Now that you’ve completed your annual spring cleaning, it’s time to simplify and declutter. Sometimes it can be hard to know where to start, or even what you might need to get rid of.
We’ve compiled a list to help you get started on some items you can automatically throw out, as well as some items you might consider consigning at our shop:
Some items to toss:
- Old magazines: Chances are you aren’t going to read them again.
- Receipts, bills and documents: Throw away receipts for items you aren’t planning to return or that you won’t need at tax time.
- Clothing: Use the two-year rule for clothes – get rid of items you haven’t worn in two years.
- Books: Go through your bookshelves and get rid of books you haven’t touched in months or those you aren’t going to read or re-read.
- Medicine and vitamins: Check out your medicine cabinet and clear out items that have expired or that you no longer have use for. (Before tossing in the trash – which isn’t safe – check and see if your local police department or pharmacy is holding a medicine drop event where you can safely dispose of expired or unused medicines, or check out fda.gov for proper disposal methods.)
- Makeup and perfume: Clean out your beauty stash and toss anything too old or that you don’t use.
- Jewelry: Get rid of broken costume jewelry or sell anything you don’t wear (to us!)
- Food: Rummage through the pantry, fridge, and shelves and clear out items that are old, unused or downright questionable.
- Memorabilia: If you have cards or other memorabilia scattered around without any purpose, check and see if there’s some you’re willing to part with. Save the super sentimental items and part with the rest
- Old product boxes
- Hangers from the dry cleaner’s/Plastic hangers from a retail store
Items to consider selling:
- Extra dishware: Have an entire set of dishware or matching glassware that is sitting on a shelf in a China cabinet collecting dust? We’ll take a look at it.
- Jewelry: If you don’t wear it there’s no use in keeping it. But we can probably find it a new owner if you bring it into the shop.
- Rugs and home decor stashed in the garage or attic: If you haven’t used it because you’ve redecorated then it’s time for it to find a new home.
- Knick knacks and other home decor that doesn’t make you smile when you look at it.
- Holiday decor you never remember to put out.
- Unused vases: You probably only need two or three (I mean, how often do you actually have fresh flowers in the house?) Send the rest our way and see if we can get you some extra cash!
- Fancy serving bowls you haven’t used in the last year. Someone out there is going all-out for a dinner party next week and your dusty serving bowl is exactly what they’re looking for.
- Artwork: You redecorated or your taste has changed and you’ve likely got some artwork stacked up in a closet. Dust it off and drop it by the shop where we’re always on the lookout for unique and popular artwork to add to our ever changing stock.
Once you’ve decluttered and decided what you no longer use or need. Come pay us a visit at Second Sale Consignments. We buy furniture, jewelry, art, housewares, decor, lighting and more. We also purchase silver, gold, single items or entire estates! So while you’re making your house a more inviting environment by getting rid of unused items, put some extra cash in your pocket by consigning them to us!
Stay tuned for our next blog where we’ll give you some ideas for organizing and storing items in your home, to help you complete the whole spring cleaning process!