Decluttering an entire home is a huge undertaking and figuring out what to do with all of the items you don’t want any longer is a burden you don’t need. On episode 166 of The Intentional Edit Podcast I’m sharing ideas that will help you know exactly what to do with the bags and boxes of belongings you want to get out of the house for good!


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What to Do With Everything that You Don't Want When Removing Clutter & Organizing Your Home





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Decluttering and entire home is a huge undertaking and figuring out what to do with all of those items is that you don’t really want any longer is a burden that you simply do not need when you’re already taking on the biggest task of purging all of these items. On this episode, episode 166 of the intentional edit podcast, I’m sharing ideas that will help you know exactly what to do with all of those bags and the boxes of belongings that you want to get out of your house soon.

Hello Friends. Another weekend is upon us. They can hardly believe it is Friday before we get into the nuts and bolts of this episode. I want to remind you about the Facebook community that is specifically for the intentional edit podcast listeners. If you, you are on Facebook and you want to join us, there is a link in [00:02:00] the podcast description.

It is a group where you can ask a questions about projects that you have going on. You can post before and after pictures. If you want me to give you ideas or help you strategize how you are going to get the clutter out of your home and how you’re finally getting it organized. I am happy to help you with whatever you want in there. I also post resources from time to time and we can do a lot of stuff in this Facebook community. Some of you will have been asking me to do lives, and I think that might be something fun that I can start coming up here pretty soon. So I will do these alives occasionally where you can come on and ask me questions or even submit questions beforehand.

And I can answer those. Sometimes that back and forth discussion is incredibly helpful. When you are tackling big projects, like. Entire house purging project and getting it organized. And of course you have to put those routines in place so that all of the work that you put in stays and it sticks so that you can truly simplify your home and you, and all the members of your family can benefit from all of the goodness that happens when we get rid of the excess organize and implement those routines that make everything easier.

So if you’re already on Facebook and you want to join the group, go to the description, it is under wherever you’re listening to this podcast on whatever platform it is, click on that link, join the Facebook group, and then make sure you answer the questions because there’s a couple of questions that it pops up with.

And they’re so simple. You can put one or two words, a little fragment is all you need. I need you to answer that question though, so that I know you are a real person, spam things. Happen and accounts that aren’t real and that are just trying to sell or solicit. Oftentimes try to join the group. one way to help [00:04:00] prevent that is by asking these questions, you guys answer the questions and you immediately get accepted into the group. If you request to join the group and you don’t put anything, you just leave everything blank.

You will not get accepted. We will just delete that request. join the Facebook group now and get active in there. Let me know where you’re from and what projects you have coming up in your house that you want to work on to try to get things organized. Well, let’s talk about the decluttering because something happens when you are trying to get rid of thing is, a lot of times this part gets skipped over when you are doing the decluttering, when you’re purging, when you’re getting the excess out of there, you are already making so, so, so many decisions, it’s really a lot of decisions.

So adding to the stress. So by figuring out exactly what you’re going to do with every. A single individual item. It’s going to make this process more overwhelming than it needs to be. And you don’t need to do that. Let’s address this elephant in the room when it comes to decluttering. I have a shared a statistic before and in the United States, 80% of the items that we keep and store in our homes.

We still do not use. even in a situation where you’ve decided to keep something just in case. In most circumstances. We decided to keep this thing and it’s not used. In fact, the statistic shows 80% of the time. It is not used. Now, when you ruthless Sully. Do a purging project when you’re ruthless with your decluttering and you follow a proven plan.

That group and plan. I share a little bits and pieces of it on podcast episodes. If you want all the details, it is in the simplified home masterclass. If you follow this proven plan and you truly are ruthless with your decision-making and you are getting [00:06:00] rid of the things that are excess and that are not needed in your home. There are things that you don’t need. There are things that you don’t use in their things.

That your family does not want. you are not going to end up with a lot of extra stuff. You’re just not going to keep that much extra stuff. Another reason we keep these items that we aren’t really using their thing, these things that we don’t really like, or we really don’t even want is because of guilt. And you know, when I say guilt, let’s say real thing. Guilt keeps us holding on to things that don’t need to be in our homes. There are many reasons for the guilt, but it often stems from the cost or the wasted money or an item that you purchased, but you never used.

