So far, we’ve discussed the first 3 parts of the decluttering action plan:
- Your action goals
- A detailed schedule of the decluttering sessions
- A comprehensive list of the support, the resources and the supplies which have to be organised
Today, we prepare
The last part of the action plan:
- A list of ideas for the disposal of no longer needed items
HOW DO YOU ORGANISE THE DISPOSAL OF ITEMS?
The disposal of all the objects that are going to leave your household has to be organised.
It is better to make a plan – what could go where – before you start to sort out. You don’t want to end up sitting in the middle of various piles of no longer needed stuff, not knowing how to get rid of the clutter!
Consider these disposal options:
Asking family and friends
Talk with family and friends and find out who would be interested in taking furniture and other big items (such as pictures, sport equipment) or in selecting items from the various categories of belongings you intend to clear out (such as books, magazines, clothes, kitchenware, crafts materials, etc.)
Do you plan to sell some items? Do a quick research first (for example, on eBay), to find out whether your assumptions about the current value of your belongings are met by the market.
Giving to charity shops
Visit the charity shops in your area and learn what types of household items they will and won’t accept. Some facilities offer pick-ups at your home, whilst others expect you to drop off at their facility.
Asking the local community
Do some research and find more alternatives for giving away things that are in a good condition or haven’t been used at all. (For example: Does the local library take used books? Is the kindergarten or primary school interested in unused craft supplies?)
Booking council rubbish removals
Contact your local council and get information about the rubbish-removal and recycling services offered in your area.
Are residents provided with free household clean-up collections? (Scheduled? To be booked?) What items do they pick up? What objects and materials does the local recycling centre accept?
Booking a skip
You might consider ordering a skip or booking the services of a professional clean-up company if you have a whole lot to go to landfill. Ask around or search the internet to find suitable service providers.
Knowing exactly where you’ll be able to dispose of the things you intend to discard will make you feel well-prepared. It will make it even easier for you to make let-go decisions.
Some useful addresses and links (in Sydney):
Find your council and rubbish-removal/recycling services
If you are not sure which council takes care of your area: www.olg.nsw.gov.au/find-my-council. Also check here: Sydney City Directory, list of councils: www.sydney-city-directory.com.au/c-page/councils-local.thm .
Organise / buy rubbish bags
Large rubbish bags can be bought at discount shops, Bunnings or other hardware shops, or even at your grocery shop. Make sure that you get strong bags! And plenty of them!
Organise / buy boxes
Walk around your home and collect any empty cardboard boxes or plastic containers that are suitable for collecting and carrying smaller and medium-sized items.
Buy moving boxes at Kennards (kks.com.au/where-we-are/sydney/) or other self-storage centres that often sell not only new but also second-hand boxes at reduced prices.
Charity shops – Visit the shop(s) in your area
Specialised charity organisations
- The Bower, Reuse & Repair Centre, www.bower.org.au – Donations directly to be dropped off at one of the four locations. Free collection in some areas in Sydney – Check website to see which items they will take (e.g. furniture, electronic appliances, books, hardware and tools) and which items they won’t accept (e.g. clothing, linen, office furniture).
- Dandelion Support Network, www.dandelionsupport.org.au – Donations of good quality such as preloved and new nursery furniture and items for babies and children. (Drop off in Caringbah)
- The Beauty Bank, www.thebeautybank.org – Donations of unused and unopened toiletries and makeup, zippered hand bags or tote bags. (Contact them for drop-off points)
- Dress for Success, https://sydney.dressforsuccess.org/ – Donations of (women’s) business/work attire and accessories in excellent condition. (Shop/drop off in Marrickville)
- Dress for Work, www.dressforwork.org.au – Donations of (men’s) business/work clothes, shoes, new socks, hygiene items such as cologne and aftershave. (Drop off at 62 Meredith St, Bankstown)
- Project Uplift, www.upliftbras.org – Donation of new and (in excellent condition) used bras. (A few drop-off points in Sydney)
- Achieve Australia, www.achieveaustralia.org.au – Donations of needlecraft and fabric for sale (Drop off at outlet ‘Fabric, Needlecraft and More Shop’, 112 Bowden Street, Marrickville)
- MobileMuster, www.mobilemuster.com.au – Free mobile phone recycling program. Accept all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories. Drop off at Salvos stores or at one of the 3500 collection points (see website for nearest drop off)
- Lions Recycle for Sight, www.lionsclubs.org.au – Donation of eyeglasses. Collection points at some local Lion Clubs (see website) or post to Lions Recycle for Sight, PO Box 3021, Clontarf MDC 4019.
Skip bin providers
A quick Google search will reveal several of the bigger companies that serve Sydney areas. It also makes sense to ask around / search for a provider who focuses on your suburb.
Selling decluttered items
Sort & Sell (Contact: Lauren Star) – www.sortandsellforyou.com.au
Now start to collect some ideas where you could discard of the things you no longer want to keep.
- Selling on-/offline – Do I have items I don’t want to give away for free? Where and how could I try to sell them?
- Donations to Charity – Charities in my area: Opening times? What do they accept? What not?
- Rubbish removal – When is the next scheduled council pick-up? Shall I order a free council pick-up? Do I need to order a skip?
- Other ideas?