It’s almost impossible to keep the clutter from building up in an apartment, and you may find that your formerly spacious apartment home has become a little crowded in the past few years. Before you decide to search for a new apartment because your current home feels too cluttered, consider these tips for decluttering your apartment.
Not Sure What to Keep and What to Donate?
It’s not uncommon to feel some attachment to the stuff you own, particularly if an item offers some good memories associated with it. However, it’s not necessary to keep absolutely every item you own over the course of your apartment residency. It’s always a good idea to go through your possessions about once a year to figure out if you’re storing items that would be better off in the donation or recycling bin.
For example, if you move from a place where it snows to a location without snow, you might be able to donate some of your winter wardrobe since you probably won’t have a use for it anymore.
The blog at Rent.com offers some good advice regarding knowing when to toss something and when to keep it:
“For one, if it’s damaged, it should be thrown away, no exceptions. Also, if it’s spent more than six months unused, you likely won’t miss it if you get rid of it. For clothes, if you haven’t worn a garment in over a year, it should be donated– that way you don’t get rid of seasonal clothes you may need in a few months.”
While you might not want to get rid of the skis you use every few years on a winter vacation, consider the hassle of storing them for years against the price of renting a set of skis or a snowboard for a few days on your vacation. Rentals aren’t that expensive if you only use them once a year or once every few years.
Use Social Media to Help the Decluttering Process
When you clean your apartment and look for items you don’t need anymore you may wish to look into using social media and the internet to help you in your quest for a clean apartment. Not only can you use sites like Craigslist and eBay to sell the items you don’t use anymore, but you can also find help from other sources like Facebook.
As you declutter your apartment, you can put items into separate piles for trash, recycling, sales, and donations. If you’re trying to sell something, try your friends on Facebook or the people you know at work and/or school. You might find that the snowboard you never use anymore is exactly what one of your friends has been looking for in advance of an upcoming vacation.
If your apartment is truly cluttered and you have a room’s worth of items to get rid of, you may want to donate them and use the donation to reduce your taxes. Charitable donations can replace the “standard deduction” on your tax return, and if you donate enough, you might be able to reduce how much you owe at the end of the year.
(Contacting an accountant to ask for specifics on this tax reduction option is never a bad idea)
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