What to Do with Everything You Just Decluttered (So It Never Piles Up Again)
Now is the time to part ways with items that have filled your “donate” and “sell” outboxes. These items are still in good condition, but they no longer fit or work for you. As hard as it is to let go of something that’s still good, think about it this way: This item will have a chance to improve someone else’s life.
It’s true what they say about someone’s trash being another person’s treasure. Can you imagine the joy you could bring to another person? To them, it could be the new shirt they love, the perfect interview outfit, or the final piece of their home decor puzzle. Whatever the case, donating or selling your decluttered items allows them to potentially become positives for someone else instead of remaining negative for you.
Day 13: Sell or donate the things you decluttered
Well, today’s the day that we’re going to kick off a key part of your decluttering journey — getting things out of your home. Grab your “sell” and “donate” outboxes. It’s time to get to work!
For the things you want to donate/giveaway:
Your donation pile is most likely a mix of clothing, home goods, and random trinkets. Some places may take it all while others will take only certain pieces. Here are different ways you can donate your items:
- Join your local Buy Nothing Group. Or, try Nextdoor, Freecycle, and Facebook Marketplace. Just be sure to set boundaries (where you’re comfortable meeting and how long items will be available) and to take down your listings after they are given away.
- Drop off your items to a local charity or non-profit organization, like Goodwill, The Salvation Army, or Big Brothers Big Sisters. Here are 10 charities that you can donate to.
- Send clothes to companies that recycle them, such as For Days, which has a Take Back Bag program.
For the things you want to sell:
For the items that you want to sell, there are a few things you can do. But, for whatever cannot be sold — for whatever reason — consider donating instead.
- Post individual items on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, or your local community buy-and-sell group. Be sure to take the listing down after it’s sold.
- Head to a local consignment or thrift store. (Plato’s Closet and Buffalo Exchange are a couple of options.)
- Sell your clothes online. ThredUp’s Clean Out Kit, lets you mail them a bag of clothing and accessories to sell. (Anything that doesn’t sell can be returned for a small fee back to you or recycled by them.) Poshmark is a great platform as well, in which you take photos and list items yourself.
Have a great tip on where to donate or sell unwanted items? Tell us about it in the comments!
More ways to participate in the Decluttering Cure:
- Sign up for email updates or SMS alerts
- Visit the 2022 Decluttering Cure page and catch up on assignments
- Join the Apartment Therapy Cure Facebook group
- Follow us on Instagram as we introduce our special guest cure-ators
- Download the Decluttering Cure calendar
- Check off that you’ve completed this task and track your overall Decluttering Cure progress here!
The Cure Program is a tradition here at Apartment Therapy — it happens every January, April, and September. Click here to learn more about the year-round program and when to sign up.