National Clear Your Clutter Day 2016 take place on Saturday 19th March 2016. Founded by TV consumer crusader and money-saving expert Jasmine Birtles.
Get ready to declutter your homes and dig out your stash of unused items. Sell, swap, upcycle, recycle or donate your unwanted personal belongings for a profit or for a sense of positive change. Get sorting your homes now to make and save money in time for summer! Here are LOADS of ideas for selling, upcycling, mending and giving away the junk you don’t need or want anymore.
How to DeClutter
Unwanted items to pay for luxuries over the summer such as holidays, clothing, days out and entertainment.
Items by altering them to re-use or to give away as presents.
Unwanted items to refresh a wardrobe, room in the house or shed.
Items to donate to charity or to save the planet.
In the lead up to Clear Your Clutter Day we will be offering you, our readers fantastic decluttering tips from articles and eBooks to videos to help you along your way. We’ll also be giving you access to industry experts who will share their tips on selling, swapping, donating, upcycling and recycling your items. On the day itself, Jasmine Birtles, dubbed the “Queen of Cash”, will be joined by a team of experts who will host live Google+ and Periscope Q&A sessions.
Clear Your Clutter Day is the perfect excuse to declutter your homes to reduce your bulging mountain of unwanted items, while helping you to live stress and clutter-free lives.
Don’t forget to look out for our Clear Your Clutter Day competitions to win some fantastic prizes!
And see our MANY articles about Selling your stuff online and offline , How to recycle your gadgets for cash, How to make money selling your clothes on ASOS Marketplace, and lots more!
Suggested items for Selling, Swapping, Donating, Upcycling or Recycling
Clothing & Accessories
Gadgets & Toys
In The Home
Jasmine’s Top Five Decluttering Tips:
1. Make a bid for freedom
Look on decluttering as gaining space and freedom rather than having to get rid of things. If you see it as gaining something, you’re much more likely to throw out unwanted items that you know you don’t love or need. Get 20 storage tips to save time and money here.
2. Do it space by space
Don’t try and do your whole home in one go. Do it drawer by drawer and cupboard by cupboard. Start with the easiest room in the house (probably the bathroom) and once you’ve cleared that room, give yourself a quick break and then start on the next easiest room. Once you’ve done two whole rooms you’ll already have more of a sense of satisfaction and control over your life which should spur you on to do more cluttered parts of the house. Find out how to make the most when selling online.
3. Do it with a friend
Get a friend or family member to help you. It will make it more fun and help you sort more of your home then you would on your own. If you’re a natural hoarder, bring in someone who loves throwing things out, so that you’re not tempted to just keep everything. Get celebrity tips on how to declutter here.
4. Use the four box rule
Get four boxes which are marked ‘throw away’, ‘charity shop’, ‘sell’, ‘recycle’. Everything you decide not to keep should go into one of those boxes. The ‘throw away’ one is easy (although even some broken electronic items could be given away through Freecycle for parts). The ‘charity shop” one is obvious – take it to your nearest favourite charity shop, remembering to give them your name and postcode so that they can gift aid it. The stuff to recycle could be decorated, put in nice packaging and used as Christmas or birthday present, or, if its clothing you might be able to dye it, put new fastenings on it or add trimmings to give you a whole ‘new’ item you will actually wear. With the items to sell, you should photograph them and then just upload their details to an internet sales site such as eBay, Preloved or a local community Facebook group, while you’re watching TV in the evening. Sorted! Find out how you could actually LOSE WEIGHT by decluttering here.
5. Sort one item per day
If you can’t stand the idea of spending a day, or even half a day decluttering, just get into the habit of sorting one item per day. It’s not hard to do just one a day and, doing it this way, by the end of the year you will have sorted 265 items! It could be that once a day you put something online to sell or give away or you just drop something off to the charity shop on your way to work each day. Whatever works for you, get into the clearing habit and you will gain more freedom and make extra money throughout the year. Also, you can find out how to declutter your finances and make more money here.