During the first lockdown, many of us did a huge clear-out of our homes and many a bag was taken to the charity shop or tip. I don’t know about you but this certainly made me aware of just how much waste I was creating and how many items I was purchasing that I simply didn’t need. So much so that I have made a promise to myself to be savvier with my spending moving forward to avoid fewer surplus items and to keep my home decluttered. This doesn’t mean any more nice new things, I am just going to be more responsible in what I do with my old unwanted items and to invest in better quality new items that will last longer. Viva la revolution!
What you will be pleased to know is that there are many ways to avoid any old item of yours ending up in a landfill with the sustainable industry growing leaps and bounds over the past year or so. Below are some of my favourite sites:
Second Hand Fashion, it’s on Trend, Darling
If you are anything like me and a bit of a fashionista then you will love to know that sites such as vinted allow you to sell your clothes online and give them a second life with someone who will cherish them. Unlike eBay there is no cost to add and you don’t need to worry about auctions etc as the clothes are sold for the price that you list them for. Fabulous! The best part is that you can clear out your wardrobe without worrying about adding to a waste pile.
Check Your Drawers for Tech!
Now we all have that drawer, the tech drawer. Full of old devices, chargers and well, goodness knows what device that battery unit is for…well, you will be pleased to know that you can actually clear out this drawer of your unwanted phones and make some extra cash doing it. Mobile network giffgaff are running a whole campaign around this fact, asking you to check your drawers for unwanted devices and recycling them. Not only do you get to declutter but also make some extra pounds doing so, and without worrying that you have added to an e-waste pile somewhere, fabulous!
Pre-loved not pre-owned
Now, to the bigger items such as furniture, and white goods. We all know how much of a nightmare it is to get them down to the tip or second-hand store and this is where sites such as preloved and Facebook communities are amazing. You can sell your item online to local people who are seeking exactly what you don’t want anymore for a fair price and they will come and pick the item up for you. It’s the ultimate way to declutter without guilt.
Do you use any of these or have a great decluttering tip? If so let us know below or continue the conversation over on our social channels and remember, happy decluttering!