For me summer is the best time to declutter! When the weather outside is horrible I never feel like doing anything more than sitting on the sofa with a blanket, a hot drink and Netflix, the idea of going through my cupboards is completely off-putting. However if the sun is shining I can open all my doors and windows to get the dust out, I can stack unwanted things in the garden ready to sell or to skip and it makes for some great photos if I’m selling on eBay. We’re into our second week of the summer and I’m just starting my decluttering journey, hoping to get together some money for Disneyland Paris at the end of August.
I’ve put together 5 tips to try if you’re decluttering this summer;
Get Your Kids to Help
I’d say LM is on the border of being a hoarder. My dad’s a hoarder, my sister is a hoarder and Little Miss doesn’t ever have the heart to throw anything out. My plan is to show her how fun it is to declutter and give her the incentive of “if we sell this you can buy something new”. 90% of the time this is why I declutter, I want something new and have no spare cash to get it. It’s a nice lesson to learn as she gets something new by getting rid of toys she’s too old for. Pop on some music and make it feel like a game rather than a chore, remember the wise words of Mary Poppins “with every job that must be done, there is an element of fun!”
Go Big on eBay
A lot of people are wary about selling big items on eBay because they usually think you have to go with collection only, however that isn’t the case. These days there are a lot of courier companies like Shiply that deal with furniture or other large items and can deliver them safe to your buyer. By selling on eBay rather than a local selling group or even Gumtree you open yourself up to buyers across the country meaning you’ll more likely be able to sell for a good price. The days of being afraid of selling on eBay are gone and it’s not easier than ever.
Apply the Last 6 Months Rule
Unlike my dad and my sister, my mum is constantly decluttering (probably because my dad is constantly buying and they only have a small house haha) and she was the one who instilled the 6 month rule to me. If I haven’t used or worn something in 6 months I get rid of it. Like my mother I only have a small house and even though it’s just LM, myself and our cat it’s a wonder how much stuff we have. This month I plan on getting rid of a coffee maker, pressure cooker and even a cake pop maker (what? haha)
‘Tis the Time for the Carboot
Another great reason for decluttering at this time of year as it’s the perfect weather to carboot. It’s statistically shown that more people are likely to venture out to a carboot sale on a weekend morning in the summer than they are in the winter. Why not get together with a family member or a friend, split the site cost (most places charge about a £5 to take part in the carboot sale) and pack up the car. If there is more than one of you it gives you someone to talk to and you can take it in turns to go for a wander.
Don’t Just Sell, Donate
Yes, we’re all broke and selling stuff seems the logical route to go down, however have you considered donating the things that have little value? I’m talking books, CDs, DVDs. Donating to charity gives them the money instead of you and yes you might loose out on a few pennies but you’ll feel good for donating. That and it’s much cheaper than selling on eBay!
Not every day in the summer is going to be warm enough for the beach so get those windows open and grab the black bin bags and start clearing out. I assure you, you’ll feel so much better for it!