Identifying Items Taking Up Space in Your Home, and What to Do Next!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

When it comes to our homes, we are very good at collecting items to put inside it. However, we are nowhere near as good as getting rid of things that we no longer need or want!

For this reason, it would be wise to take a day or two to do a clear out. This consists of identifying items taking up space in your home. Doing so has multiple benefits. It frees up space for things you actually need and want. It makes for a healthier home because removing these things means they are not collecting dust and other allergens. Plus, in some cases, you may be able to make money from these items, or make money for charity.

First up, let’s look at three categories you want to look out for. These are unnecessary items, broken items and misused items.

Unnecessary items 

First of all, unnecessary items. We’ve all been guilty of buying things that we have the best intentions of using, but never actually do! This might be a hat stand that never has any hats on it. Or a slow cooker that just sits in a corner gathering dust.

Broken items

Next up, broken items. Let’s be honest, we all have something in our home that is broken. Yet we keep hold of it! Maybe we can’t bear to let it go, or are planning on fixing it [one day]. Well, if you have kept hold it for a few months and haven’t fixed it by now? You’re probably never going too!

Misused items

Category three are items that could be useful, if only you were using them and what they offered properly. Bookshelves are the ideal example of this. Rather than keeping our books neatly organised in the correct way, we let them stack up all mish-mashed.

So, now you’ve identified your three categories, let’s look at what you can do with the items you find within each.



Really can’t bear to throw it out? Then fix it! Motivate yourself to do it by taking it out of hiding and putting it right where you can see it!

Throw out

Throwing out lots of large items at once can be very daunting. Take that stress away and call upon DIY and builders waste removal companies instead. They have vans suitable for clearing out old furniture, trash and clutter, and the manpower too.

Move into storage

This isn’t the wisest option. Not only are you still keeping holding of the items, but it will also cost you money to do so. Storage solutions are not always that cheap, especially if you want them for a long time. However, this option does exist. It can be suitable in some scenarios. Maybe you are downsizing for a couple of years and don’t want to throw out expensive furniture that you will use again in 24 months time. Just be sure you always weigh up the cost with the benefits.

Whichever option you go for, be sure to learn lessons! Think twice before buying things you may not use, fix things as soon as they break and use your items properly! 

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