Let's be honest, no one's house is spotless - especially if you have children. It's inevitable that each and every home will produce clutter, but the key is to ensure you are managing it and keeping your home organised. But, often clutter can get out of hand. According to research by the Royal Society of Chemistry, there is an estimated 40 million forgotten electronic devices in the UK alone! When you calculate the rest of the clutter, including unused furniture and clothing items, the number will sky-rocket!
Clearing clutter: Where to start?
So, how can you rid of clutter in your home? Well, there are several ways to reduce clutter from your home, whether it be giving items away (to friends, family or charity), selling them or recycling them. Take a leaf out of Marie Kondo’s book and read on to find out how to declutter your home in this ultimate guide to decluttering.
Just like cars, smartphone devices depreciate in value by the day. Therefore, if you've got any old phones hiding at the back of your cupboard or stored away in the loft, it's time to pull them out and sell up!
You may be wondering, what's the point in selling? My phone and charger are old? But you'll be surprised what people purchase and how much you can get for your old devices. Whether they're a old mobile collector or may want a replacement charger which may be difficult to source, there is a buyer out there for all of your old items cluttering your home.
To sell your old electronics, consider using mobile phone recycling websites, so you are guaranteed that your electronic devices will be disposed of safely and securely, without having detrimental effects on the environment.
There are millions of collectors that collect anything and are willing to pay anything they can for your old bric-a-brac. Magazines are often one of the most surprising, with people prepared to pay over the odds for well-preserved copies of high-profile magazines such as National Geographic, Cosmopolitan and Vogue. Often, the older and rarer, the better.
If your old magazines aren’t in good condition or aren’t very old, you may want to consider asking a local hairdresser if they want them for customers. Alternatively, recycle them in your paper bin, or take them to your local recycling plant.
If you're short on time, and don't have a lot of time to kill uploading your old clothing on eBay or Depop, you can recycle your items the old-fashioned way - and still make some money out of it. There are plenty of websites that will pay you for old clothes. All you have to do is request a collection pack, book a free collection and send off your bag of clothes, and receive payment within 24 hours.
Alternatively, you may want to consider giving your old clothing away to friends and family, or even charity shops. Second-hand stores are always on the look-out for clothes to sell to raise vital funds for their cause, so be sure to pop into your local high-street store and ask if they are interested. If you have time, you may want to distribute your clothing between a selection of different charity shops, to spread costs across different causes.
If you have any old furniture lying around in your loft space or garage, or you find your home is too cluttered with furniture, you may want to re-think the positioning of furniture in each room and consider whether items are really necessary. By simply removing a few pieces of furniture from an overcrowded room, it can instantly make your home feel more spacious and minimalistic.
There are various ways you can sell your personal furniture, such as through:
- Car boot sales
Car boot sales run all over the country at the weekends and are a perfect way to sell those odds pieces of furniture and accessories that you’ve got lying around your home. Everything will sell if it is cheap enough, so be prepared to drop your prices.
- Social media
You may want to think about selling via social media websites, such as Facebook marketplace. This is a great way to find people to buy your furniture that live nearby to your home, to avoid worrying about postage and packaging, or sorting a courier.
- Charity shops
If you just want the furniture out of your hands and aren’t worried about earning any money, consider giving your unwanted furniture to charity. There are specific charity shops who only take furniture for those in need or sourcing furniture for hospices – a quick Google search will find one local to you. In some instances, these shops are willing to pick up the furniture from your home, so be sure to ask this question.
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Other bits and bobs
If you’re looking to get rid of items in your home and you don’t want to just throw them in the bin, there are businesses you can use to recycle or take them off of your hands. For example:
- Aluminium cans
Did you know that you could trade in aluminium cans for cash? You can find your local cash for cans dealer here.
- Old ink cartridges
Some websites will pay you up to £1 for every cartridge send to them. Often this is freepost, so you won't have to worry about any postage costs.
- Recycling centre
Alternatively, find your local recycling centre and hand in your old items there. Before you make a trip to your local recycling plant, be sure to check what is accepted first. If you are still unsure after looking online, contact your local recycling centre for clarification.
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