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Trying to declutter but without much success.

B3B3 Posts: 26,994
Boxes and bags of chargers, leads - that kind of thing. No idea what goes with what. Found a couple of ipods. I think one was a virgin ( in the biblical sense)
I am conscious that using the wrong charger can be a fire hazard. I had to lob a hand held Hoover out the back door once.
Should I bin the lot?. I'm assuming old phones are of value to charities but what if some of my ID is on it? 
I haven't even got on to I might wear that sometime clothes and shoes.
In my defence, I cleared out the spice cupboards recently  - but I didn't dump the empty jars😐

How about the maxim: if you don't know what it's for, you don't need it?
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,158
    There may be somewhere near you that takes old chargers etc.

    Some local councils accept them as part of the kerbside recycling. 

    Don't get me started on decluttering.
    What l will say (at the risk of being somewhat morbid), is think of your family/friends/whoever who will be faced with sorting things when you are gone.
    If you don't use it, haven't worn it for a year, get no pleasure from it, then donate it to charity if applicable, try Freecycle, Gumtree if you feel comfortable using them, or dispose of it.
    Empty spice jars might be of use to someone , if not assuming they are glass they can go in your recycling.
    Sorry, but it really is a sensitive subject for me at the moment  :)
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,728
    @B3 although recycling of electronics is a good idea, I wouldn't even consider passing anything on if there was any chance it had any personal information on it.  I would whack it several times with a lump hammer and then put it in the bin.
    Decluttering in general is a sore point in our household.  I don't think my wife has ever willingly got rid of clothes, even if she hasn't worn them for years and will never wear them again.  She decided some years ago that she won't wear shorts any more as she gets sweaty in places she'd prefer not to.  Nonetheless there are still literally dozens of pairs on the shelves of the wardrobes.
  • Getting out my winter tops I realised how many striped long-sleeved t-shirts I had. I'm slowly vetting for multiples in all areas eg too many balloon whisks in the kitchen. Also, everything for the charity shop is in a bag by the front door so no excuse for forgetting to fill and remove.
  • I think most charity shops are a bit funny about taking electrical equipment to sell, but even if they cannot put chargers on the shop floor, they do send stuff off for 'recycling'. Some councils also do kerbside recycling of 'small electrical items' that can be lifted with one hand, for example an iron or kettle and cables.

    It is a never-ending process trying to get rid of stuff, isn't it?!
    Where the Wild Things Are
     ...that is where I would prefer to be...
    COASTAL SOUTHERN ENGLAND...silty-sandy-loam ravaged by wind
  • P.s. you know that maxim of ' if you haven't used it in a year....'? I think that is utter tosh and very artificial. Plus it is way more interesting finding something five years or ten years later and having a totally different perspective on whether to junk it or keep it.

    If you don't know what it is for, well that is another problem entirely ...🥴
    Where the Wild Things Are
     ...that is where I would prefer to be...
    COASTAL SOUTHERN ENGLAND...silty-sandy-loam ravaged by wind
  • We moved house a couple of years ago and we had lived in last one for over 30 years so a few years before selling we started decluttering. A lot went to charity shops and onto freecycle but I did sell mobile phones and chargers via eBay and a lot more larger stuff via marketplace. 
    I like marketplace, no fees, no posting and, in my experience, buyers were happy to collect … they were generally pleasant and reliable as well.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,158
    I take your point about "if you haven't used it for a year" @clematisdorset, l think it depends what you're talking about. 
    It might be something that you think your grandchildren might be interested in for example. 
    I'm as guilty as the next person of thinking "l'll lose weight and wear that again" and 3 years later...

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,994
    The if you haven't worn it in  a year maxim doesn't work as we didn't have a summer this year so I don't know what I would have worn. It's all so complicated😵
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,064
    We are trying to de clutter,  it’s going well,  I dumped 3 biros yesterday,  so well on the way.

    If anyone comes across an old iPhone I’m after one,  not for phone calls,  just to use as a camera.  Willing to pay cost and postage.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Well @AnniD, once it is gone it is usually gone I suppose. We need a machine that shrinks the items in storage while we think about what to do with it.
    Where the Wild Things Are
     ...that is where I would prefer to be...
    COASTAL SOUTHERN ENGLAND...silty-sandy-loam ravaged by wind
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