Here are the (4) Steps that I use to declutter my basement, we are in the process of putting our home on the market. We have lived in the home for 30 years this past December. We have had more good memories than bad in this house, it has been our sanctuary during tough financial times, illnesses, deaths. It has been a great home for us and those you have entered its door – it will make a great home for a new family, I hope they have good memories just as we have had living here.
The 4 Steps that I use to get me started on any decluttering project – no matter how big or small the area of stuff, it’s the same process:
- What’s Trash? – The first box will be your designated trash dump. Any items you want to get rid of that aren’t worth donating or selling go here. Pro tip: to save yourself a step, go ahead and use Glad ForceFlex Plus Garbage Bags instead of a box so you can take your trash straight to the curb after cleaning up. And don’t forget to recycle items whenever possible!
- What to Giveaway or Sell? Second, designate a box for items that are still in OK condition, but that your household could do without — like old books or toys, for example. Whether you want to give these things away to family/friends, donate them to charity, or sell them in a yard sale to make a little extra money is totally up to you. Stay tuned these coming weeks I will have an article about selling your items online.
- What will go in Storage? The third box is for things that you can’t or doesn’t want to get rid of, but that you aren’t in need of on a day-to-day basis (think things like seasonal decorations). It’s also a good idea to make an inventory of items that you’re putting in storage as you go — that way, you won’t be left wondering what exactly is taking up space in your garage or attic down the line.
- What is going to be put away? Lastly, have a box ready to place any items that need to be kept in your house, but relocated to their proper place. If you want to get really organized, you can have a few smaller boxes — one each for places like your bathroom, kitchen, or bedrooms — and sort misplaced items into their “homes” to save yourself the hassle later.
Peace Harmony & Happy decluttering!