts them to good use. Some local churches or shelters could also find a good use for these. If it’s not working, you will need to call your county waste disposal department for requirements. There may be a small fee.
When getting rid of my old computer, monitor, keyboard, and mouse, I prefer holding onto the hard drive rather than using software that clears the drive. In the picture above, you can see the inside of a PC hard drive. This was exposed by removing a couple screws on the exterior frame. Inside there is a breathable box with cords plugged (arrow is pointing). Remove the plugs and unscrew the two screws on either side of the arrow. The hard drive should be loose and not too large to store in the attic or in a box in the office.
Televisions, Phones, Camcorders, etc. If it still works, try to sell it. If it doesn’t sell, place a ‘Free’ sign on the items and leave it at my curb. Devices that don’t disappear can be donated to programs such as DonateAPhone – a coalition against domestic violence. Same as above, if it’s not working, you will need to call your county waste disposal department for disposal requirements. There may be a small fee.
Music Players, Music, and Games. Try selling at a used book store, garage sale, or online. Donate the items that don’t sell to a local school or charity store.
Musical Instruments. Sell instruments online, at a garage sale, or to a local resell store or donate to a school’s music program.
Sports Equipment. Sell equipment in perfect condition online or at a consignment store like Play It Again Sports. Or donate to youth sport programs or schools.
Appliances. If it’s still working, try selling at a garage sale or online at Craigslist. If it doesn’t sell, call your county waste disposal department for disposal requirements. There may be a small fee.