Sometimes we are blind to the amount of things we just gather over time. We get used to it allowing it to build up until it is out of control. Some people will just not know how or even why you should let it go though, which is my aim in this post.
Why you should let it go?
Many people sometimes just cannot see the amount of ‘things' they will gather. When my wife and I moved home in October 2016, we were amazed at just how much we filled our new and bigger home. We understood that we were getting a bit messy and cluttered, which caused stress, anxiety and wasted our time, which in turn caused more messiness and clutter. It only truly dawned on us the sheer extent of the issue after we moved into our new house.
We are not alone in that the amount of items we have end up becoming cluttered, which in turn leads to mess and then stress.
It has been shown that clutter and mess mentally cause the following issues:
- loss of focus by diverting our attention (mess is distracting)
- overloading our senses, and thus our brains with unneeded stimuli
- inability to relax mentally and even physically
- making the brain think things are never finished
- anxiousness due to thinking about of how long it would take to declutter or tidy (this one can really paralyze me from doing anything)
- guilt and embarrassment (we all want that perfect home)
- inhibit creativity and productivity
That of course is just the mental part of it there are also things like:
- loss of time, mainly to trying to find specific items
- not enjoying or loving your home
- mess will attract mess
What can I do to let it go?
There are multiple ways in which you can declutter and that help you with decluttering. Some will work for you better than others, an amazing book to read which can help you is The More of Less: finding the life you want under everything you own. There are also plenty of YouTube videos that can also inspire, help and keep you motivated.
Myself and Emma in January started by doing the minsgame (you can easily find examples of people doing it on Instagram), where you get rid of a certain number of items a day for a month. Each day the amount to get rid of is the same as which day of the challenge or month that it is. For example day 1 is 1 item, day 2 is 2 items and so forth. Ultimately you will end up with almost 500 items gone by the end of the month! Also we chose to tackle each room individually rather than try to tackle everything at once. After all if you try to grasp everything you will grasp nothing.
Emma recorded several of the rooms that we tackled during the declutter. We have recently chosen to take up the minsgame again since we are starting to feel cluttered again, maybe due to the items we are bringing in for reselling?
One of the things that I ended up looking at was my vast DVD and computer game collection. In April 2016 I easily had over 300 DVDs and 150 games that were just sat in our cupboard and were rarely watched or played. I easily made the choice in which to sell my old consoles and some games on eBay as well as a few other places. Some of them making a nice amount since they were collectible like Stubbs the Zombie Rebel Without a Pulse. I really let it go with my collection and had gotten rid of over half my collection with a tidy amount of profit as well.
Where can I let it go?
There are an incredible amount of ways in which you can get rid of any of the items you wish to get rid of, it will merely depend on if you will just want rid of it or want to earn from it? Personally I prefer to try to earn from it, though there are times I know it is best to just let it go for free.
Let it go: Quick earners
DVDs, books, games and CDs can be individually small but often will take up some of the most room in a room or sometimes a house. Any that you have identified you wish to get rid of can be sold to sites like:
These will allow you to get rid of and earn money for your unwanted items in the quickest time.
I would recommend using either a single or couple of the sites to more easily reach the payment threshold but if you have enough items then you can easily use each to get the best price for each item. Myself and Emma have done this several times, during clear outs and for our reselling business. Put a film on, mark out spots for the site piles and then just sit there scanning each item using our phones. It is surprisingly fun.
You can if you want take them to high street retailers, such as CEX, but I often find that the above sites usually provide better value and you will not be tempted to get credit to buy new items with or to look around and end up with new items.
Let it go: Slow earners
You will of course have many other items which of course can't be sold quickly. In which case if you want to sell these items you will need to use different methods to sell them.
- Car boot sales
- Facebook groups/marketplace
There are some issues with the slower earners in that it is sometimes a lot slower to get rid of items this way. The items will still be taking up room somewhere in your house and for an unknown amount of time. Though Amazon is the slight exception to this rule in that they can take the items and store them, but you will still not know how long it will be until the items sell.
You will also need to think of any extra costs such as fees, postage and travel. Yet these are not so much a worry as you will still be better off with the money gained in your pocket than having it still sat in your home.
Let it go: I Just want to let it go!
You will of course find many items that you either do not think will sell, take to long to sell or just want to let go of as soon as possible. In which case there are several options available to you for this.
- Facebook groups
- Donating to charity
Remember that one person's trash is another person's treasure and when you are stating that it is free then even more will be willing to take it off your hands if you use a site like Gumtree or even just put them up in Facebook groups. Myself and Emma during our declutter ended up donating a lot to local charities and organisations, such as foodbanks, a youth hostel and charity stores.
If you want to focus on local charities then it is easy to find any of these via google or local Facebook groups.