The older we get, the more stuff we collect around us. That beautiful statue of grandma, that necklace from South Africa, drawings of your children: you name it. These items all have a memory. But all those other things you don’t want to throw away, do you need them? Sometimes your house is just too small for all that stuff: that’s why our tips for saying goodbye to unnecessary stuff.
1. Get rid of things by asking yourself one simple question
If you’re cleaning up your house, you should ask yourself the same question with every item you have doubts about: Will I ever use this product again? If the answer to that question is no, then at least you are sure that you no longer need the item.
Items such as birthday cards from years ago, old magazines, or chargers that you no longer know what they are, can be removed immediately. Of course, you can keep cards with a special message. When you’ve started minimizing, it’s sometimes hard to choose between the stuff you want to keep.
If you are unsure whether something can really be removed or if you still want to keep it, you can store these items in a box. After cleaning up, but this box in the attic for a few weeks and look critically at the contents of the box during your next clean-up. Which items did you miss and which ones did you not remember? The latter group of items can therefore immediately leave.
2. Almost everything is for sale again
Remember that almost everything is for sale again. Of course, things with a meaning such as an old diary or a souvenir are not immediately for sale again, but you do not have to dispose of them.
So things like small side tables, candle holders, and photo frames that have been collecting dust in a box in the attic for years can go away. These are available for purchase for just a few euros at various home improvement stores.
The rule of thumb is: if you don’t miss it, you can leave immediately. Maybe you can make someone happy with it. If not, you can throw these things away.
3. Give your old stuff a new life
There are also items that you still like a lot, but for which you simply have no place. Think of paintings, lampshades, or old books. Giving things like this to family, friends, or other people will give the stuff a new lease of life and it won’t feel like you’ve thrown it away.
4. Don’t throw things away, but make someone happy
Another tip never just throws anything away. There are plenty of people you can make happy with your old stuff. Take it to the thrift store (some thrift stores will even pick it up from you) or throw it in a certain bin, such as the Humana clothes container.
Some items are worth nothing to you, but others are. You can sell (online) items that are still really valuable and may yield something, such as a marketplace or the local flea market.