Cleaning out Junk

 Photo Credit: roadkill rabbit via Compfight cc
Photo Credit: roadkill rabbit via Compfight cc

It’s not spring but that doesn’t mean I can’t do a little bit of cleaning around our place! In a one bedroom apartment of less than 800 square feet its actually essential to go through and see if there’s any items that we don’t need. If we didn’t do this often we would find ourselves without any room to sit or sleep! It’s not really junk as most of it is still usable and in good condition. It is though to us because we have no use for it! We can toss the items that are broken or extremely old and give away the ones still in good condition. If you look around your place I’m sure that there are tons of stuff you don’t want or need anymore.

Cleaning my place of stuff I don’t use or want really helps me mentally. I don’t have to keep track of stuff I don’t need and my place is clutter free! What I think of as important or as something I must have changes constantly. Plus no matter how hard I try not to buy anything somehow I still stack up things over time.

Try selling it
First thing I do when I put together a pile of stuff I don’t want I see if there’s anything worth selling. eBay is usually me go to when it comes to selling used items. I’ve tried Craigslist but I didn’t like it and had no luck selling anything. People would contact me and then would end up changing their minds at the last minute. Plus the people who use Craigslist tend to want to buy everything dirt cheap. Usually if its worth selling then eBay will net more. Shipping is additional work, but buyers usually follow through on their purchases.

Give it away
If I can’t sell I try to think of anyone I know who could make good use of it. A friend who just moved here recently could possibly use some furniture or some kitchen items. Old clothing in good condition might fit someone else and it would be totally new to them. If I can’t think of anyone I know that can use it I usually just donate it to Goodwill. Hopefully they can make use of it and sell it for some money. Plus I can then deduct it from my taxes. It’s not much but it can possibly add up.

Recycle or toss it
Before I throw anything out in the trash I look at recycling, hazardous, or e-waste disposal. Anything electronic definitely has to be recycled at a proper e-waste center. Paint and old medicine would need to be taken to a hazardous waste center. Anything I can do to keep more out of the landfill is a good thing.


I’m going to go through an intense round of cleaning up this place pretty soon! I go through phases where I just go through each room one by one and pick out the items I really don’t want or need. Less clutter means I don’t have to worry about it. Plus on my next move I won’t have to pack it!

How often do you do you un-clutter your place?

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