Declutter, make money and save the planet!

As lockdown part two starts to end and we edge future into Christmas many of us are now preparing our homes for the Holiday season. I for one have decided to do an epic declutter of my house because if there is one thing that I have learned this pandemic is the fact that I have a lot of stuff! 

As I am trying to be more mindful in my life I am aware that decluttered surroundings can massively help declutter my brain. But what about all of the surplus stuff that I wish to throw away? The last thing that I want is to add to a landfill or skip, so I did some reason on how I can best recycle my items and even make a few pounds doing so. 


Here are my top finds:


This was a hard one for me as I love clothes, but one thing the lockdown has shown me is that there are some items of clothes I can’t wait to wear again and others that I haven’t. All the items that I haven’t worn fr a while I decided to get rid of, mainly as when this is over I would like to invest in better quality and more sustainable items moving forward. 

This meant that I began to investigate reselling clothes and the great news is that sites such as vinted allow you to sell your clothes to people who will love them and they are

Check your drawers!

My partner is really protective of the tech drawer. He swears that those wires, batteries and chargers really are required in the day to day running of the house. So you can imagine how delighted I was when I came across the ‘Check your drawers’ campaign by giffgaff. 

Basically, they are as passionate about sustainability as I am and are encouraging people to check their homes for unwanted mobile devices (I did and I scarily had a lot more than I imagined I had!) and to submit them for recycling. Even better they will even give you money for your old device - always useful! If you really wish te be extra charitable, you can even donate a percentage of the price you sell your phones to the Neighbourly Foundation to fund grassroots-causes that support local communities. Aww.

Farewell furniture!

Now when it comes to furniture, I usually like to upcycle and redecorate my items but I just don’t have the time to dedicate to this at present. With this knowledge, I searched for ways that I could de-clutter but avoid a skip or having to take it anywhere which is how I found pre-loved. Like gumtree and Facebook market place, you can sell your items to local people who will then happy come and pick it up from your house. I literally got rid of my unwanted items, got paid and didn’t even have to leave my house. 

Why haven’t I done this before?

So what about you? Have you ever recycled any old items? If so where did you do it? Let me know in the comments below or on my social channels - as I love to hear from you! 

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