The sun’s shining.
Even in London!
Which makes it the perfect time to declutter ALL that old, outgrown summer stuff you NEVER ever use that’s clogging up your garage, your attic and every cupboard in the house.
Firstly, because it will make YOU feel better.
And give you MORE space to enjoy the sunshine.
BUT secondly because there’s heaps of people out there ready to take it off your hands!
Think about it.
What’s your local store stocking right now in amongst all the other stuff you actually need?
Gardening stuff. Picnic stuff. BBQ stuff. Outdoor games. Right?
Basically everything that says sunshine.
And the beach stuff will be hot on its heels.
NOW you DO NOT want to buy this stuff do you?
Because the last thing you want is more clutter.
BUT it shows us, right now is the perfect time for you to pass on your summer clutter.
So it get reused – big hurrah for the planet! – AND you get some money.
I’ve got a big list for you below of stuff to declutter RIGHT NOW.
But before that some tips on how to declutter.
AND how to sell your clutter or just pass it on easily, so it’s out of your hair!
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1. How To Declutter
OK. So, the best way to win the clutter war is little by little.
I use the daily just 10 things method.
Which turns decluttering into a powerful habit in just a few minutes everyday.
You could use this method to work through the list below.
Nice and calmly and methodically.
BUT if your home’s anything like mine all that summer stuff is in an unbelievably enormous jumble in your garage or shed or basement or kids rooms!
If that’s the case, start off with a few 15 minute power purges.
These will get lots of surface junk in the bin and recycling.
AND help you spot where the summer stuff is hiding.
You can then work through it little by little in a few minutes everyday in the order you can get to it without pulling everything else down on your head!!
This IS a recipe for disaster.
Just extract a little everyday and let it go.
And here’s how to let it go.
2. How To Sell Clutter
One word of warning first …
MOST of us do NOT have hidden treasure hiding behind a long forgotten sun lounger.
Or never used tent.
So most of will not make any kind of fortune selling our clutter.
But we do have plenty of summer stuff other people will happily cough up 10 to 20 quid for.
(That’s 10 to 20 dollars give or take a cent or two for you Americans).
Now obviously, we could put this stuff on eBay or Craigslist.
But for summer clutter like this I reckon Facebook wins out because:
- It’s super quick, low effort
- You can target local people who will actually come and pick stuff up
- AND it gets in people’s face – when the sun’s shining – and says come buy me now!
I’ve been selling stuff like this not-used-for-seven-years strimmer on Facebook.
It’s been 5 or 10 minutes effort top.
And gone from our shed in days. Hurrah!
If you’ve not sold on Facebook before check out my tips here.
NOW not everything will sell.
BUT you can also freecycle big, old, battered stuff on Facebook.
So you don’t have to take time to lug it to the tip or recycling centre.
And that in itself is a win isn’t it?
Right we’ve covered the how to declutter and how to sell clutter.
Now onto the BIG list of summer stuff to declutter right now …
3. 100 Things To Declutter Right Now
In your garage or attic or round the house keep your eyes peeled for anything on this list that is:
- A duplicate or multiple
- Broken and not mendable by you, but could be by someone else
- Unused in years and you’ve been making do perfectly happily without
- Half used and you will never finish
BUT don’t angst over stuff you’re NOT ready to let go.
OR other family members aren’t.
Just quickly gather up and let go any of these that you can …
- Sun hats
- Sun dresses
- Flip flops
- Swimsuits, bikinis & trunks
- Sun glasses
- Kids summer clothes
- Garden spades & forks
- Shears & secateurs
- Watering cans
- Hose pipes
- Lawn mowers
- Grass strimmers & hedge cutters
- Gardening gloves
- Yard brushes
Seeds & Plants
- Plant pots & planters
- Grow bags
- Bags of compost
- Old packets of seeds
- Old bulbs
- Grass seed
- Plant feed
- Weed killers
- Garden bins
- Compost bins & wormeries
BBQs, Fires & Lights
- BBQ fuel
- BBQ utensils
- BBQ covers
- Fire buckets
- Garden lights & lanterns
- Night lights
- Patio heaters
- Garden chairs
- Garden tables
- Deck chairs
- Sun loungers
- Garden cushions
- Garden furniture oil
- Parasols & sun shades
- Garden storage
- Garden ornaments
- Spare fencing
- Paddling pools
- Water play toys
- Sand pit toys
- Bags of sand
- Balls & goals
- Raquets & bats
- Trampolines & bouncers
- Bikes, trikes, scooters & ride ons
- Swings, slides & climbing frames
- Outdoor games
Pool & Beach
- Swimming costumes
- Swim hats
- Swimming aids
- Beach bags
- Beach towels
- Beach ponchos & cover ups
- Plastic glasses
- Plastic jugs
- Plastic cuttlery
- Cooler boxes
- Cooler bags
- Picnic hampers
- Picnic rugs
- Water bottles
Travel & Camping
- Suitcases & carry ons
- Backpacks & rucksacks
- Luggage wheels
- Flight accessories – pillows etc
- Sleeping bags
- Camp beds & sleeping mats
- Camp stoves & accessories
- Foot pumps
- Mosquito nets
- Paint brushes
- Half used paint
- Paint rollers
- Paint roller trays
- Nail, screws etc
- Fence varnish
- Power tools
Wow! It’s a monster list isn’t it?
BUT we do all have so much crammed in our homes we do not have the time and space to enjoy.
And that someone else can enjoy more.
You won’t have all of these or want to get rid of all of them.
But letting go just 5 or 10 of these will reclaim YOUR living space for YOU!
I hope this list helps.
For more help decluttering your home check out this FREE step-by-step declutter guide. It will take you every room in your home with simple daily challenges you can fit into just 10 minutes a day and give you the motivation you need to get started and keep going when you hit the tricky stuff to let go.
Photo: Sunglasses pink-orange colors on white. Kid’s party concept by Marco Verch under Creative Commons 2.0