Just as it is wise to be conscious of your consumption when buying stuff, I try to be equally thoughtful when it comes to letting go of possessions that are no longer required.
Sometimes they can no longer be repaired and the rubbish bin is the only option. However, more often than not the item may be of some use to someone – either in its current form or to be disassembled, repurposed or recycled.
It has taken me a couple of weeks but with a bit of patience and planning I have managed to re-home a variety of things which were unearthed during our latest round of decluttering the workshop.
My first action was to contact the local Men’s Shed to offer a variety of power and hand tools as well as some drill bits and miscellaneous handyman bits. I do not have a photo but the gentleman who collected them was very grateful and I am pleased that they will be put to good by a local community group. It really ticks all of the boxes to my way of thinking.
I listed the rest of the things on a couple of local Buy, Swap, Sell pages on Facebook. I chose to give the things away as finding someone who can use them is more important to me than recouping any money.
We sorted through the many cans of paint and decided that a few of them were no longer required mainly due to changes in the exterior colour scheme. These are being picked up tomorrow.
The recipient is also taking this sprinkler.
Someone else asked for these couple of cable reels. We have 2 with long extension cords on them but these are excess to our needs.
I did not think the inflatable pool was going to find a home but it has now been requested as well.
I feel sick at the knowledge that some people choose to do a massive declutter over a single weekend. They achieve this by hiring a skip and throwing everything they no longer want into it with no thought to the end result of all of this stuff end up in landfill.
By taking my time and thoughtfully rehoming them, all of these items will continue to be used and people in my community will benefit.
I rehome my items too – many of my friends de-clutter their items my way so I sort and rehome mainly to community organisations, people I know who need items and remote community school. Skip bins make me sick as do op-shop bins. But I can’t save them all as my home already is verging on a hoarders den.
I have travellers squating my couch pretty regularly and sometimes they can use something I have. Travellers that head to Asia take a few items they can squeeze in to give or swap. From pencils, broken watches, clothing to kitchen items. My current traveller is a young French man studying in Sydney who is elegant, well read and highly organised – he doesn’t need any of my stuff but I might squeeze in a book on politics for his next leg of his journey 🙂