PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – How much stuff is hidden in your house and you have no idea where it is or what is even there?
Tidying up our living space is no small task, and Leslie McKee of McKee Organizing says start with one simple rule.
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“I say if you haven’t touched it in a year you should really think about what to do with it.”
The thought “I could use this one day” is the most common disadvantage of the debugging process. “We hear that and then try to do a reality check,” says McKee.
When asked to help, McKee and her crew set up categories. “Everything is either active, referenced or archived. We want your active things around you to be the things you use all the time and put away reference things and then archive things that are also kept in a less accessible area. “
Everything outside of these categories has to go. “If you can’t find it and it gets ruined and it doesn’t increase in value, it’s not really a collection and it’s time to think about getting rid of it.”
McKee says there are plenty of places ready and willing to take your stuff with you. “Goodwill, American Legion, Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Vincent DePaul and Construction Junction” can take your stuff that might be used by someone else.
But first you have to make a commitment to parting with something, and McKee says that often people hold onto things just because they’ve had it for years and feel obliged to keep something they really don’t need or want.
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So what about getting rich and selling your stuff? This is rare, and McKee says a good indicator of the value of your stuff is when you offer it to family or friends and they aren’t interested. Put it on the market for sale, but McKee warns, “Don’t be disappointed. The marketplace will really tell you what is important. “
She says start doing some surf research. “When you have something, you can look it up by a model number, year of manufacture, or brand that you want to see when selling online. Facebook marketplace, Let Go, Next Door, these are small platforms that people get involved with every day and that they use all the time. “
McKee says other listings of similar items will give you an idea of what price to set. “Look at the selling price, not what people are trying to sell things for. The good news is that we have so many resources. The bad news is that the markets are flooded. “
According to McKee, flea markets are rarely profitable and really just a reason to keep your belongings longer. “Often at the flea market you have no idea how many people are coming. You don’t know your audience. It could be a rainy day and it is a lot of work. “
You may be able to get back some money you spent on your clothes, but the clock is ticking. McKee says, “Make the decision quickly. Don’t wait 5 to 10 years to make the decision. Do it every year when things have a chance to get more topical. “And the clothes have to be in good condition. Most clothes are better than donation.
As for your antiques that you finally want to let go of. “There are so many people who have this, and I think you know that you have to call some reputable dealers to understand the real value of these antiques.” She suggests going to a place that sells antiques and what they would pay for it.
But in general, furniture is difficult to sell. McKee says people are looking for “shabby chic” or project furniture. So don’t expect much on furniture, even if it’s very popular.
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While you might not get a gust of wind cleaning up your clutter, McKee says that the gust of wind is the amount of space you get back in your home, what it adds is your biggest investment.