Steps To Clearing Your Clutter After Cleaning
When preparing your Morrow County home for sale; after cleaning the attic, de-cluttering the garage, or emptying the storage locker, you may find yourself thinking “What should I do with all this stuff?” While tossing your extra belongings in the trash bin is one option, it may not be your best bet. After all, some of the items may still have value. Plus, with an increased concern for going green you may be reluctant to dump more junk in the local landfill.
Fortunately, there is a better way. Just follow these three steps:
* Take four plastic storage tubs and mark them with the words “sell,” “donate,” “recycle,” and “trash.”
* Identify those items that you no longer need or use.
* Separate the items into each bin.
The Sell Bin
Your sell bin should only contain those items that still have value and that you’ll be able to sell quickly Except for collectibles, you should only plan to sell items that are in gently-used or like-new condition. Good candidates for sale include name brand or designer clothing, working electronics, housewares, video games, DVDs, CDs, musical instruments, and books.
To sell your items, visit your local second hand stores. Look for consignment shops, antique stores, or pawn shops in your area. Many items can also be sold on e-Bay, Amazon or Craigslist, if the items aren’t sold in thirty days, it’s time to re-label the bin to “donate.”
The Donate Bin
Items that are usable but for which there is no readily available sales market should be donated. Check with local charities in your area, such as homeless shelters or social service agencies. Let them know what you have and see if they accept donations for those items.
The Recycle Bin
Plan to recycle any items that can be broken down and converted for future use. Think newspaper, cardboard, plastic and glass. Your community may also offer recycling for copper, aluminum and tin. Check your local city or town for information on what items are acceptable for recycling.
The Trash Bin
This bin is easy. Anything that didn’t go in the first three bins ends up here. Remember, however, environmental controls may require special disposal of some items such as oil, paint and cleaning products or pharmaceuticals.