I had an email come in thanking me for the post on Decluttering Guilt and mentioning another guilt about decluttering – the waste. What if the charity shops are full and if no one wants your clutter? What if something is unusable, broken or unfixable? What if it actually has to be thrown out and ends up in a landfill?
While it is ideal that we would find someone appreciative and in need of our used goods (See list below of where to send items), sometimes you have clutter that no one needs or wants. And keeping them in your own home instead of disposing them is not helpful.
Is it making your life better by having that clutter that no one wants? Do you ever throw other things out?
Most things now have a smaller lifespan and aren’t made to last. Eventually they all need to be tossed. Even things you give to charity will one day be unusable. All the things will eventually end up as trash.
After you die, someone will take that stuff you couldn’t part with and throw it out, if it can’t be given away.
We say to ourselves, “It’s such a waste.” And it is. So it’s time to dispose of the waste. Your home is not a place to store clutter and garbage.
Forgive yourself for past overbuying or neglect of items. Most of us are more attuned and buying more mindfully.
You can’t change the past, but in the future, we will buy less, make less environmental impact, buy things with less packaging, buy used, etc. But, at the moment you have something that needs to go into the garbage. And that little bit of garbage makes much less impact than the airplanes flying overhead, factories, and corporations.
If you can, pick up what needs to be thrown out right now and toss it.
If you have lots of environmental guilt, make a donation to an environmental cause.
Towels – vet, shelters, clinic
Bras – Free the Girls
Books – Bookswa
Electronics – Best Buy
Eyeglasses – Lions Clu
Cell Phones – various
Luggage/tote bags – local Buy Nothing Group. Or, try Nextdoor, Freecycle, and Facebook Marketplace. – foster care organizations
School Supplies – your local school or church
Shoes – Soles4Shoes
Stuffed Animals – Stuffed Animals for Emergencies
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