What to Do With Your Stuff After Decluttering

Reclaiming space from clutter can feel like a breath of fresh air. You finally shed those dusty old relics and excess items that had been cluttering up your home for so long, creating more room and peace in the process. But once all the old stuff has been cleared away, a question arises about what should become of all this stuff now after decluttering? 

Donating Like a Pro

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Charity shops, shelters, and non-profit organisations are always in search of items that can bring happiness to those less fortunate. From clothing that you no longer wear to toys they haven’t experienced yet, donations may even be tax-deductible. Donations make an incredible, impactful statement about who cares. So get out there and donate, keeping receipts may even save your sanity.

Research Local Charities

Before you donate items, research local charities in order to make sure they go where they should. Charity Navigator and GuideStar provide extensive details about various charitable organisations, such as their mission statements, finances, and the types of donations they accept. Shelters, religious organisations, and thrift stores typically post needs lists on their websites or are available via quick phone call for quick reference. Consider reaching out to schools, libraries, and community centres, as they often run drives or have ongoing needs for gently used items. By matching your donations with these organisations’ needs, you can ensure that your items make the maximum positive contribution possible.

Arrange a Pickup Service

For larger or bulkier items, scheduling a pickup service might be the most sensible solution. Many charitable organisations provide free pickup services for donations of furniture, large appliances and bulk donations. Check with organisations you researched to see if this option exists and to understand their scheduling process. Some charities provide online scheduling forms, while others may require phone calls to schedule pickup time slots. Make sure items can be easily accessible on pickup day to ensure an easy experience, as this step will help both you and those in need benefit quickly from receiving them.

Consider Storing It 

If you aren’t quite ready to part ways with any items but still need to declutter your space, consider placing them temporarily in storage. Renting a storage unit can provide a safe and hassle-free way of protecting your belongings before you decide their ultimate fate. Many storage facilities offer different unit sizes with climate-controlled capabilities to safeguard delicate items. Look for facilities with strong security measures, such as surveillance cameras and individual unit alarms, to ensure the protection of your belongings. This approach allows you to organise and plan without feeling pressured to make immediate decisions, providing the freedom to adjust as your needs and preferences evolve over time. Hire a moving company to transport your items to storage. Label and organise each box clearly for easy retrieval in the future.

Take Advantage of the Second-Hand Economy

The second-hand economy is flourishing, providing you with a great opportunity to turn gently used items into extra money for yourself. From vintage lamps you received as presents to previously worn shoes, someone is looking for what you have.

Host a Garage Sale

Why not host a garage sale as an engaging community event and generate some quick income at the same time? Just advertise ahead of time and ensure you have change ready when needed for those making small transactions.

Sell Online

If a garage sale isn’t your forte, consider online marketplaces instead. Popular options like eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and Poshmark provide user-friendly platforms with wide audiences. Taking great photos in well-lit lighting conditions is all it takes for success.

Consider Recycling and Upcycling

Not everything you declutter will make sense as donations or saleable goods, so consider recycling or upcycling as well. Certain items could find new life without taking up space in landfills.

Recycle Responsibly 

To responsibly dispose of electronics such as old phones, laptops and batteries, search for recycling programs. Many local electronics stores provide drop-off points where these can be dropped off for recycling.

Unleash Your Creativity with Upcycling 

Unlock your creative side by upcycling old furniture, clothes, and household items into stunning pieces. Transform driftwood planks into rustic coffee tables or upcycle outdated jeans into fashionable shorts. The sky’s the limit when it comes to upcycling.


Decluttering is only the first step on your journey toward creating a more organised and harmonious living space. Donating, selling, recycling, or upcycling items provides another chance to give them new life, so take a deep breath, roll up your sleeves, and begin making thoughtful, impactful decisions with what was once clutter. Your new, decluttered space, and the environment, will thank you for it.


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