One of THE biggest downfalls in decluttering is NOT planning what you’ll do with the items you’re letting go of. I seen impressive piles created of stuff to go, but without an action plan to ACTUALLY get them out of the house, I’ve seen those items shoved back into cupboards/under beds etc etc. AAARRRGGGHHH!!!! NOOOOOO! All that great decluttering effort for naught! So, to really achieve, you need to think about where those items need to go!
Obviously, there’ll be the trash pile (obviously for rubbish) and probably a donate pile (for non-sentimental or non-valuable items). But then there are the items with sentimental value or actual monetary value that we can’t quite make ourselves let go of.
For valuable but non-sentimental items, you can either ebay them or sell via a facebook group and get some money back. Or if you don’ have time, there are some services out there that will do the work for you for a fee of a percentage of the profits. Just look them up and make it happen.
The sentimental items are a bit more tricky. There are a few different techniques. You can give them to a family member who will also value and appreciate them for the sentimentality. Or if you have a friend that would appreciate it, then that can work too. A lovely client of mine found a charity that dressed women for interviews and she gave them all her no-longer needed designer work suits. Another client donated her items to the local museum which kept her collection together and on display – that made her feel ok about letting those items go.
Sometimes, it just takes a little thinking time to work out what you’d like to do with some of your items, but don’t let it become an excuse to stop decluttering. Remember how free you feel once you’ve done some decluttering – think about that if you’re needing a little inspiration.