Clothing rack with a plant and basket in a decluttered home. Whether you want to organize your home, or earn some extra cash from your unused items, decluttering your home can have many benefits, including de-stressing, clearing your head and finally getting around to that much-needed “spring cleaning”. While these are all great benefits, there’s no better feeling than coming home to an organized and simplified home.

In addition to these, there are even more benefits to decluttering your home: as consumers, as much as 75% of our clothes are never actually worn within the last year, and up to 85% of all textiles go to landfills each year. When done in the right way – by selling, donating, mending or upcycling your unused items – decluttering makes sense.

But where to begin? Decluttering your home and your closet may sound like it’s a huge task, but don’t worry. We’ll talk you through some of the quick and easy ways you can start to declutter your closet and home. Read on for some tips and tricks!

Sorting through your Items

Step one to decluttering your home is sorting through all of your items. It will take time to declutter both your closet and your home goods, so choose a weekend to tackle one section one day and the other section on the next day. You’ll want to look through your items to see which items you can mend and upcycle, which items you can sell, and which items you would like to donate. Try to grab as many items as you can that you haven’t used during the last year – these are the items that can be decluttered.

Mending your Clothing and Home Goods

Next – take a look through your items that you’ve separated for decluttering, and see if there are items that you absolutely want to keep, but they have a bit of wear and tear, such as small strings hanging off the bottom, or a scuff in the wood of a table. These items can be mended for future use (for keeping, selling and donating!). Especially if it’s a tiny hole or small fray, as this can add years back into your garment or item. Take these items to your local tailor or a furniture repair shop for a quick mend job, and your items will look as good as new!

Donating Gently Used Items

Donating gently used items is a great way to help support those in need. Once you’ve repaired any item that needed mending, reach out to local organizations that support people in need in your region. They’ll guide you to where you can drop off your clothing and home items. Some organizations even have a pickup service!

Selling your Clothing and Home Goods

For the rest of your clothing and home goods that you haven’t donated, you can sell them! As they say, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure,” so go ahead and upload your items to Bazaara for resale. In addition to earning extra cash, selling your gently used items also has great environmental benefits! Doing so will help reduce the amount of items being discarded to landfills, as an estimated 140 million pounds worth of clothing goes into landfills each year!

Upcycling

 Upcycling is a great way to give your items a new life! For those items that are too far damaged beyond repair, don’t worry. These are perfect items for upcycling! Upcycling is the process of repurposing your unwanted or used items into brand new products. Upcycling can help your item live beyond its years and give it a brand-new life, with better environmental value. It’s a great way of creating unique garments and items to brighten your wardrobe and home. Talk about conversation pieces!

 

Since up to 85% of textiles go to landfills each year, the environmental benefits of upcycling are huge. Upcycling can greatly reduce waste that ends up in landfills. For example, you can take an old scarf or t-shirt, and turn it into a throw pillow or chair cushion. You can DIY your upcycling projects, or you can find local upcycling specialists to help you. Custom furniture creators or your local tailor is a great place to start.