What Do I Do With It?

You’ve gone through your things and decided what you want to let go of. Congratulations! Now, what are you going to do with them? Not knowing where they are going means they remain in your possession, and the possibility of not letting them go.

This is a block many people face when decluttering. They aren’t sure what to do with an item, so they keep it until they decide. And a decision is not made, so the item (or items) remain as clutter.

Of course, the easiest thing to do is to simply throw every unwanted item in the trash. If you are like me, however, you hate creating unnecessary trash. Fortunately, there are other ways to remove things from your home. Here’s some ideas:

Give Away

Who do you know that could use some of your things? A friend, family member, co-worker are some people to think about. Also consider listing it online as a freebie. Craigslist, Facebook groups (search for them and be sure to follow the groups rules) or any other publication that posts free items. Maybe host a party with friends where everyone brings certain items (clothes, books, household items) they no longer want for everyone else to look through. (Read here for the benefits of giving away.)


Most charities take clothing and household items in good shape, and many will come pick up large items. Be sure to check before donating, and remember to get a receipt for the tax write-off (check with your tax preparer to see exactly what you need).


This one is the most time consuming, but if you have items of value, it can be worth it. The other challenge is that your things remain in your possession longer and may become clutter again. Be selective about what you try to sell, and put a time limit on how long your try to sell it.

Where to sell? Craigslist, Ebay, Facebook Swip-Swap groups (search Facebook for groups near you and read their rules). Consignment stores in your area offer another option. Hold a garage sale (and get neighbors or family members to go in with you for more items)


If the items aren’t worth selling or giving away, see if you can recycle them in your community.


Some things just need to go in the trash. If allowed in your community, place items beside your trash bin on trash day to allow people to take them.

**Please note: hazardous materials have special requirements for disposal. Do NOT just put them in the trash. Know your local laws and options for safe, legal disposal.

Now you have some ideas to help you determine what to do with things you have decluttered. As you go through items in your home, put them in groups of where they will go when you finish. Get them out of your house as soon as possible, and enjoy the space you have worked hard to create!