We’ve probably all had a lot more time on our hands to tackle some of the house chores we’ve been putting off for a long time. Along with spring cleaning, we’ve all got a lot of items to get rid of. So how can we tackle decluttering during quarantine in a sustainable way?
The Do’s and Don’ts of Decluttering throughout quarantine
Don’t Leave Items at the Curb
Honestly, you probably shouldn’t assume that when you leave something at the curb that it will end up in a new loving home. But this is especially true during the pandemic.
People are a lot more cautious about what they’re bringing into their home. They don’t know whether they’ll be put at risk due to an item. So it’s best to find a home for something in a different way.
Do use an online marketplace
Instead of leaving something at the curb and hoping it will be picked up and reused. Opt to list an item on Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace, LetGo or even your local Buy Nothing Group. There’s plenty of other options that aren’t a whole lot of work.
I’ve personally had a lot of luck with Facebook Marketplace and my local Buy Nothing group.
Don’t Leave items at a donation bin
With the pandemic, donation bins aren’t being collected. I’ve seen a lot of bins surrounded by piles of items that are likely ruined due to the weather conditions. Although donation bins can be a good way to get rid of old clothes, try to list on thredUP. Maybe you can earn some extra cash!
Don’t throw perfectly good items in the trash
Taking a picture and listing an item is an extra step. But it’s likely that someone wants whatever you’re looking to get rid of! Please take the extra step to avoid tossing more items into the landfill than you need.
Do hold onto it if you can
If you don’t need to get rid of something right away please don’t! If you’re not planning to move and you have space, try to wait it out until there’s a better time to donate. Eventually this pandemic will pass and we can resume normal thrifting activities!