Now that the holidays are behind you and you’re trying to find space to put away all those gifts, you might be realizing that it’s time to de-clutter your home. Christmas and birthday gifts have a habit of accumulating in your storage spaces. It was great to get them at the time, but the truth is, you don’t really use them that much.
It’s okay to get rid of things you don’t use anymore, even if they were Christmas gifts. De-cluttering your home can have positive psychological impacts, such as creating a sense of confidence and competency, reducing anxiety, and reducing family tension.
Whether it’s the basement, the garage, the shed, or your whole house, space is limited. If you’re not sure where to get started, follow these simple steps to de-cluttering:
Step 1: Sort Your Stuff
You can start by creating three piles: Keep, Trash, and Maybe. Think about how long it’s been since you’ve used the item you’re sorting. Has it been a month? A year? If you can’t remember the last time you used it, get rid of it.
Step 2: Repeat Process with the Maybe Pile
You got off easy in step 1. It’s all about a quick cull of all the things you definitively know you want to get rid of. Now it’s time to make some of the harder choices that have had you putting off clearing out your stuff for months. Be ruthless and keep imagining what you can do with all the new space you’ve found in your home.
Step 3: Recycle & Donate
Some of your junk can easily be recycled or donated to a charity. Some charities will pick up donations, but it can take time for them to arrive and they may not be interested in taking everything you have. When it comes to recycling, not everything will get picked up from the curb. Municipalities only accept recycling materials that they can process and sell. Check with the city to find out what can and can’t be recycled.
It may be easier to find a junk removal company near you that will recycle and donate for you. They can separate the junk from recyclable and donatable items, so you don’t have to worry about whether it will get picked up. Junk removal companies like Capital Junk handle recycling and donating for you. They don’t sell anything and don’t profit from donated items. Visit CapitalJunk.ca to see if they remove junk in your area and ask about their donation process.
Step 4: Sell Your Stuff Online
If during your purge you found some items that you think might fetch a decent price on eBay or Craigslist, list it online. You can have buyers pick it up so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of delivery – though if you’re worried about giving your address to strangers, you can deliver it yourself. Put a time limit on how long you’re willing to list it. After a certain point, it’s time to put it in the junk pile.
Step 5: Hire a Junk Removal Company
Get a quote from a junk removal company by describing how much and what kind of stuff you have. Local junk removal companies like Capital Junk haul away unwanted items and clean up when they leave. Before you bring junk removal companies into your home, make sure they’re managed and staffed professionally.
It’s a New Year and it’s time to take back space in your home. De-clutter today.