How To Reduce Clutter Without Adding To The Trash

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Living Room

Do you ever get the feeling your walls are closing in on you? That can be a quite disturbing feeling, especially in your own house. If you are wondering why you feel that way, you might want to take a careful look around the place. It’s quite possible you have accumulated so much “stuff” that you are running out of room to relax and have peace of mind.

Clutter accumulates for a lot of reasons. Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of someone not getting around to addressing the situation. Other times, it’s a matter of someone not having the willingness to let go of things. Are you a hoarder?

If you have taken note of your increasing issues with clutter, it might be time to do something about it. Of course, you’ll want to be responsible for the environment in the process. That means looking for creative ways to get rid of stuff without simply dumping it in the trash.

Give to the Needy

Have you ever heard the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? The stuff you have lying around that you don’t really need anymore might seem like trash to you. For people who don’t have the things they need, that very same stuff might be something they can use and will treasure. Give it to them.

The Virtual Marketplace

Through virtual marketplaces like Facebook, Craigslist, and eBay, merchants have the ability to sell merchandise without paying to lease or build a store. As an individual, you have the exact same access to sell off the stuff you don’t want or need anymore. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making a little extra money while you do your home the service of cleaning it up a bit.

Re-purposing

In recent years, there has been a big push to teach people how to re-purpose the things they might not otherwise know how to use. If you are willing to get a little creative, the collective stuff you have lying around the house might have a greater purpose in your life as something other than it was intended to be.

The Traditional Garage Sale

The world has changed so much that the old traditions seem to be fading away. With that said, there are still trains of people who love to go to garage sales. They are always in pursuit of that diamond in the rough. You might not make much money with a garage sale, but you’ll be able to rid yourself of a lot of useless stuff.

Change Your Buying Habits

If you have a lot of clutter, it is possible for your compulsion to buy things you don’t need is affecting your life. Before you go out and start buying more stuff, you might want to think seriously about how much you really need that which you are about to purchase. Bad purchasing decisions today will become your clutter of tomorrow.

By the time you get rid of the things you don’t need and remove the clutter around your house, you’ll likely find yourself breathing a little easier. Nothing on this list is going to take a great amount of effort and when everything is said and done, you’ll feel pretty good about the way you fixed a problem and spared the environment.