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There comes a time in every homeowner's life when clutter starts infringing on more and more of their living space. Chances are, it's happening to you, right now! It begins to take hold in your basement, garage, and attic, but before you know it, every closet in your house turns into a repository for old electronics, duplicate wedding gifts, and outgrown or out-of-style clothes. The more clutter that accumulates, the more difficult it is to store, locate, and organize the things you actually value. While few of us would fit the category of a compulsive hoarder, just about everyone saves things they have no use for. If you've lived in the same house for at least a decade, you've probably accumulated more than your share of unneeded, space-consuming possessions. Strategies for Clutter Control So what can you do if you want to reclaim your living space, organize your storage areas, and improve the overall look and feel of your home? Five options worth considering are to hold a garage sale, donate unwanted belongings to local charities and non-profit organizations, find consignment stores interested in selling your items for a percentage of the sale, use free or low-cost advertising methods to sell things you don't want, and -- last but not least -- call a competitively priced junk removal service to haul it away. By shopping around, you can often get a really good deal on junk removal services. As a side note, however, you might want to make sure you're hiring someone who will dispose of your junk responsibly -- especially things like cans of paint, old TV's, computers, air conditioners, refrigerators, and freezers, which could damage the environment. The Pros and Cons of Garage Sales Although it can be time consuming to gather items you want to sell, stick price tags on everything, place classified ads, put up signs, and carry out all those old toys, books, clothing, small appliances, and furniture to your driveway at 7:00 o'clock on a Saturday morning, garage sales can be a good way to reduce clutter and fatten your wallet -- at least for a week or two! How much money you make depends on several factors, including the extent of your advertising, the weather, your pricing and negotiating ability, and the value of your unwanted household stuff. One of the best ways to attract more people and maximize your earning potential is to coordinate a multi-neighbor garage sale. Bargain hunters love to flock to neighborhood yard sales because they can find much more of what they're looking for, without having to drive all over town. The Benefits of Donating One way to give back to your community and help those who are less fortunate is by donating your old belongings to charitable organizations and non-profit groups. Not only will you be upgrading your own living space by reducing clutter, but you'll also be helping families in your area who might be lacking furniture, sufficient clothing, working appliances, or basic household supplies. In addition to the feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping others, the donation may also qualify for a tax deduction. Whether your objective is to make your home more livable or prepare it for the next owner, getting rid of clutter represents a giant step toward achieving those goals.