A 5 Step Guide to Get Rid of Stuff Quickly and Responsibly

Do you need to declutter your home fast? Are you moving? Do you want a whole new start in life? Are you tired of all the clutter around your house?

When you declutter your home, you are not only freeing up space, you are freeing up yourself. You can breathe easier, relax more, and even earn money.

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This is a step by step guide to get rid of stuff quickly, while making money and being environmentally responsible. It is a very extreme approach that may not be right for everyone, but you can use the basic principles to clean out any room at any level.

Step 1

Throw away anything that's completely worthless

Take a garbage bag, and start walking around the house. Go room by room, collecting anything worth less than $10 that nobody could possibly find useful. This includes items like nick knacks, broken parts of things, and things you don't even recognize.

Example: t-shirts from high school with holes and stains

Step 2

Sell all valuable items

Gather all your valuable belongings and prepare to sell them. The fastest way to sell something is online through Craigslist or Ebay. Not only will this declutter your life, but it will help you make money.

Example: electronics in working condition

Step 3

Donate gently used items

This is the middle bulk of things that can't be sold, but would be a shame to throw away as they are still useful to some people. Donate gently used items to Goodwill or pass them along for reuse on Freecycle.

Example: clothing in wearable condition

Step 4

Have a free yard sale

This is an optional step for all the items that aren't acceptable to sell or donate, but you feel guilty about throwing away without giving it one last try. Advertise a free yard sale on Craigslist. You'll be surprised what things people will take if they're free.

Step 5

Recycle or throw away the remainder

For your remaining items, recycle what you can. If it's not recyclable, throw it away.

Remember, the general guidelines are:

Sell it.
If you can't sell, donate.
If you can't donate, give it away.
If you can't give it way, recycle it.
If you can't recycle it, trash it.

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