Ten Tips On How To Ditch Your Junk Responsibly: Hopefully you’ve been on a spring cleaning, decluttering and house clearing mission since the Coronavirus Pandemic took hold. I’ve been through every cupboard in my apartment at least twice! If you haven’t managed to tackle this task yet, it’s time for that last push before we are footloose and fancy-free again! Decluttering is the easy part but getting rid of your rubbish afterwards is another job in itself. With the Coronavirus Pandemic, there are restrictions on many services. I’ve put together ten tips on how to ditch your junk responsibly.

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Ten Tips On How Ditch Your Junk Responsibly

Before you begin the decluttering process take a moment to consider how you are going to ditch your junk responsibly. It will help you sort your items into relevant piles depending on their final destination. Your trash may be rubbish, useful to other people, worthy of being donated for a charitable cause or sold online. Here are a few ideas on how you can dispose of those items you no longer want.

1. Currently, rubbish tips are closed, but you can use a service like AnyJunk (sponsored link), which is a nationwide bulky waste removals company providing van rubbish removal and skip hire. They divert 96% of rubbish from landfill, so it’s a responsible service to consider. It is an excellent option for those without a car or if you are clearing out a large room such as the garage, basement or loft. Check out the new app called LoveJunk (sponsored link) which has been created to help Londoners find their nearest and cheapest licensed waste carrier.

2. If you have a few large items to dispose of you can ask your local council to collect these, some charge for the service and you’ll need to check the service is available at the moment.

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Vintage Cookery Books from Anthea’s Attic at Etsy UK (Affiliate Link and Picture Link)

3. Currently, many charities are not taking donations, but the clothes banks located on streets are open. You may want to keep a few bags of clothes to donate to your local charity when they open again.

4. Items that may be of use to other people can be put in front of your home with a note saying, ‘Please Take Me For Free.’

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Alfred Cox Mid Century Chest of Drawers from Tallboy Furniture at Etsy UK (Affiliate Link and Picture Link)

5. If you live in a block of flats you can pin a poster on the notice board with pictures of all the items you want to giveaway and ask neighbours to call you if they would like to take an object.

6. Vintage and antique furniture can be sold via auction. Check online for your local auction house. If the item is rare and high value, you may need to travel further afield to a specialist auctioneer.

7. If you have collections of vintage postcards, photographs, letters, fabrics or journals, you can set up a shop on Etsy.

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Junk Journal Kit from The Junk Journalist at Etsy UK (Affiliate Link and Picture Link)

8. Items of value can be sold via eBay, Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace, Preloved and other online or app selling platforms.

9. Specialist seller websites are available such as Discogs for vinyl, tapes and CDs. Try Music Magpie to sell tech items such as iPhones, games consoles and Ziffit for books, games, DVDs and CDs.

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Stained LP Crate from Wood Dog Studios at Etsy UK (Affiliate Link and Picture Link)

10. You can sell designer fashion via Cudoni and Rebelle.

After the Coronavirus restrictions have been removed you can try car boot sales, jumble sales, charity shops and drive to the rubbish tip, etc.

Spring Cleaning and Decluttering Tips

If you do need advice on spring cleaning and decluttering, you might find previous articles I’ve written useful:
Ten Home Spring Cleaning Tips 
Ten Wardrobe Decluttering Tips

How To Ditch Your Junk Responsibly Post Credits

Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: The featured image and first image in the article are by Homegirl London, all from Etsy UK sellers. Disclosure: The feature includes a Sponsored Link /Advertising from AnyJunk and LoveJunk. This feature includes the following affiliate partner links – Etsy UK (if you click through from my website and purchase items from the affiliates, I will earn a small commission).