Posted by K Clark on Monday, January 25, 2016 Under: Homecare
Embarking on a task like decluttering can be an emotional experience. We can form attachments to objects, sometimes long after they are useful to us, so letting them go can feel hard. Often knowing that the items are going to a new home or will be put to a new use can make this process easier to manage. Below are some ideas and suggestions of ways of disposing of some hoarded or unwanted items.
Books can be easy items to rehome, especially if they are in a good condition. In this instance you could list them for sale on Amazon or Ebay. When listing items be honest about their condition and be realistic when setting a price. If you are unsure what price to list them for you can check similar listings and price yours in line with those. If it's on Ebay then taking a bit of time to photograph items will help. Where possible take photographs in natural sunlight as these will look more attractive to potential buyers and give a more accurate view of the books appearance.
Another option is to find your nearest Books for Free shop and drop off any unwanted books there. Also charity shops will often take books and some, such as Oxfam bookshop, sell just books and music. You could also look on book exchange websites, such as Read it Swap It, or list items for free on your local Freecycle group.
Paper and card
Items such as newspapers, magazines, wrapping paper and brown, cardboard packaging can be placed into your paper recycling bin. If you don't have recycling bins where you live contact your local council and ask about home recycling schemes and see what services run in your local area. Unused arts and craft materials could be donated to a scrap store which allows them to be used by schools, charities, local artists and art groups.
Fresh fruit and vegetables that are past their best can be put in a compost bin. If you don't have a garden or allotment then check with your local council to out whether they offer a collection service for compostable waste. Unopened and in-date tins, jars and dry foods, like pasta, rice and cereal, can be donated to your local food bank. To find your nearest foodbank visit the Trussell Trust. Foodbanks also accept other items such as unopened toiletries, household items like toilet rolls and unopened sanitary items like nappies and women's sanitary wear.
Glass bottle and jars
Empty glass bottles and jars can be recycled either as part of your household recycling scheme or by visiting your nearest glass recycling bank. Contact your local council for more details.
Furniture and electrical items
These items can often be donated to larger charity shops or furniture recycling schemes. When donating these items it's best to ring the store ahead of time to check whether they are able take these items as not all stores accept electrical items and they may not have space for larger items of furniture. Some schemes also offer a collection service and this can be especially helpful for larger or heavy items like furniture.
Toys and games
If the toys are in good condition you may be able to sell them on Ebay. Alternatively your local charity shop or toy library may be able to take these items. To find out whether you have a toy library near you contact your local council, citizens advice bureau, library or child and family services.
Clothes, shoes and accessories
Items such as clothing and footware can be donated to charity shops or dropped off into specialised clothes bins. If you have items such as coats, jumpers, fleeces, sleeping bags or blankets then you could call your nearest nightshelter or Salvation Army as these items are often needed by people using their services.
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