February is a good time to pare down your 'stuff'- and teach
others in your household to do it too. Here's great advice from the
domestic cleaning professionals at MOLLY MAID:
CROCKERY: Donate extra plates, mugs and other
saleable kitchen items to a charity shop.
RECEIPTS: Check with your accountant about how
long you have to keep official papers for and records, such as tax
returns. To avoid identity theft, shred documents you no longer
need to keep, rather than just recycling them in their whole
BOOKS: Keep your favourites and organise them
by topic or alphabetically. Otherwise, if you have books that you
probably won't ever read again, donate them to a charity shop, a
care home or even a hospital.
CLOTHES: Do a clean sweep of cupboards and pull
out clothes that don't fit, or that you don't wear anymore. Recycle
gently used clothing by giving them to friends or by donating them
to a charitable organisation, such as The Salvation Army. Be sure
to sort through your socks and underwear drawers too for items that
are ready to be ditched- most people tend to keep these items long
past their expiry dates.
ELECTRONICS: Most people have a mess of power
cords, USB cords and other paraphernalia for electronics in their
desk, cabinet or cupboard. Sort through them and match cords
to their appropriate gadget, then get rid of what's leftover. Old
mobile phones can be donated to women's shelters and other
charitable organisations. Other old electronic items, such as
printers and computers, should be properly recycled. Check with
your council for electronic waste collection locations.
TOYS: Teach your children to donate toys
they're no longer using. Sort through toys and make three piles:
donate, keep, throw out (the throw out pile is for broken
SPORTS EQUIPMENT: If you use it, keep it. If
you don't and the equipment is still in good order, donate it to a
charity shop or sports centres that might benefit.