Countless studies have been conducted to evaluate the effect that clutter has on a person’s mental state. Being in a cluttered area stresses most people out, and it’s an easily reversible. The longer that you live in your house, the more cluttered things become. From your home office, your closets, your garage and even the bedrooms get full of junk over time. Here’s a handful of tips to help you get your stress under control:
Have a Garage Sale
Garage sales are a great way to off-load your junk while making some money. Having a successful garage sale can be difficult and time consuming but they can certainly pay huge dividends. To really make your garage sale a hit, consider this:
- Put advertisements on the internet. Use Craigslist, Backpage, and other online sites to promote your sale online. Consider using Google Translate to create advertisements in other languages to maximize your visibility.
- Take out an ad in the local paper. This practice seems to be dying along with the traditional newspaper, but I think you’d be surprised at how many people still look at the classifieds section of your local paper. I definitely recommend looking at the cost of taking out an ad, and evaluating whether or not it’s worthwhile in your own opinion.
- Make your signs exciting! Use bright colors, large text, and a easily readable font in all of your signs to make sure that they grab people’s attention, and bring them to your driveway.
Hire a Junk Removal Company
If planning and executing on a garage sale sounds like too much work, just hire a local junk removal company. The amount of time it will save you is significant, and all you have to do is point out the junk that you need removed. Dumpster rentals are a great alternative, and can save you money, but at the expense of having an unsightly dumpster in front of your home for a few days at a time. Use Google to find junk removal companies in your area and save yourself the headache.
Donation has many benefits (like tax write-offs) on top of not having to deal with either garage sale planning or paying for a junk removal service. Goodwill and the Salvation Army are a few places that will gladly accept your donated belongings while giving you a form to take advantage of the tex benefits. Beyond the fact that donating will save you time and money, it is also rewarding to know that your old belongings will be utilized by a fmaily in need.
Just Get Rid of it!
Regardless of which avenue you choose to go down, the most important thing is that you get all of your unused junk out of your house. Clear your mind, live a happier life, and take back the space in your home!