How to sustainably declutter when moving

Moving house can be a stressful time filled with packing, but it’s also the best time to start going through any clutter that’s accumulated over the years. Here are a few ways to sustainably declutter pre-move and how to minimise clutter in your new place.

Recycle and sell items

When we’re sorting through things that have accumulated over the years, it’s easy to just toss items we no longer need away, leaving them to the fate of rotting in landfill. This doesn’t have to be the case. There are recycling programs for a bunch of items we don’t typically think can be recycled, such as: mobile phones, fridges, batteries, microwaves and printers. So, before you toss it, do some research to see if it can be repurposed.

If you’re looking to upgrade the contents of your home, and provided your items are still in pretty good nick, chances are you could get some extra cash by selling them. Platforms like Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree are a great way to ensure your clutter goes to a new home and stays away from landfill — as they say, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

Give back by donating

If you look around your home and see a million items you think you’d like to ditch, don’t start loading up your trash or recycle bins just yet. Many charity and donation centres are often looking for unwanted goods such as textiles, linen and clothing. And charity shops like the Australian Red Cross, Vinnies and The Salvation Army are always looking for quality donations.

If you want to get rid of towels, sheets, and scrap fabric (that aren’t in good enough condition to be donate to an op-shop), consider donating them to local animal rescue shelters. They’ll use them to keep their animals dry and warm. Some charities will also turn these into rags that can be purchased by those in the automotive industry, like mechanical shops.

Make the switch to electronic subscriptions

Books and magazines take up a lot of space and are heavy to transport. You can eliminate all the clutter and hassle of packing your books by getting an electronic subscription or e-book reader such as a kindle or on your iPad. That way, you’ve still got the joy of ‘cracking open a good book’ on the go, without the need to lug them from place to place when you move.

The question is, what should be done with your collection of books and magazines? Look to sell or donate your books and magazines so they can be loved by someone else rather than going to the landfill. You could also ask your local GP and hairdressing salons if they’d like some magazines or books for their waiting room.

Can you fix it

Before you rush to pop it in the trash or recycle pile consider whether there’s a cost-effective way to repair the item. There are plenty of tips and tricks for repairing common household items online, and there are a range of handy people or skilled carpenters looking for odd jobs online. So before you ditch it, consider whether it may be more cost-effective to repair the item as opposed to replacing it. You might even be able to fix it up and flip it for a little extra cash.

Upcycle it

We know that one person’s trash is another’s treasure, but these days upcycling can turn an array of old knick-knack into your very own treasures. From reupholstering old couches and chairs, to converting old electronics into clocks and statement décor, there’s plenty of inspo to be found online – especially on Pinterest. If you’re doing a cull of your old items, think about creative ways you might be able to re-purpose them or even turn them into gifts. Do you have some unwanted plant pots? Why not give them a freshen up with a coat of paint and turn them into succulent planters to give out as gifts. Too many jars in your kitchen cupboards? Give them a new life by filling them with hot chocolate or cookie mix – these make a great cost-efficient house-warming or Christmas gift.

Moving house is stressful enough, so let us take care of getting your energy connected. With our Move Promise we’ll make sure your power’s on the next business day (when you book online before 1pm Monday to Friday). For added peace of mind, our Moves Promise guarantees that in the event we can’t power your home the next business day, we’ll give you $400 (incl GST) credit per day for related expenses.*

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