Does the thought of spring cleaning and organizing your home send you into a cold, anxious sweat? Decluttering can be overwhelming — there’s the bedrooms, kitchen, living room, basement, and let’s not even talk about the state of the garage. Stuff just has a tendency to build up.
But getting your space free of unnecessary belongings doesn’t have to feel like a jail sentence. Not when you’re prepared, anyway. We’ve compiled a list of simple-dimple ways to de-junk your home this spring and make it feel like somewhere you want to live again.
Consider a pick-up service like Furniture Bank
This nation-wide not-for-profit really leaves you with no excuse to keep those old chairs around. Furniture Bank will not only come to your home and remove gently-used, unwanted furniture, but they ensure it goes to those in need, like newcomers to Canada, women escaping domestic violence and people who are transitioning from homelessness. Feel good about cleaning up.
This junk removal service claims to have diverted over 1.5 billion pounds of junk from the landfill by recycling or donating items. That’s a lot of refrigerators and box springs. Basically, you call them and they come to your place, you point at what you want taken away and they give you an up-front, all-inclusive price. They get the money and the junk, you get your space back.
Throw a garage sale
Use the clutter that pervades your home as an opportunity to teach your children about the art of the deal by hosting a garage sale. Many neighbourhoods, communities or streets have organized sale dates when a bunch of houses bring their old wares out to sell, so check your community events listings to get in on that. Because you never know, those old skis you’ve had in the back shed for decades may be just the perfect statement piece in some hipster’s loft.
Sell little things in lots on Ebay
What began as a collection in a shoebox quickly turned into an obsession that grew to fit a dresser drawer which spilled out and now fills half of the guest room. It may be time to part with all those (insert whatever item you’ve been hoarded here). Luckily for you, there’s probably somebody else on the other side of the world who shares your crazy passion for whatever it is — that’s the beauty of Ebay’s massive international reach. Try organizing your unwanted goods into lots and listing them on Ebay with some nice pictures; you could end up getting rid of a bunch of stuff all at once and making a bit of extra scratch in the meantime.
And big things on Craigslist
For larger items like furniture, sports equipment, or appliances, Craigslist might be the answer. Snap a few photos of the item on your smartphone and put it up in the appropriate category. The better your photos, the more likely you are to get inquiries. Also consider listing the item price as OBO (or best offer) and be sure to mark it as “pick-up only” if you don’t want to be the one to lug it to its new home.
Or post it for “free”
The classified ads website even has a specific section for free stuff if you’re not looking to get paid. Anything of actual value that gets posted here usually gets scooped up, but the same tip for quality photos still applies.
There’s also Bunz
Bunz is the modern day trading post. Their motto “Trade your stuff on Bunz” pretty much says it all. It allows you to trade anything you’ve got and no longer want — from tickets to a musical to a set of bar stools — with other users in the same situation. Goodbye patio furniture set. Hello ping pong table!