Used it, you thought you were going to use it, so you bought it, but it’s been sitting there and it’s actually never been used or something that you purchase. And maybe you rarely used it. You thought you were going to use it a lot. You had the intention to use it a lot, but it kind of just sits on this shelf. It takes up space and you rarely have used it. Maybe only once or twice now there’s guilt around wasteful spending and the unnecessary purchase.

That Gill comes from the very beginning. You already have that guilt. That’s just happening in your mind. And the cold hard truth is the money you spent on that item is a long gone. You wasted that money when you purchased that item. if you decide to donate it, gift it to someone else, whatever you do to get it out of your home.

That is not when the money is wasted. The money was wasted when you bought it. It was a bad purchase to begin with. That’s when the money was wasted, it is already gone. you’re not gaining anything by keeping this thing in your home, by having it in a closet or making it sit up on that shelf, reminding you adding to that guilt, constantly feeding that feeling of [00:08:00] guilt because it’s sitting there and every time you see it, you feel that guilty feeling. It’s not making you richer because it’s in the closet.

that means you aren’t going to instantly become poor because you remove it from your house. It doesn’t work that way. Let this thing go. Well, let it go. Let that I don’t go. There are probably a lot of those items or at least a few in your home when you really start the purging process. And you open the drawers and you go through the containers and you’re truly moving through room by room.

And getting rid of all the extras that you’ve accumulated over the years. You’re going to find. These items come up and you will have those feelings of guilt from time to time. Let them go. I can’t say this enough for yourself of the guilt and be done with it. Wash your hands of it. Say goodbye. Let it go.

What you are doing when you decide that you have to store this thing, by keeping that item, it’s actually burdening you because it’s taking up space in your home and it may even require maintenance. You have to maintain this thing depending on what it is. If you’re keeping it because it was a gift and you feel guilty about not wanting it or never using it.

Just let it go. You have carried this burden long enough. You don’t have to do it any longer. I am giving you permission. To give yourself permission. To get this item out of your house, stop living with the burden and truly let it go if you’re keeping this thing. And because you spent money on it and you feel guilty that it never gets used. Let it go. It’s adding to your mental stress by keeping it, and it’s taking up your physical space in your home.

It is adding to the clutter. It is something that is clutter. If it is [00:10:00] not used, if you’re keeping it because you love it or because you actually use this thing, that’s great. That’s awesome. That would not be something that you would think about getting rid of because you are using it, you love this, or you use it.

It’s something you need for the failures that you do in your home. Those are reasons to keep something, but if you’re simply keeping it because. You feel guilty about getting rid of it? Today is the day you free yourself of the guilt and you get your life back and you let it go donate it so that it can actually have a chance to be used by someone else.

Now you’re probably sick of me saying, let it go, but I really want to get that through your mind. I want you to let go of these things that you’re keeping for the, just in case scenario or you’re keeping because you feel guilt. About why it was given to you, the money you wasted when you purchased it, never using it and so on and so on.

now that we’ve covered that topic around Gill, there are three main categories that things go in. When you’re decluttering, you will either keep an item. You will throw an item away, or you will donate it. Those are the main three categories. If you’re keeping it, it means that it is something that is useful in your home.

You use it. You want to have it in your home or you need it. It may fit two or three of those categories, but it is going to fit at least one. If you can’t answer the question that you need it, you use it or you want it, then you really need to think about why are you keeping this thing? What is its purpose in my home? Is it actually doing something? Does it add value or is it actually clutter?

If you’re tossing an item, that means it is trash. It is garbage. Something is garbage when it’s a broken staid, it has missing pieces. It doesn’t work. If it doesn’t [00:12:00] work and it has missing pieces so that it can’t be used for what it is designed for. It is usually trash. So that is something that you can put in the trash bag.

And put out for the next garbage pickup, because that would be an item that you would throw away. Expired items are also trash. If things are expired and they can’t be used anymore, or they’re, uh, like a liquid product or a food or something along those lines. And it is bad. Those items belong in the trash pile as well. Put them in the trash bag.

I get them out of your house. Everything else that I didn’t mention, or that you have decided, is it not something that you’re going to keep in your house? Those are donations. Now where to donate is completely up to you. This question usually comes up with some donated. Donations. Should I sell some of these things or should I separate these into specific donation locations? And that is where things get really complicated.

