Top 5 Decluttering Tips for Spring
Spring is finally here! What better way to greet the new season than with a good clear out? Decluttering helps create more space, much needed in London, and ensures items you no longer use can be passed on to others who want them and will use them.
From computer cords to winter knits you haven’t worn in ages, there are probably a few items in your home collecting dust. Take a bit of time now to sort through these stacks so you can start the new season with a spring in your step.
West London Waste’s Top 5 Decluttering Tips
1. Swap It
According to Love Your Clothes, every year an estimated £140 million worth (around 350,000 tonnes) of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK. If you’re planning to clear out your closet try swapping the clothes you no longer wear. You could come along to one of our swishes, or organise your own with friends or on behalf of a community group you’re a member of. We have a handy Get Swishing guide, along with all the equipment you might need. Simply get in touch.
2. Sell It
If you have items in good shape that you no longer use, try selling them. All manner of household items can be resold and thanks to sites like eBay and Gumtree it’s never been easier. From lightly worn clothes to electronic goods and cloth nappies, there’s a market for nearly everything.
3. Repair it
Many items just need a little TLC to get back to their original state. Local groups such as Hillingdon Friends of the Earth host Restart parties, where participants help each other fix their broken electrical items. We have a kit we’re happy to lend to groups hosting their own Restart party. Just get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange the details.
We recently hosted a series of sewing repair workshops where attendees learned how to upcycle and repair their clothes. You can sign up to our Get Swishing newsletter to find out when the next workshops will be.
4. Recycle it
If something is broken or beyond repair, remember to recycle it rather than chuck it in the bin. A huge amount of materials can go for recycling, especially electronic equipment which is made with valuable natural resources. Check your local council’s website to find out what they will accept in their collections or use this handy app to find out what you can recycle near you.
5. Give it away
Try giving away items you no longer use if they’re still in good condition. Sites such as Freecycle, Freegle and the freebies section of Gumtree are a great way to connect with other local people looking for things.
There is also the Olio app for food that you no longer want. Some of the most common items on the site are teas and coffees. If you have some food items you know you won’t be able to use up, perhaps it’s worth joining and posting up on the app so someone else can come collect them.
Happy Spring Cleaning!