Americans have a clutter problem. Some research indicates that more than half of all Americans feel stress regarding the amount of clutter in their homes. Indeed, the average American home has more than 300,000 items taking up space.
Not only is this a source of stress, it’s also frequently a waste of money. The more stuff you accumulate, the more space you’ll need to store it. This means that you’re more likely to buy more house than you can afford or spend money on a storage unit. Clutter definitely comes with a cost, and much of that cost can be monetary. This is a big reason you might want to free your home of useless clutter.
The best way to have a clutter free home is never starting the accumulation process. If you’re young and just getting started, you’d be better off accumulating shares in great companies or ETFs or building a portfolio of real estate. These assets will provide you with income over the long run rather than costing you money. Additionally, you don’t want to buy the biggest house you can afford. This will cause you to feel the need to fill any extra rooms you might have.
If you’re like the average American, you likely have hundreds of thousands of items laying around your home. If you have children, the number might be even higher. One important step that you’ll want to take before decluttering is taking an inventory of your home. This can be useful for insurance purposes, but it can also help you decide specific items you might want to part with. This will help you with organizing home items you might not need.
Hold A Garage Sale
Once you’ve decided what you no longer need, you might be able to get rid of some of the items while making money at the same time. It’s frequently said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. There is likely a market for some of the items that you’re ready to part with. Why not sell them to people in your community. This will take some time, but it could provide you with some funds that could go toward reducing your debt or increasing your investments, both of which could lead to some decluttering of your mind.
Use Online Marketplaces
If you’re looking to make money, there are several websites that could help you sell any unneeded items. Among the more popular are eBay and Amazon. However, Facebook also has an online marketplace that allows users to post their items for free. Each of these options can help you get a few bucks while you declutter.
Give It Away
If you have old clothes that are still in good shape, giving them to a nonprofit might help them find a new home. Needy people can benefit from your donations. Clothes are not the only items you can donate. You can also donate books, toys and household items. You won’t make money out of this directly, but if you get a receipt from the charity, you might be able to qualify for a tax deduction.
Throw It Out
If your clutter is broken or stained, it’s not likely that anyone will want it. Some of your household items will no doubt fall into this category. This stuff can go into the trash. If your stash is too big to fit into a few garbage bags, a trip to the dump might be in order. Common items that you might want to toss could include:
- Broken toys
- Old craft supplies
- Receipts and other paperwork
This is not a comprehensive list, but it includes a few items that you might toss in order to declutter your home.
Hire A Cleaner
After you’ve decided to get rid of your clutter and have an organized home, you might not want to go through the process of cleaning your home deeply. Helping Hands Cleaning Services is ready to help you. Whether you’re looking to declutter or you’re ready to move into a new home, a deep cleaning can both clean and sanitize your home so that it’s conducive to high levels of health and comfort. We can clean your home once or set up a recurring service so be sure to contact us today.