High ticket item most. Those are usually a few and far between those are the ones that might be worthy of your time to sell. But in reality, we usually value thing is. A lot higher than what they would truly sell for. You may have spent a lot of money on something at the time that you purchased it, but those things, usually most of the time there are.

Rare occasions where something increases in value, but most of the time. What you purchase something for? It’s going to be a far less valuable now.

If there is a situation where you have a highly sought after item, it might be worth reselling it or consigning it. But that is the exception to the rule. If you’re going to go through all of the work and put in the effort and hours and hours of labor to make a hundred dollars at a garage sale selling random items, you have to think, is it worth it to you?

Or is your time [00:14:00] more valuable than that hundred dollars? I can give you real life examples of people that have saved things for years, thinking that they’re going to have a garage sale and make a lot of money. they spend days and days and have family members help them and set up and price things and put all of these things out only to come out of that garage sale with.

74 75, 70 $6. They’re not even making a hundred dollars. And they store to these things for years thinking that this garage sale was going to be a big success. And then when the garage sale is over, they still have to deal with all of these things that were already determined to be clutter only to pack them up and save many carloads, deriving them to the location where they would have donated them and where they could have donated them years before. if you know, something is a highly sought after item that has a lot of value. There are ways to consign that or sell that and get some money for that product. But that isn’t the. Usual situation when you are purging a lot of items and going through the drawers and closets and shelves and cabinets in your home.

when you break it down, you will probably be making sense for every hour that you have work that you put in. If you go that garage sale route that let me sell it on a resale site or something like that. And if you spent $75 on a piece of clothing and you can sell it for $5, because it is a good brand, or you can sell it for $10, but you also have to get the packaging and pay for the shipping.

And deal with the time spent listing it, people that have questions about it, the conversation back and forth. Collecting the information, and then you finally sell it and you make $6. Is it worth it to you? If you have a lot of excess time? And this is something that you want to do, then it might work out for [00:16:00] you, but for the most part,

The dollars that we make from things like this. Don’t add up. They are not significant enough when you look at the time spent. To do those sales, into list the items and to have the garage sale and all of that stuff. Your decluttering to better your life. And you have to remember, you are in a situation that feels uncomfortable to you. You have overwhelmed that you don’t like the situation of your home right now in terms of the extra belongings in it. So you are decluttering to improve your life, to make it better, probably to gain some mental clarity and mental peace.

And you want to have a home that has. A drastic reduction in clutter. I’m not saying you want it to necessarily be clutter-free, but you want most of that clutter out of there. So you want to reduce the clutter. You want to have a clean house that is functioning. A home that is functioning. That is a wonderful place to be.

That is not stressing you out. Don’t make it more work than it has to be stick with the three categories of keep it, toss it or donate it and remove the items to donate from your home quickly. And there’s a couple of ways to do that. Every time you fill up a bag or basket, you can go put that in your car. And then when you drive in the area of the store or donation center,

Drop those things off. Get them out of your house as quickly as possible. The other option is to schedule a pickup. If you are doing a lot of decluttering in a short amount of time, or you have large pieces like furniture and these bigger items, Schedule a pickup with a charity or a organization that is a local to you or in your area that will do these pickups put all of the things that you are decluttering in one specific spot so that [00:18:00] they can easily pick them up. Sometimes you have to get them out of the home and they have to be at the end of the driveway.

So you will need to make a phone call or go online, figure out where you want. To give all of these items, do. And what their protocol is, and then follow that. And that would be the simplest way to get your, your donations out of the house to remove the clutter as quick as possible. So you think. Am I generating this?

Am I keeping this or is this item trash? And the trash goes to the trash can. And the donations you want to remove from your house. As quick as possible. So that you can start feeling the benefits of all of this hard work that you have been putting in to create a home with significantly less clutter that feels good to you, and that you can enjoy with your family and friends.

Don’t forget to join the Facebook group, scroll down wherever you’re listening to this podcast click on the link to join our Facebook community. Answer those questions. So I know you’re a real person. You’ll be accepted to the group quickly. And then you can join us over there and we can talk about your home organizing decluttering and how you are going to simplify your life in the future. Over in the intentional edit podcast, Facebook group.




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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces.  Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life.  Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority.  While trends come and go organization is always in style!


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