Decluttering, as explained by renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo, allows you to fully utilise physical space in your home in a way that can point you to personal fulfilment and happiness. Her method involves determining whether you truly need certain objects in your home or you are only keeping them for sentimental but impractical reasons. If an object doesn’t “spark joy” for its owner, the owner can probably do away with that object.
The decluttering process helps you clean out your home; however, after decluttering, you may find yourself with a sizable amount of waste needing proper disposal. Though it is tempting to treat everything as rubbish, consider integrating sustainability into the discarding phase of your process. The waste you produce is your responsibility; so, finding feasible ways to deal with these materials can help make sure that your decluttering project does not negatively affect the environment.
Finding New Purposes for Objects
Instead of immediately throwing out objects that have outlived their original function, determine which objects can still be reused and repurposed. Some objects, when given a cut, trim or any modification, can become useful for different purposes. For example, clothes that no longer fit can still find a variety of uses, whether as new rags or as DIY grocery bags. If you have small jars and other storage containers, consider using them as pots for your garden.
The logic behind upcycling is that waste objects can regain or increase their value when converted into something new. With upcycling, you are not only removing clutter from your home but also adding useful objects that can, in Marie Kondo’s words, spark personal joy.
Aside from being practical, upcycling can help reduce costs and consumption. Instead of having to buy new plastics on the regular, your DIY shirt-turned-grocery-bag are reusable for multiple times, and you have a steady supply of new ones whenever you have to do your seasonal decluttering.
Donations to the Community
Decluttering can also help cover the needs of other members of the community. For example, tables and chairs that you are choosing to let go of can find new homes. Clearance specialists at 2nd Chances Ltd have partner organisations and charities that can make use of furniture found during clearing operations, helping to promote both sustainability and a sense of community. Some of these pieces of furniture require only small repairs before they become useful again, and these experts are well-equipped to determine the best way to do those repairs.
You can also work with junk shops and institutions that accept donations for specific materials. Public libraries and animal shelters, for example, usually need donations in the form of used paper, towels and blankets. Consider contacting local organisations and asking what they accept; your waste may just be what they need.
When decluttering your home, always remember that the objects you deem as waste do not disappear; they are transferred to somewhere else. Whether that “somewhere else” is a landfill or somewhere it is put to good use is in your hands. Before you start throwing everything out, think carefully of the best way to deal with these materials and where you send them. When getting rid of these objects, make sure that you consider places that can utilise them well, thereby lessening the chances of these objects ending up in landfills.