When you get into the groove of decluttering, the sorting routine becomes monotonous and robotic. Trash, treasure, donate – repeat. Suddenly, though, you’re stopped in your tracks by something you just don’t know how to classify. You don’t want to keep it, no one would want it, the moving company cannot haul it on the truck, and throwing it away isn’t safe. What do you do? Follow our moving tips for getting rid of those hard-to-throw-away items.
Batteries Not Included
Unless you own rechargeable batteries and a charger for them, you’re stuck with garbage. Rotting and leaking batteries can be hazardous, though, so get rid of them immediately after they’ve been used. Although you may be able to just throw them out, Digg urges you to recycle batteries instead of adding them to the landfill.
Most light bulbs are made from materials that cannot be either recycled or safely thrown out. Check with your municipality if they will accept old light bulbs for disposal. Remember to take out light bulbs, wrap them up in paper, and carefully packed them in a box before having the movers put any lighting fixtures in the truck.
Too Many Matches
Visiting a restaurant, bar, or nightclub used to involve taking home a souvenir matchbook. If you’re one of those people who amassed a collection of matches and don’t really need or want them, simply soak them in water and then throw them out.
Everyone has a medicine cabinet full of unused and old medications. Find out if your municipality collects expired medications and prescriptions or if a National Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled in your area. Read the labels for any precautions regarding disposal before throwing them away or flushing them down the toilet, says Digg.
Used paint contains hazardous materials, so dumping it in your trash or down the drain is dangerous. Before you get rid of it, offer the used paint if it’s in good condition to neighbors or local friends and family. Maybe even the new homeowner may appreciate it for quick touch-ups. Good Housekeeping suggests posting it on FreeCycle.com or TrashNothing.com where others can take it off your hands. If nothing pans out, dry it out. The paint, that is, by using cat litter, continues Good Housekeeping. Check with your municipality to see if they accept it or if you can toss it in your trash.
Trash Your Trash Cans
It’s almost laughable how hard it is to get rid of a trash can, but it can be done! Place a sign on the unwanted trash can that states, “free”, or one asking the trash collector to please take it. Cutting up the can and trashing it or recycling it, if it’s made of a recyclable plastic or aluminum, are two other options, Ehow continues.
Rarely is there a reason to keep old tires and the moving company probably won’t haul or store them. Contact your municipality to see if they accept them for collection or if any tire-donation programs exist in your area.