You've sorted through your stuff. You've identified the items that no longer support the life you want to lead. You've boxed or bagged up the things you're not keeping. Now what?
Decluttering can be a major undertaking. You should be commended for making it to this step in the process, but you aren't done yet. What you do with the things you have decluttered is as important as the decluttering process.
There are many options available for those wanting to part with no longer needed items. Choosing the right one for your stuff can make a real difference to someone else, either positively or negatively, so let's take a moment to discuss the possibilities.
It's always nice to end on a positive note, so I'll start by talking about what not to do with the stuff you wish to be rid of.
NEVER Gift Your Used Stuff to Anyone
Thanks, But No Thanks
A Better Way
When No One You Know Wants Your Stuff
Tips for Sharing Your Stuff
Sheri, this a wonderful article that I'm looking forward to sharing. I would add the caveat that if you find yourself paralyzed by finding the right home, it's a good idea to give yourself a "pass" to give it to a good enough home. Maybe you love to donate to a specialty thrift store but they won't accept some of your items? Head for Goodwill and get that stuff moving on out :-)
Thanks, Lucy. I agree, sometimes we burden ourselves with stuff unnecessarily because we can’t find the perfect solution, or the solution we think will be perfect. Anytime you pass good serviceable stuff on to a thrift store you’re giving it a new chance to serve someone else.
Superb advice, Sheri. There are many ways to make things we no longer need into useful opportunities for others, but you've hit on the right ways to do it to avoid causing offense, distress, or annoyance. Great points!
Thank you, Julie!
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