Clear out with a clear conscience
When it’s time to move – it’s time for a clear out. Some relish the chance to declutter whereas others find this part of the house move time consuming and have no idea what to do with all the clutter – other than multiple trips to the recycling centre. It is also hard to say goodbye to some loved items that are no longer required, but finding furniture and other items a good home is not far away!
So here is our handy guide to decluttering with a conscience!
Posting on this website gives your unwanted items a new home for free. As the website says: ‘It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and neighbourhoods. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills’. Post your item and someone in need will collect the item at a time to suit.
Make up and cosmetics that you bought that doesn’t suit might be easily destined for the bin but Women’s Refuge Centres are desperate for your cast offs. When women arrive it is often with no personal belongings so having the chance to put on some make up and feel a bit ‘normal’ is invaluable for these women in need. Look out for local refuges in need or donate your unwanted cosmetics to Droppoint
DropPoint also helps you pass on your unused clutter to charitable organisations across the UK. Turn clutter into something good with DropPoint! The charitable foundation says: ‘We all have possessions we don’t use cluttering up our living spaces and selling or throwing away what we’ve previously loved can be daunting. Your clutter can have a real impact on charitable groups, but who needs what and how do you get it to them? We believe items always deserve a second chance and nothing is waste until you waste it. The fantastic reality is your unused items can really make a difference to others in need.’ For more information how to donate visit their website
Local Facebook for Sale or Wanted
These free sites on Facebook have a wealth of items which people are either selling or giving away. It’s easy to post and being a local site then the recipient can easily pop along and collect from you. Everyone is happy!
You can book a free collection to donate furniture and electrical items that the BHF can sell in their shops.
They collect all sorts of items including:
• Sofas, suites, armchairs
• Tables, chairs, desks, cabinets
• Beds, mattresses and other bedroom furniture
• TVs, Hi-Fis, washing machines, small electricals
• Valuable or specialist items – our dedicated team of experts will ensure that we receive the best resale value possible
They can also collect bags of clothes, books, DVDs, toys and more at the same time. Click on their website to book your free collection.
If it all seems too overwhelming and you don’t know where to start then a professional Declutter specialist might be the ticket! The Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO) have a website which will link you to an expert in your location. Decluttereres can also help you prepare your home to go in the market in addition to helping you streamline ahead of a move. For example, Halo (Home and Lifestyle Organising) based in Seer Green will: ‘help you understand what is important in your life and which possessions will support your goals.’
With so many options to ‘declutter and do good’ then your clear out will leave you with a clear and content conscience!