Winter is a perfect time for decluttering. Decluttering is a productive, healthy activity because it makes room for new items you might buy at other times of the year, and also makes your home easier to clean. Unfortunately, the problem with decluttering is trying to get rid of the items you no longer need.

If you recently engaged in a decluttering effort but don’t know what to do with the remaining items, we can help. Below, we’ve listed a number of methods for offloading items you no longer need. From selling to donating items, you can turn your old stuff into something useful and valuable – if not for you, then for someone else.

List Expensive Items Online

Any item that cost a lot of money when you purchased it may re-sell for a high price, depending on how well you cared for it, how old it is and how desirable the item is to others.

Expensive electronics, collectible items, antiques, and furnishings are all the kinds of items you may be able to sell for a good price. Not sure how to sell your items? Try Facebook Marketplace, eBay,, Craigslist, or even your personal social media pages.

Give Away Items to Friends and Family

It’s hard to get rid of sentimental items, but when the time comes, you don’t have to throw them away. Instead, turn them into heirlooms! Give your sentimental items to friends and family. By matching the right sentimental items with the right family members, you can turn your sentimental items into meaningful gifts.


Items that wouldn’t sell or your family didn’t want can be donated to charities, churches, or homeless shelters in your area. Research donation centers in your area or contact non-profit organizations (like churches) that are known to be generous to others.

Whatever is leftover is likely trash. Throw away or recycle whatever you weren’t able to give away or sell. Keep in mind that some items could be considered useful to others. Scraps of metal, material, electronics, and mechanical items with functioning parts – these are items that you may be able to give away to someone. Consider listing these items for free online.

After your decluttering effort, keep your house cleaner with help from a professional cleaning service. Contact Swept Away in Cincinnati to get a free quote for services.