Are there items in your home you need gone for good?
Perhaps you can’t remember the last time you saw the bed in your spare room under the clutter? Have roasting tins vanished into the dark depths of your kitchen cupboards? Are you finding it difficult to recall the “secret place” you stashed the Christmas presents?
Why declutter now?
There’s not long to go but there’s still time to declutter and restore order to your home before the family descend on you for Christmas!
We all know that Christmas is about giving and receiving, spending time with family and taking some time out (albeit perhaps not for those hosting Christmas!) It’s also a time to remember those less fortunate than ourselves.
Perhaps you’re asking yourself why on earth you’d spend time decluttering when you have a million other things you need to get done?
Firstly you’ll get the benefit of creating calm and order in your home. Secondly, you’re going to benefit the lives of many other people. Thirdly, you are helping the environment by recycling items. Win, win, win!
A major sticking point is how to donate items to charity once you’ve decluttered. In London, often people don’t have a car. Even if you do it’s a hassle trying to park to lug in your bags to the charity shop. What if there was a way that you could donate items to charity with only a little exertion from your fingertips, from the comfort of your sofa?
Let items go quickly
- British Heart Foundation will collect your donations of clothes, accessories, jewellery, books, DVDs, CDs and vinyl, crockery, ornaments and children’s toys for free from your home. Call your local BHF shop and arrange a collection. They will also collect your unwanted furniture and electricals. Just make sure everything is in good condition, complete and works correctly. Each individual upholstered item must have a fire label attached with a legible batch number.
- TRAID offers free home collections picking up unwanted items direct from your door, direct to the charity. All TRAID asks is that people using this service have a minimum donation of at least one large bin liner sized bag. They accept all good quality clothes, shoes, accessories, linen and homeware.
- Little Lives UK provides free home collections for adults and children’s clothes, shoes and accessories, books, CDs, DVDs and electronics.
- Age UK offers free home collections of unwanted clothes and other small items for their charity shops.
- Sue Ryder will collect furniture including sofas, tables, wardrobes, beds and small electrical items as long as the items are in a saleable condition for their shops.
What will you declutter?
One million tonnes of textiles are sent to UK landfill and incineration every year. At least 350,000 tonnes of these textiles good enough quality to be worn again. Passing on these clothes to charity, rather than throwing them away, enables the charity to shrink landfill, carbon emissions and consumption. At the same time they raise funds to support projects to help those most in need.
These free charity collections are really convenient. Pick ups are scheduled to suit you and it’s perfect if you have lots of donations. You can also add Gift Aid to your donations which is a great thing to do as it makes more money for the charity. For more information on gift aid see A SIMPLE GUIDE TO GIFT AID.
What clutter are you going to let go of before Christmas? If you want to start decluttering and organising in the New Year and need a helping hand, do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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