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Your Clutter May Be Someone’s Perfect Find

Posted in 'Clutter, Organising, Tips' on October 24, 2016

DonationsCongratulations! You have tackled the clutter piles scattered throughout your home and garage. Before you load up the car and drive it to the tip to end up in landfill, do a quick sort and see if any of the items can be recycled or donated to people or animals in need.

Here’s a stack of ideas to get you started.

Towels, Blankets, Bean Bags & Baby mattresses (that are not good enough to donate to people)

Call your local vet or animal rescue charity. They often need bedding and things to dry off soggy animals after a bath. 

Green Waste

If you are having a tree or large shrub cut down, you can often ask that they leave the mulched greenery behind. It makes great mulch for your garden, although you may need to let it sit for a few weeks to let the heat out of it before spreading it around your garden beds.

If you have been on a DIY garden kick, many Council tips have a separate green garden waste area at the tip. Council then mulches all green waste and uses it in parks and public areas.

Brisbane City Council regularly offers free green waste tipping weekends so check the website for dates and locations.

https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/environment-waste/rubbish-tips-bins/waste-recycling-facilities/transfer-stations/acceptable-recycling-waste#green

Electronic Waste

Old computers, televisions, printers, old stereos, keyboards, electronic game consoles, DVD players, and all of the thousands or random electrical cords and plugs … turn your back, and they breed faster than rabbits in springtime.

Some items can be refurbished, which is where programs such as Substation33 come into play by providing skills for disadvantaged job seekers in Logan.

If you are in the Brisbane City Council area, you can drop off your electronic clutter at the following Council recovery and recycling centres: Chandler, Ferny Grove, Nudgee, Willawong.

https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/environment-waste/rubbish-tips-bins/waste-recycling-facilities/resource-recovery-centres

If you are in the Moreton Bay Regional Council areas, e-waste can be dropped off at the Waste Centres at Bunya, Caboolture, Dakabin, and Redcliffe.

https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/general.aspx?id=98245

Other Household Items & Clothing

Before we start, let’s have a bit of a person-to-person chat. While donating stuff from your home that you no longer need may feel good, before you donate take a good, long, hard, critical look at it. If the item is broken, damaged, soiled or stained then donating it is not a kindness. You are simply transferring your rubbish to someone else to throw out on your behalf.

Number one rule of thumb: Only donate clean items that are in good condition!

While most of us automatically think of donating things to Vinnies, Lifeline or the Salvos, there are other alternatives.

Independent or Smaller Charity Op Shops. Many suburbs have smaller OP shops linked to specific charities supporting a range of causes from Asthma through to Aid for the Blind and the RSPCA.

Check to see if there is a smaller charity near you that would welcome your donation: http://opshop.org/list/QLD/BRISBANE

Givit is another great option. It is where charities and other organisations list a specific need they have to help an individual or family in the community, and you can choose to donate directly to that person or group of people.

Other charities where you match your donation to their need include:

  • RizeUp Australia which supports people and families leaving domestic violence situations.
  • My Friends Place based on the Gold Coast, which supports homeless women and families.

Schools, Kindys, Childcare centres and After School Hours Care often are looking for extra dress-up items and kitchenware for their home corner areas, as well as books and toys in good condition.

Council run Trash & Treasure Markets. Most local councils now have Trash and Treasure Stores aligned with their local waste centres.  You can usually drop off unwanted furniture or other household items at your local larger council waste centre and they will transfer them to the Treasure Market for you.

Donating Business Clothes

Your outgrown suit or workwear can help a job seeker help land that all important job. Check out Dress for Success, Suit of Change and Suited to Success.

Bras

Most of us don’t realise that bras are one of the least donated items, and yet in many parts of the world are one of the most needed clothing items for women.

 The Uplift Project sends donated bras to areas where women need them most (without compromising their dignity). New or lightly used nursing bras, mastectomy bras and even good old everyday bras are always needed.

Give things away online

Another way to clear unwanted household items is by simply giving them away.

Groups such as Freecycle allow you to list the thing you want to give away, and then people contact you. You choose the person who will become the owner of your item, and you arrange for them to come and pick it up. Simple!

You can also do something similar using Gumtree or any of the many local Buy, Swap, Sell groups that exist on Facebook.

What about Industrial or Commercial Waste?

One of our favourite locations for great materials for craft is Reverse Garbage. They also collect certain types of commercial and industrial waste to be turned into clever creations by schools and artistic types across Brisbane. Check out their website for more information.

I hope this has given you inspiration for great place that need your unwanted items. Enjoy your clutter clearing!



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