DONATING AND RECYCLING RESOURCE GUIDE
Making Your Clutter Count
One of the first things I discuss with my clients is their Exit Plan - how and when they will move on the items they no longer need.
Knowing your items are going to a good cause can really help you to make the decision to let things go as you declutter.
I encourage everyone to sell, donate or recycle as much as possible to reduce the impact on landfill and have put together the following resource guide to help you move your items on.
Lots of local hospices will collect clothes for charity as long as they are good quality and clean clothes - you can post to British Heart Foundation or Oxfam.
Vinted is a super quick & easy way to list & sell your clothes.
Thrift+ will list and sell high-street brands for you.
Recycling: High street stores M&S, John Lewis and H&M will recycle clothes in return for a voucher.
The following options are great for special items:
Turtle Doves recycle your cashmere into lovely new items (and send you a £20 voucher).
Designer Exchange will sell your luxury clothes, shoes & accessories.
Cherished Gowns UK is a charity that transforms wedding dresses into burial gowns for babies that have passed away.
Smalls for All, Against Breast Cancer and Oxfam all accept 'lightly worn' bras in good condition and send them overseas to be distributed to women and girls that don't have access to them locally.
You can also donate old unwanted bras at your local Bravissimo shop. For every kg of bras they receive, they donate to Coppafeel, a breast cancer awareness charity, to support their wonderful work
Most charity shops accept pairs of good quality shoes as donations other favourite for shoe donations are:
Sals Shoes who redistribute outgrown (but not outworn) childrens shoes around the world.
Nike recycle athletic shoes at the end of their life.
Clarks support UNICEF through their shoe share scheme
Valuable jewellery is best sold through auctions (google your local auctioneers).
Vintage Cash Cow accept old jewellery, watches and medals by (free) post and will value and offer a purchase price if they are able to take them.
The Alzheimers Society and British Heart Foundation accept jewellery donations by (free) post and in their shops.
The majority of charity shops take books (notably Oxfam have their own book shops) and nurseries, schools and libraries may also accept donations.
TOILETRIES & MAKE UP
Toiletries Amnesty have a directory of local UK organisations that will accept toiletry donations.
Local nightshelters or womens refuge centres may also accept unused toiletries.
MOBILE PHONES & TECH
Ebay is a great place to sell old mobile phones, game consoles and tech.
Local community initatives to provide old refurbished laptops to children to help with schoolwork have become popular so it's worth researching your local community to see if you can donate to help a child.
MEDIA - DVDs, CDs and TAPE
Some charity shops will still take DVDs and CDs.
Video and audio tapes can not be easily recycled but Tip Top Media offer a paid for recycling service that stops tapes going in to landfill.
BEDDING & FABRIC
Clean bedding, towels and duvets may be welcome at nightshelters or womens refuge centres - it's best to call ahead to check what they need.
Textile banks will recycle curtains and fabrics that are past their best.
DIY & TOOLS
Local community projects are often looking for additional equipment.
Tools with a Mission - collect hand and electric tools (including sewing machines), refurbish them and redistribute across the world for livelihood creation.
Community RePaint is a national scheme sponsored by Dulux that redistributes left over paint to individuals and charities in need.
Try Freegle or Freecycle to move on cables and old chargers.
British Heart Foundation and Sue Ryder both offer a free collection service for furniture, electrical items and white goods in good condition.
Gymstock will collect and pay for gym equipment in good working order and may collect old and damaged items for recycling.
Out of date or unused medication should always be returned to a pharmacy so it can be safely disposed of.
Check to ensure you have the essentials in date so you can safely take them when you feel unwell.
LIVING A LIFE MORE ORGANISED
Take a look at my recent blog posts 12 Things I Don't Miss After Decluttering My Home and How I made £13.5k on Ebay: Top Tips For Selling Your "Stuff" for more inspiration to help you create a clutter-free home.