Australia is collectively being decluttered thanks to a certain Marie Kondo and her Netflix documentary, Tidying Up. Throw in the spike in consumption over the holiday season and some minimalist new year’s resolutions and there is a risk of vast numbers of items ending up as landfill rather than rehomed, fixed, upcycled or recycled.
Here’s 10 ways to declutter sustainably (Kondo would approve);
Consider selling unloved items on sites like eBay, Gumtree or Facebook.
Contact your local charity group to see if they are willing to pick up your unwanted furniture.
Gift your once-loved items to a friend or family member.
Take your old TVs and computers to drop off points where they are recycled as part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.
Drop your mobile phones and tablets off for recycling at MobileMuster collection points , including Port Phillip town halls.
Offer your good quality clothes to charities or consider having a clothes swap with friend.
Contact Port Phillip Council to find out how your items can be recycled locally.
E-waste can now be recycled at Port Melbourne, Albert Park and St Kilda libraries.
Rather than throw out a broken item, consider taking it along to the St Kilda Repair Cafe and give it a new lease of life instead.
Don’t fall into the trap of replacing decluttered items with new items, make a promise to yourself to consume less.
Now go get your declutter on!