I wrote last week about How to Declutter. However if you are like me, you will not want to throw unwanted items in the bin that are not broken or completely out of date. There are three underlying reasons for this:
- We live in a throw-away society, rapidly using up the Earth’s resources. Re-use must be a better option.
- The item maybe of use to someone else.
- The item maybe worth something.
If you agree with one or all of these statements, then there are a number of ways to get rid of your ‘stuff’ without adding to the rubbish dump.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure
- Selling from the comfort of your home. There are several sites where you can sell your unwanted items. eBay is the obvious one, with posts going around the UK and beyond. Make sure you know how much the item costs to post so that you don’t make a loss on the item.
- Sites such as Shpock, GumTree and Craiglist are also available and generally work on a local and collection only basis, so that you don’t have to worry about postage. Great for larger items.
- Freecycle is a site for free items to find new homes. It won’t earn you any money, but at least you know the item is being rehomed.
- Go to a car boot sale. These can be great fun. Make sure you know your prices before you go and be prepared to haggle. You can make quite a good profit and have a laugh at the same time.
- A garage sale or garden sale. Why not set up a table outside your house? You’ll get to know your neighbours better, uncover your sales patter and make some money. Maybe offer a free cold drink on a hot day to attract the punters.
- If you have a lot of old and let’s face it, heavy books, then you could always sell them to a local used book shop. Alternatively, donate them to a local library, give them away to friends or donate them to a charity shop.
- Charity. If you don’t have the time or inclination to sell your stuff, then why not give it to charity? High street charity shops will take smaller, non-electrical items and other specialist charities will take furniture and electrical goods. Some are council run and some independent, so check around your local area. Some even collect large pieces of furniture.
- Unwanted food, if within the use-by date could be donated to local food banks.
- Blankets and towels that you no longer need could be used by the local animal shelters, who are always on the lookout for animal bedding.
- Recycling is better than landfill. Local recycling centres will take your unwanted items and ensure that they are recycled in the best way.
I’m sure there are other positive ways to find a home for your unwanted items. Please add your ideas in the comments section below and let’s help reduce landfill. Next week I’ll look at whether you have gone Clutter Blind?
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