Man Drawer: How can we effectively deal with junk?

Nowadays, so many people leave unused junk items around the house, ignorant to the fact they could actually make serious cash from their leftovers.

As the cliché goes, somebody’s trash is another person's treasure, but besides making money, clutter makes our homes feel claustrophobic and distorts from a sense of order.

Naturally, de-cluttering is something every individual can benefit from with our nature as consumers meaning everyday household items are either replaced, updated or more often than not, forgotten about.

In a study commissioned by Space Station, objects deemed surplus to requirements by respondents included phone chargers, instruction manuals, business cards, lighters and old mobile phones.

What is valuable?

Not all households may boast valuable junk, but it’s best to be wary about items that do carry some worth.

When raiding the attic, garage and cellar, remember that some items grow more expensive with time, particularly old wedding dresses and tools that are, in many cases, discontinued lines making them vintage.

What else? Well, the list is quite extensive but keep an eye on vinyl records, consoles and supporting video games, furniture and even newspapers, depending on the significance of the front-page headline.

Assessing value?

With these items in mind, keep them together while checking the internet to discover how much similar products have sold for.

To name a few, eBay, Gumtree and Preloved are all useful websites that will give you a better idea about the going rate for your junk.

From here, keep an eye on bidder intent to appreciate how likely it is that your junk can receive as hefty a fee as possible.

Beyond selling

Ultimately, not all of your stuff will be valuable, leaving you with a few different options. Recyclable household junk includes clothing, handbags, textiles, batteries, lightbulbs and more.

Consulting your local councils’ recycling protocol online will reveal innovative ways on how to dispose of each item. For instance, the City of London boasts its own battery disposal units.

Donations are another effective way to de-clutter while contributing to a worthy cause or organisation simultaneously.

Depending on who you wish to donate to, most charities accept an array of junk items, including electricals, toys, clothing, kitchenware, furniture, books and so on.

By thinking about de-cluttering in these innovative and new-fangled ways, perhaps you may think twice before reaching for the refuse bags!

If you want more storage-related advice, visit Space Station’s Help and Advice section, or alternatively call 0800 404 6969.