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Over the years many of us seem to accumulate stuff! I don’t know how it creeps in, but as we go through our house in preparation of an eventual move I wonder how did we get so much stuff, and the question is how to get rid of it!how to get rid of stuff

 

If you live in a populated area you can often have good luck with Craig’s List or perhaps a local Facebook page or even a local flyer. Here in Vermont Craig’s list covers the whole state, and as a result I have never had good luck getting rid of stuff that way.

 

We also have a local flyer called It’s Classified. If the item you’re selling is under $100 you can list for free. They also have an online presence.

 

eBay is another option but it does take some time to price your items and figure out how you’re going to ship them. I have a small pile near my computer of items I am selling on eBay. It may take some time, but I have had good luck getting rid of stuff on eBay.

 

If you’re not trying to make money, Freecycle is another way to get rid of stuff. I have had wonderful results with Freecycle. I have gotten rid of everything from unwanted perennials in the garden to old bicycles!

 

As I go through all the stuff in our home there are several ways to look at it. First decide which things are “must-keep” items. Perhaps these are items you use all the time or you just consider the item too important to throw away. I’ve been asking myself when did I last use this item, if I only use it every few years is it really worth holding on to?how to get rid of stuff

 

Make an area where you can move the items you want to get rid of. We have a spot in our garage. I have a box of books to go to the library for their ongoing book sale. I have a box of things to donate and another area for things I think I can sell.how to get rid of stuff

 

We tried holding a yard sale last year. It was a lot of work, we advertised, held the sale with another family to ensure there was plenty of stuff and at the end of the day we had only made a few hundred dollars! When you live almost three miles off the main road it is just not practical to hold a yard sale.how to get rid of stuff

 

My favorite way to get rid of stuff is to donate. Our local Christian school holds a big yard sale each Memorial Day weekend. I love filling up our car with miscellaneous items that still have good use but that we no longer need. All the money raised at the sale goes directly to the school. It’s a win-win situation. We also have a local church that holds a big sale during the summer. I have also donated to them in the past. Perhaps you know someone personally that you could bless with some of your belongings. Maybe you know a young couple that is just getting started and could really use a bookshelf or some canning jars. You may wonder how to get rid of stuff, but there are so many ways!how to get rid of stuff

 

Throwing things away is hard, but I have learned that if you just tackle a small area at a time it gets easier. Do you have any secrets for getting rid of stuff? Please share how to get rid of stuff in the comments!

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12 comments on “How To Get Rid of Stuff

Gentle Joy Homemaker on June 5, 2017 1:55 pm

We are getting ready to have a garage sale… it is a LOT of work and we do well… but I am not looking forward to the ton of work this year. sigh. I do enjoy the trimming down what we have though…. and freeing up some money. 🙂

Nancy Wolff on June 5, 2017 3:17 pm

Gentle Joy,
Good luck with your garage sale! I know how much work it is!! 🙂

Cheryl on June 5, 2017 8:33 pm

After selling our home and getting rid of about 90% of our belongings, I can say that it feels GREAT to be this free and unencumbered by stuff!!! We have used eBay for smaller things that didn’t require much shipping, and we are selling some heavier things at a consignment shop that takes 50%. Anything that doesn’t sell gets donated, which is wonderful. Just to pass along some ideas for donating…we have donated to the following…a church yard sale, Goodwill, Salvation Army, thrift store, a homeless ministry, through our homeschool support group, family members, a charity that helps children get the medical care they need, the family who bought our home, a Christian school, through our blog, and by mailing things to friends and family members. Letting things go for Jesus’ name’s sake brings such a deep sense of peace!

Nancy Wolff on June 5, 2017 9:56 pm

Cheryl,
Congratulations on getting rid of 90% of your stuff, that’s amazing. Loved all the ways you managed to pass things along too! Totally agree with your last sentence, “Letting things go for Jesus’ name’s sake brings a deep sense of peace!”

Linda on June 7, 2017 5:15 pm

I have that same stuff in closets or the garage. Amazing! Thank you for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? Hope to see you back next week!

Wishes for tasty dishes,
Linda

Gina Caro - Gypsy Soul on June 8, 2017 11:10 am

I’ve been on a mammoth decluttering mission for nearly 2 years now. At first, I seemed to be fighting a losing battle but then I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which I know a lot of people don’t like, but it really was a game changer for me. I finished the book at the beginning of the year and our home still looks great. I’d defiantly recommend it to anyone that wants to declutter their homes.

I use Freecycle a lot and also found the Facebook selling pages really useful for getting rid of our unwanted goods. #WasteLessWednesday

Nancy Wolff on June 8, 2017 12:16 pm

Gina,
Haven’t heard of that book, thanks for the recommendation! I love Freecycle too! 🙂

Amy on June 9, 2017 3:22 am

Thank you for sharing this information on the Pin Junkie link party. I have been thinking lately about how much fun it was to accumulate all of the stuff that I have, and how I need to get rid of so much of it. I really do think that my life would seem less hectic if I had less stuff.

Nancy Wolff on June 9, 2017 1:41 pm

Amy,
It’s so true, we spend so much of our life enjoying collecting the stuff and then it’s time to downsize which is much more challenging!

Angie ~ ambient wares on June 10, 2017 12:35 pm

You’re right, how DO we accumulate so much stuff?! I’ve had many a garage sale, did fine but, it’s way too much work anymore. I’m a little wary of selling on Craigslist but, I think that’s our best option. We also sell on eBay & Etsy which is surprisingly good 🙂 Donations and leaving things on our curb are wonderful for when I realize just how overwhelmed I am 😉 This definitely has me thinking. Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday! Pinned!

Nancy Wolff on June 12, 2017 12:14 pm

always forget about selling on Etsy! thanks for the reminder!

Katy SkipTheBag on June 11, 2017 6:55 pm

I’ll be honest we usually just end up donating most of our stuff. We rarely purge a large amount of stuff in good enough quality that would justify having a garage sale. As you found it is a lot of work for minimal reward! There are many apps popping up in our area. Varage sale and Letgo are two. Thanks for sharing on the #wastelesswednesday blog hop.

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