So it's the new year, the kids are back at school and you're finally ready to start the big clearout you've been meaning to get round to.
But what are you doing to do with all the bags of stuff you no longer need?
For precious drawings you want to preserve, try one of these apps, which enable you to photograph, catalogue and arrange your favourite images in a virtual library:
Artkive (apple and android)
Keepy (apple and android)
If you can't bear to throw the originals away, keep a memory box for each child's important memorabilia. Revisit and edit each year, only keep what you can fit in the box.
Ikea have a curtain hanging system called Dignitet. It's a wire with clips suspended between two hooks and is ideal to use as a picture gallery. Hang your favourite artwork and pictures and change the display when it's full.
If you want to sell some of your unwanted stuff, try these websites:
musicmagpie.co.uk - for CDs, DVDs, computer games and electronic goods
ziffit.com and zapper.co.uk - for books, CDs, DVDs, computer games, electronics
amazon.co.uk - have trade-in prices for books and games. You are paid in Amazon credit.
If you would prefer someone else to sell your items for you on ebay or other auction websites (for a cut of the proceeds) try:
Give it Away
freecycle.org - you sign up to your local area, advertise what you have to give away and it will be collected by the recipient.
charitychoice.co.uk - helps you choose which charity to donate your goods to
frn.org.uk - is a furniture re-use organisation that will help you find a local place to donate unwanted furniture
thebikeproject.co.uk - for unwanted bicycles
barnetfurniturecentre.org - will collect good quality donated furniture, which they sell on