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Episode 67 – What to do with unwanted gifts

In this podcast, we talk about decluttering unwanted gifts you recieved over the holiday season. It's always hard to know what to do when you receive a gift you aren't fond of as we feel ungrateful or guilty. We talk about the emotions we feel and the actions we can take if we decide to focus on decluttering unwanted gifts.

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It would be so nice if our homes were visitor ready year round but invariably they’re not and we always have a flurry of new clients wanting to declutter so they can feel proud of their homes when family and friends come to visit. 

As a declutterer I have close encounters with people’s bad shopping decisions time after time. For me, if you’ve bought it, not used it and often can’t remember even buying it, it’s a no brainer to let it go to someone else who can enjoy it. For most of the year the options of where to offload your stuff are fairly standard:

  • Family and friends (but please make sure they actually want your stuff so you're not just starting a huge pass the clutter parcel game
  • Ebay, Gumtree, local Facebook selling sites
  • Charity Shops
  • Freecycle

But year round there are lots of brilliant ways to pass on your stuff and feel your impulsive purchase was not wasted. It’s called gift recycling. To be fair, it’s something that many people are uncomfortable with but as we all work towards a society with less waste it’s worth thinking about. December in particular is a time for reflection on the year past, thanking those who’ve helped us and for thinking about those less fortunate. There are infinite opportunities to give gifts and extend kindness.

  • Teachers, TAs, lunchtime assistants, lollipop people (I’m pretty sure they’re not called lollipop people anymore so if someone wants to enlighten me I’d be grateful!)
  • Toy appeals
  • Foodbanks
  • Secret Santa gifts
  • School and church fairs
  • Bottle tombolas

There are lots of possibilities. This list only scratches the surface. Why don't you let us know in the comments below if you can think of any other great ideas for regifting.

All you need to do is a good search around your home, look in drawers, wardrobes, in your food cupboards, in the loft, spare room. Gather your unwanted things together, make sure they are in date/not too dusty/still in fashion and gift away. 

Let the guilt go – despite your worst fears Auntie Beryl isn’t going to pop round and demand to know why you’re not wearing your Britney Spears slippers but someone somewhere is going to be delighted with them! And you are one step closer to that clutter free home. It’s a Win Win situation.

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