How-to: Get Rid of All The “Stuff”

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Last week after I uploaded the post about getting rid of all the clutter in one's life I received a short but sweet email (sent via our editor) that  said simply: I was glad to have read the Later Bloomer's Latest post but she makes sound so easy. I don't even know how I'd go about getting rid of the clutter in my house. And I realised that I would have to do a HOW post, one that expanded on the ideas mentioned in part one.

We'll skip all the steps outlined in my previous post and start at the part where you've realised that the clutter is a problem or that you have quite a bit of stuff you do not need and have committed to get rid of it.

1. Donate

Pack the clothes, the canned and dry food, the magazines and arrange with the manager of your local community centre, after-school care programme leader, organiser of the local soup kitchen or a pastor at your local church. If the items you want to get rid of have a special market: evening dresses, work suits, baby clothes then get in touch with organisations who have programmes that cater to people who need those items. Always make sure that the items are in usable quality

2. Tell all your friends

You don't have to give away the clutter you cut from your life if someone is willing to pay for it then give them a chance at it. Phone a friend who's always wanted a dress/shoes of decor item you've decided to get rid of and ask what they'd be willing to offer for it and arrange the sale.

3. Yard/Online Sale

One of the girls I used to mentor recently sent me a link to her "shop my closet" online store. It's like an ongoing yard sale for which nobody needs to leave home. She made her liking for pretty things a business of sorts. She buys and sell what she cannot keep or sell what she no longer uses.

4. Second Hand Store

A lot of second-hand stores have signs that say"we buy and sell" so go into one (search the internet for one in your town) and ask what they would pay for what you've decided to cut out of your life.

Whichever route you decide to take after deciding to declutter your life I can never advocate throwing things that people need, out of which they can still get a lot of mileage.

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