Decluttering your junk and what to do with it afterwards
With Christmas just around the corner it’s a great time of year to have a clear out – after all, it won’t be long until the house is bursting with food, presents and people, so why not take the opportunity now to declutter and get rid of some of the junk piling up? From tackling the clutter head on to what to do with it afterwards, here’s some advice on decluttering your junk and finding it a new home.
Toys, games, books
If you have kids in the house, they will quickly grow tired or grow out of games and toys that were gifted to them in years gone past, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still bring someone joy. Many charity shops will welcome donations like this or you can donate them to local playgroups or nurseries where they can still be enjoyed for years to come. With Christmas on the way, it’s likely that these will soon be replaced, so they are unlikely to be missed.
Donate your old clothing to local charity shops where it can be sold to raise money to support important local causes. If they aren’t in a good enough condition to be re-sold, you can cut them up to make cleaning cloths to use around the house for chores. If you have donated clothing, old bedding, curtains or other fabrics that can’t be resold, these can still be reused and made into new things like car seats or padding. Don’t just assume that nothing can be done with old fabrics – donate them and you’ll find that textiles rarely get sent to landfill.
Old games, DVDs, CDs and books that you don’t need are just cluttering up your living space and adding to the everyday chaos (not to mention a pain to clean and tidy around). However, help is at hand - you can sell them online or through high street stores to make some extra cash and take control of your living room again, or if you don’t want to sell them, donate or give them to friends or family who want them.
Your old PCs, laptops, mobile phones and tablets can quickly date and be replaced by newer, faster technology but that doesn’t mean they don’t still have some value. Instead of throwing them away to end up in landfill, donate them to charities who can restore them and send them to community groups who can make use of them again.
When it comes to decluttering your junk, if you can’t find a new use for it or can’t recycle it responsibly, make sure you dispose of it with care. Check the recycling guidelines to see how much, if any, of your unwanted stuff can be recycled, and remember with things like laptops and mobile phones the batteries might have to be recycled separately.