Keep, store or throw away? A practical guide to decluttering

It’s regularly said that a clear space means a clear mind, and it’s difficult to disagree. Decluttering is sometimes all it takes to give you that ‘fresh start’ feeling that so often leads to happiness, relaxation and productivity. It’s a proverbial weight off your shoulders.

The process itself, however, is daunting to say the least. What should you keep? When is it ok to throw something away? Is storage the answer?

You can find the answers to all of these questions and a few more in our flow chart below.

a practical guide to decluttering flow diagram

 

Donate

If you have no use for something, why not give it to someone who does? Charity shops are massively useful – they’ll take anything from clothes and shoes to electronics, books and music, and then find it a new home. What’s more, you get to choose a cause that’s close to you.

Sell

If something’s valuable but you’ve no place or purpose for it, take the opportunity to make some extra cash. There are plenty of shops and websites committed to buying music and games, as well as general second-hand stores. Failing those, there is eBay!

Trash

Don’t be afraid to throw things away if they’re no good to you or anyone else – the sense of relief that comes with letting go can be amazing. Just be sure to do it responsibly: always recycle if possible.

Store

Self-storage is a great middle ground. It allows you to get rid of stuff without actually getting rid. You’ll still have round-the-clock access, and your possessions will be safe and secure, but you don’t lose the valuable living space in your home. It’s a win-win situation!