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Regardless of how often you hit the shops or how often you clean and organize your belongings, things are bound to pile up after a certain period of time. One way to prevent clutter in your life is to make it a mission to donate any unwanted items to charity. Donating unwanted items to charity is a way to give back to your community, help others in need and tidy up your living space in the process.

So how can you get started? It's easy. Set aside a weekend to de-clutter your life. Do a serious clean and organization of every room in the house at least twice a year. Take all the items that you don't need anymore and set them aside. Make a family day out of it by asking your kids, spouse or lease co-signer to help out. Give them each a box and let them pick and choose what items they are finished with and ready to part with.

With each item you are going to need to determine what you want to do with it. Leave broken items out of the charity boxes and instead put them straight into the rubbish bin. You may want to put them into piles such as clothing, shoes, bags, knick knacks, furniture, books, toys, movies, CD's, electronics, outside gear, etc. Charity organizations, such as the Salvation Army, will be happy to take all sorts of items as long as they are still in okay condition and work.

There are a number of charities that will be happy to take your stuff. Some provide drop boxes in parking lots while others offer free pickup if you give them a call. Look for a local charity in your area that you feel passionate about and give them a call. Daycares, children centers, second hand shops and organizations are only a few of the places to consider when donating unwanted items to charity.

Selling your Second Hand Items

In addition to donating items to charity there are plenty of other ways to get rid of extra clutter in your life. If you have friends or family members that may be having a child soon, then set aside books, toys and children's clothing for them. Hand-me-downs are lifesavers for new parents, as you most likely are fully aware of.

If you want to make a little money on your old gear, then consider having a garage sale. Set aside one weekend to set up your old items and let others from around your area come and shop. Yu can advertise your garage sale in the local paper and put up flyers near your home. Garage sales are a great way to make a few hundred bucks for furniture and other items that are still in good condition but they do take a little planning and organization.

Or, if you don't have the time, sell your items on eBay or another trading website online. You do not have to auction the items but this is a good way to have some fun with your second-hand goods. However, you can also set a price and see if you get any bites.

Whether you are looking to help someone out or are looking to make a little income, there are so many different things you can do with your old items besides simply throwing them away or storing them in the spare room. De-clutter your life by donating unwanted items to charity and feel good about doing so in the process. Take the time to look for charities in your area and only donate items that are in good or okay condition.

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