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Chucking Clutter

How to Dispose of Unwanted Items


So you’re getting organized. That’s great! You might be wondering- what do I do with all this stuff? That’s a good question. Lots of people ask my the same exact question. The way I see it is that you can approach it in two different ways. There is no wrong way, unless you toss everything in the garbage. That’s just wasteful and our landfills don’t need more stuff. So here are my suggestions.  

First Option for Disposing Clutter is.... Keeping it super simple.

1. Use your garbage can. Anything that can’t be recycled or donated goes here.

2. Find a local charity in your neighborhood. If the item(s) you’d like to donate is in good condition then drop it off at the charity. A good rule of thumb to follow here is - if your friend or neighbor would find it useful or helpful then so would the charity. Don’t donate anything broken, dirty, missing pieces, or completed outdated (i.e. a record player). Examples of local charities that are in many cities around the United States are Salvation Army and Goodwill.  Your local library is perfect for dropping off books.

3. Determine your city, county or village’s recycling options and then follow them.  More and more townships and local villages are becoming resourceful in directing people to the appropriate recycling centers. 

Second Option for Disposing Clutter is.... taking it to the next level.

While organizing, I often come across so many unique collections, collected works, or sets of items. Some homeowners find satisfaction in scouting out and finding worthy receivers as they disseminate their things. This can take much effort and time. However, if it is worth it to my clients, then I encourage them to do so.

Recycling can also become very time consuming. You can’t always take paint, batteries, computer parts, and paper to the same recycling plant. Of course, I’m all for recycling. I’d recommend though if you’re short on time or patience, work on the large amounts of items that make the most impact. Sometimes we get so bogged down on details that we don’t get anywhere or make head way. 

Where do you drop off local donations? Which website has been a great resource for your recycling efforts? 





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