Donate, Keep, Sell, or Throw Away?

Categories: Home Improvement, Self-Storage

When decluttering, a question that usually pops up is, “what should I do with this?” You then will spend a bit of precious time thinking about it. With spring cleaning time right around the corner, it will help save time by knowing what to donate, keep, or throw away.


  • You shouldn’t donate broken or moderately damaged items
  • Don’t donate something that no one wants, like an opened food box.
  • Donate something valuable that can bring joy or support someone’s needs.
  • Good examples of items to donate are:
    • Clothes that aren’t damaged
    • Working electronics
    • Toys
    • Furniture
    • Sporting Goods
    • Shoes
    • Musical Instruments
    • Bikes
    • Art
    • Jewelry
    • Books
    • Costumes
    • Canned Foods
    • Board Games
    • School Supplies
    • Backpacks
    • Dishes
    • Pillows
    • Blankets
    • Brooms
    • Mops
    • Towels etc.
  • You’ll feel good about helping those in need.

Throw Away

  • Consider throwing away items that are too damaged to donate or have no value to anyone.
    • Broken toys
    • Broken electronics
    • Damaged clothes.
    • Open food
    • Used toiletries.
    • Moderately damaged furniture


  • Consider keeping sentimental things you’ll need again, such as
    • Holiday décor and costumes
    • Winter or Spring clothes
    • Retro video game consoles
    • Photo Albums
    • Items that will be worth a lot of money in the future
    • Baby and children’s clothes
  • The best way to declutter when you want to keep items is to rent a self storage unit


  • There’s no guarantee that someone will buy your items.
  • You might make so of your money back.
  • You have the selling options of a yard sale, pawn shop, video game store, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, or Amazon.
  • It can take a while to sell online, which makes this decluttering option the slowest. Also, some people might haggle with you to get your items at a lower price.

There are a variety of decluttering options for the space needs of your home, and Tellus Self Storage can assist you with your decluttering needs by storing the items you want to keep.