How to Dispose of Items You No Longer Need

by Jess Rehll - February 8, 2022

There are few things that are as special as getting your home organized and clutter free, at any time of the year. But there is one thing that always comes up with decluttering and organizing your home: waste. There is a lot that you can do to get rid of unwanted items, but there are some ways that are better than others. Here are the three best things you can do to dispose of items you no longer need.

Sell Them

Many people underestimate what people are willing to buy from them. Just because you may no longer want or need something doesn’t mean that someone else doesn’t want exactly what you have. Selling is a great choice for things like well-cared-for clothing, and any sort of devices, electronics, or appliances that still work but you have upgraded from since. Don’t sell broken or defective items, but Family Handyman says you can make an extra few bucks here and there by selling the things in your home that you no longer use.

If you can’t sell your items that are in good working condition, then the next best thing that you can do with them is donate them. This is especially true of clothing, which many homeless and disadvantaged people need. Donating can also be a major time saving operation for you when trying to get rid of unwanted items. According to On the Move, charitable organizations will often come to you to pick up items. Simply call ahead and let them know you are donating and ask them if they do pickups, they will often be more than happy to let you know how they do their pickups and help schedule someone to come get your donations. Donating helps make everyone’s life better, and you can even get a tax deductible for your charitable donations.

Recycle Them

If you can’t donate or sell your items, then Zero Waste Merin says you should try to recycle them. Not everything is recyclable, but if you have an item made of plastic, metal, or other recyclable material, then you should contact a recycling center to see if they accept it. When you recycle you help eliminate unnecessary waste in landfills. Recycling can help our environment, and if you must throw unneeded items away, it is always best to recycle when possible.

Decluttering always leads to unwanted items that need to get disposed of somehow. But next time you think about just throwing your old stuff away, think again. Try any of these three options to properly dispose of unwanted materials and you will be much better off for it.

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