I love a good decluttering process. However, I find that the only thing which really ruins the post-de-cluttering joy is the disposable solutions of all unwanted goods. It feels terrible when you have piles of clothing, furniture, books or gifts which no longer spark joy in your life and you need to give them away. And while it feels so good to walk through a clean and clutter-free home, the excess of stuff left over always makes me feel ungrateful.
Gradually, I’m learning that through my own de-cluttering process, I actually have the ability to share my unwanted goods with people and families who do want them. One man’s trash truly is another’s treasure.
So this blog post is all about these disposable solutions which encourage guilt-free de-cluttering!
1. Op-Shop Drops
Be sure to keep your local op shop in mind. They usually gratefully accept unwanted clothing, furniture, books, linen or kitchenware which is still in good nick. Not to mention, the Salvation Army does a wonderful pick-up service which is perfect for large furniture items or heavy boxes! I love to donate a box of clothing each season as I review my closet and declutter my space. You’re doing good in your community and enabling others to benefit from you having a de-cluttered home. Really, it’s a win-win.
2. Local Food Banks
For excess food, your local food bank is a great option. They kindly accept donations of non-perishable foods! Be sure to check out the Foodbank website www.foodbank.co.nz to find your local food bank.
3. Facebook Marketplace
Sell your furniture online and get a little extra cash! Things usually sell rather quickly and we’ve only had positive experiences!
4. Women’s Refuge
Got some unopened toiletry items? Perhaps you have a few clothes or accessories which need a new home? Or a lovely set of linen/sheets? Be sure to think of your local Women’s Refuge Centre. A lovely donation like this could seriously make someone’s day.
They love donations of unopened pet food, pet toys, linen (except duvet inners, pillow, and pillowcases) and pet supplies. Their opshops also collect furniture, clothing, and linen which can raise money for the cause!
6. Local Recycling & Rubbish Centres
For all rubbish or goods which aren’t of the high-enough quality to donate, your local rubbish centre is your best bet. Often, they also have a recycling centre where they take all goods which still have some sort of use, these are usually tools, fishing nets/gear, and everything in-between!
If you’re currently in the process of decluttering your home using the KonMari Method via our Junk Free June Workbook - go you! We hope some of these disposable solutions will help you clear out your homes quickly, efficiently and guilt-free. Know that the belongings which no longer give you joy, have been mindfully disposed of and can hopefully give joy to others in the future!
From our home to yours,
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