6 Organization Tips for Repurposing Your Clutter

Pile of clutter

We’ve rounded up some of the most useful organization tips to make your junk useful again.

You’re feeling really proud of yourself: You’ve finally decluttered your home! You’re now sitting with a gigantic pile of rubble in front of you… and have no idea what to do with it. (Womp, womp.)

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to repurpose your clutter, and here are 6 organization tips to get you started:

1. Yard Sale
This is one of those classic organization tips that never goes out of style: Have a yard sale! Get the entire family in on the action, make a weekend of it and turn your junk into extra coin.

2. Sell Online
Websites like Craigslist, Kijiji and of course eBay are great places to sell your items online. Make sure to take clear photos of each item and write clear descriptions that include any wear and tear (it helps to take close-up shots of these flaws too).

If you’re like me and just want the clutter gone already, here’s one of my newly discovered organization tips: Ship everything to Amazon. They’ll store and ship all of your items as they sell on their website. Here’s a fantastic tutorial to get you started.

3. Give away
If you’re not a big fan of yard sales but don’t want to throw your items out either, post what you want to give away on Freecycle. People in your area will see your listing and you can coordinate a pick-up time that’s convenient for both of you. Easy breezy.

4. Donate
There are plenty of ways to donate your items to good causes. Here are just a few examples to get those gears turning:

  • The Women’s Alliance helps provide disadvantaged women with the tools, education and support to become self-sufficient through employment. Through their local chapters, you can donate your old clothing and accessories to help women nail their interviews.
  • Donate Games is dedicated to supporting children with rare diseases through repurposing video games and related devices.
  • Sports Gift takes your old baseball mitts, bats, and other sports-related gear and donates them to needy children in the U.S. and abroad.

5. Give to Friends
Setup everything you don’t want in one room, and anytime you have friends, family or neighbors over, tell them to take a browse and see if there’s anything they’d like for themselves. If you’d like to get rid of your clutter as quickly as possible, turn it into a weekend clearance event.

6. Regift
How many of you are guilty for buying something and then never taking it out of the box? How many of you have pieces of clothing that still have tags attached? (Bashfully raises hand.) Let’s face it: If you were going to use/wear them, you would have by now. Think about the people in your life and designate each item as an upcoming Christmas or birthday gift.

When it comes to clutter, what organization tips do you live by?

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Krissy Brady

Krissy Brady is a women’s health + lifestyle writer who’s so out of shape, it’s like she has the innards of an 80-year-old. Instead of learning how to crochet, she decided to turn her emotional baggage into a writing career (genius, no?). You can follow her shenanigans on Twitter (you know, if you want).