When life becomes cluttered and complicated, it’s important not to let yourself get overwhelmed. Instead, take a step back, assess the situation and begin to take control. One easy and surprisingly important place to start is in your own home. As the old saying goes, ‘a cluttered desk is a cluttered mind’. By ‘decluttering’ your home, stripping it down to a simple and tidy arrangement of only the things you need and cherish, your life can become suddenly much clearer and easier to organise. And by selling unwanted goods at a local car boot sale, you can make some extra money on the side.
Clearing out your home can be an emotional process. For the sentimental, it can be hard to let go of once-loved possessions, even those that are no longer of any use. If you find it difficult, try not to think of throwing things out just yet. Instead, go around the house packing things which you no longer want or use into boxes to be kept in a garage, loft or other storage space. Once you realise that you do not miss these unwanted possessions, it will be much easier to pass them on.
Get the Family Involved
If you have a family, decluttering your house needs to be a joint decision. Selling your family’s possessions without their knowledge might lead to serious tensions arising. Perhaps the best technique is to give each member of the family their own box, into which they will pack belongings which they no longer want or need. Instead of telling each individual what they should or should not keep, encourage them to make their own decisions. Young children may need monitoring in this exercise. Not only does this ease your workload, it also avoids confrontations later on.
Throughout your clean-out, try to maintain an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment. Remember that this is the foundation of your new, decluttered life, so it’s important that it is built upon calm and happy ground. Play some upbeat music in the house, or make it a game to see who can finish first.
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The Car Boot Sale
Another great way to get the family motivated is the promise of a trip to a car boot sale at the end of the clear-out. Of course, for broken items beyond repair your only real option may be to take them straight to the tip. But if your clear-out reveals items which you no longer need but which might be useful or attractive to someone else, a car boot sale can be a great way to clear out your clutter without feeling that your possessions are being wasted.
If you have young children, explain to them how the car boot process works and how they can exchange their old toys for money with which to buy new things. For older children, a car boot sale can be a great opportunity to learn about business, encouraging a little entrepreneurial spirit along the way. One great incentive might be to promise that each member of the family can keep the profits, or a percentage of the profits, from the sale of their own possessions. If they are then tempted to spend their profits on buying other things at the car boot sale, then try limiting each individual to a single, useful and functioning purchase to avoid replacing old junk with new rubbish.