When you are decluttering your home, most clutter you come across can quickly be labeled as trash, recyclable, or needing to be donated. But what do you do about the items that you know you don’t want or need, but the garbage can, recycle bin, or donation center just don’t seem right?
These items can vary along with the reason you feel attached to them. Many times these items end up remaining in your home as a result of your inability to make a decision. You may not like the items, don’t use them, or don’t even display them, but for some reason, you feel like you can’t just dump them off someplace.
These difficult to part with items need a little bit more of a plan for you to part with them, and that’s okay! Sometimes, all it takes is a little research into your local community and you can find a place that makes it easier to part with your clutter. Giving your item(s) a purpose and a specific place to go can make you feel better and make the process of letting go easier.
- Find a new mom who would benefit from the toys and clothes that your children have outgrown.
- Identify a family who lost everything due to a fire or other unforeseen circumstance and give them the extra furniture that is stored in your attic.
- Give your China set to a family member or friend who is moving into their first place.
- Donate your gently used clothes that no longer fit you to an organization like Dress for Success.
- Locate a library, school, or retirement home to take the books that are filling up your bookshelves.
Taking the extra time to locate a meaningful place to send your unwanted family heirlooms, your baby’s first toys, or the clothes that you spent a large sum of money on can allow you to feel rewarded instead of apprehensive. Once you see how the things that are just taking up space in your home can make a world of difference to someone in need, the whole process feels easier.