Do you find yourself surrounded by items and clutter, but you aren’t sure what to do with them? If you are in need of a clear out, it can be a daunting task to start but the payoff can be great.
You will be able to create a clearer living space, get rid of the items you no longer need or use, and perhaps even discover belongings that you forgot you owned. What do you do with the items that you no longer need, or use for their original purpose?
There are plenty of ways to give new life to old furniture or clothes, and here are a few ideas to give you some inspiration and get your started.
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If your soft furnishings are looking a little worse for wear but are still functioning, then it could be time to get them reupholstered. This is much more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than just throwing them away and buying a new item, especially if is it is not actually broken. You could take an item to be professionally reupholstered, to make sure that the job is done properly.
Some items of furniture or soft furnishings may just need a professional deep clean to get them looking fresh and new again. Even if an item is broken, it may not be beyond repair, and there are plenty of experts and services that will be able to give you the best advice when it comes to salvaging your furniture.
Reusing and recycling items is a good excuse to get creative and use your imagination. If you are already crafty, then this can be a good way to explore new skills such as sewing or knitting, in order to turn old items into new ones.
Visiting an arts and crafts store can give you some inspiration and guidance on how to alter or transform items properly and safely, or you could take them to a professional.
For example, you could turn your old clothes into pillow cases or throws, making amazing quilts out of the old material.
Quilting is a great use of old fabric scraps, and leaves you with a totally unique item. It is also handy if you have clothing that you no longer wear, but don’t want to get rid of for sentimental purposes. This way, the fabric is still used in a new way, and it is not taking up extra space any more.
When you have items that you no longer need, or don’t have room for, then donating them is a good way to make more space, without contributing to waste or landfill.
Many places can pick up your unwanted items, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to transport them. Depending on to whom and where you donate your unwanted belongings, it could be resold for charity, or used by others.
Donating items means that you can get rid of them faster, whereas when you sell them, you will need to hang on to them until someone buys them.
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