National Clear Your Clutter Day 2018 took place on Friday 13th April 2018. But it doesn’t end there. Now is the time 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.
National clear your clutter day
In the lead up to Clear Your Clutter Day we offered you, our readers, fantastic decluttering tips from articles and eBooks to videos to help you along your way. We also gave you access to industry experts who shared their tips on selling, swapping, donating, upcycling and recycling your items. On the day itself, Jasmine Birtles, dubbed the “Queen of Cash”, was joined by a team of experts and host a live Google Hangout, which you can still watch over on our YouTube page.
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. But it’s only a small part of our year-round push to help you get organised!
Don’t forget to look out for our ongoing Clear Your Clutter 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!
Here is a video that Jasmine made for the first national Clear Your Clutter Day in 2016 – how time flies!
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.
This year we are delighted to partner up with Gumtree as primary campaign sponsor, not just for Clear Your Clutter Day, but for a significant part of the year. Keep your eyes peeled for great content throughout the collaboration!
Gumtree is the UK’s #1 classifieds website and app, used by 1 in 3 adults every month. With over 1.5 million ads live on the site at any time, it’s the perfect place to buy or sell second-hand goods and cars. You can also find ads for a wide range of jobs, properties to rent and buy, professional services, community events and more. 33% of the UK digital population use Gumtree every month, and the Gumtree smartphone app has been downloaded over 16 million times.
APDO, the Association of Professional Declutters and Organisers, is a not-for-profit association which provides support, networking and promotion for members of the Professional Organising and Decluttering industry in the UK, and information and services for their clients. A need for decluttering and simplification is growing rapidly and they are there to help.
Their primary focus is to make it easy for people throughout the UK to find a professional organiser to work with. They offer emotional and practical support to clients to declutter and reorganise their home or business.
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Gone for Good operates across the UK and it partners with lots of national charities (such as British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Mind, Shelter, Sue Ryder and Debra) as well as with several local charities and hospices of donations since its national launch in Spring 2016 it’s already helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes.
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Oxfam relies on the generosity of the British public because we take the clothes, homewares, books, music and accessories you no longer want or need and turn them into cash to fund our work fighting extreme poverty around the world.
Decluttering feels good. Ending poverty feels even better.
Delivering clean water in emergencies, helping communities build fairer, better lives for themselves, empowering women. Those are the amazing ways your donations change lives every day.
There are 650 Oxfam shops in the UK, all delighted to receive your donations. Don’t forget to ask the store to Tag your Bag – it’ll make your donations worth an extra 25%, reaching more people in poverty.
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