As I mentioned in my April goals, I am on a total mission to eliminate clutter from my house. I wouldn't say I'm a crazy hoarder or anything, but I do like to save a lot of random things. Not even intentionally save, just throw into a bag, then into a closet, and then forget about.
Last week, beginning on Sunday, I spent about an hour a day on this goal. Don't worry, I still went to work and continued to exercise, I swear. Some of my major accomplishments were: reorganizing my two upstairs closets so that I really know what I have (and tossing a ton of crap I had just stuffed in the bottom of the closet), reorganizing my dresser drawers for the same reason, getting rid of 3 bags of clothing, cleaning my bathroom and tossing out empty or old lotions/make up etc and donating some old books I will never read again to Good Will.
I thought I'd share some of the fun things I did to get rid of clutter that you might want to try.
Sell Clothes on Twice: I usually get rid of clothes about once a year, either by giving things away to people I know or donating to Good Will. However, this time I decided to try out a company called Twice. It's an online clothing company that will buy your old clothes and it's absurdly easy. All you have to do is go to their website and request a bag, they will send it in 3 days. Fill up the bag with clothes you don't want any more. The clothes must be less than 5 years old and on their brand list- things like JCrew, Express, Gap are good- but they won't accept cheaper brands like Old Navy or Target. Then, you take your bag and drop it off at the post office or just give it to the mailman, no postage required. In a few weeks, they will e-mail you an offer for your clothes. If you accept it, you get paid immediately. If you reject it, you can have your clothes back for $5. Apparently the average person sends in about 20 clothing items and gets paid about $50. That's $50 I wouldn't have had otherwise. Also, if you want to buy more clothes you can get more money in Twice cash, so you can buy clothes from other's closet. I don't need more clothes so I won't be doing this, but the idea is good. Anything that didn't fit the description because of brand mostly, I just put in a bag for Goodwill and I still had 2 bags for them. Yay!
Consolidate Gift Cards: I've mentioned before that I have a gift card hoarding problem. It really has not improved much, and part of this is that I end up with too many gift cards to actually keep in my purse at all times. I decided to consolidate some of these gift cards onto my phone which will help me actually use them, and cut down on clutter. I had 9 Starbucks cards, which I put all online, consolidated them all into one card and I can now get rid of ALL the cards and use the app on my phone to pay for my drinks. I was also able to consolidate my Target gift cards. I also had an absurd number, and a lot of them had like $2, or $8 etc. I put them all my online account, and I think I can also get rid of those cards too with the Target app (but I haven't figured that out yet). Finally, I had a couple of iTunes gift cards which I finally put on my account. I still have a few gift cards to a local teacher store, TJ Maxx and Bertuccis which I can't do anything about, but now I can actually fit them in my purse because I'm down to less than 10 total rather than probably 30 something!
Do you have any tips for eliminating clutter?