Eco-Friendly Solutions for Disposing Unwanted Household Items

Everyone has good intention when they finally set aside time to clear years of accumulated clutter. The problem lies when we look around our homes; our enthusiasm quickly fizzles because we don’t know where or how to get rid of our stuff?

Here are 8 Eco-friendly solutions for disposing those more challenging household items.question-mark

1. Paints and stains: Find a nearby Orange Drop site to take hazardous waste where it will be safely recycled or otherwise disposed of. Take care to avoid spillage when transporting liquids.

2. Electronics: The City of Toronto offers curb-side collection for electronic equipment on scheduled garbage bin collection days. Computers, monitors, printers, fax machines and televisions are also accepted at Recycling and Solid Waste Depots or Community Environment Days.

3. Prescription eyeglasses: The Lions Club collects, cleans and sorts eye glasses (as well as hearing aids) and gives them to needy people in many countries around the world. You can drop glasses off at any eye care office (e.g. optometrist), directly at your nearest Lions Club or mail glasses to the Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre.

4. Sports equipment: Donate sports equipment, camping gear and/or outdoor seasonal clothing to Futurewatch, to help enhance recreational programs being offer to new Canadians. All equipment donated over $50.00 in value will receive a taxable receipt.

5. Clothing: Donate to New Circles  a not-for-profit social service agency that strives to help residents of the City of Toronto, with a focus on those residing in the Flemingdon Park, Thorncliffe Park and Victoria Village communities who need support. The primary service is the clothing program which provides new and gently used clothing for men, women and children. Linens are accepted as well

6. Arts & Craft Items: The Fred Victor Mission, a multi-service non-profit organization serving homeless and low-income adults, needs donations of art equipment and materials in good condition for their art program.

7. Bicycles: Evergreen Bike Works accepts used bicycles and bike parts. They tune-up your discarded bike and pass it along to someone in our communities who needs it.

8. Car Tires: Rethink Tires drop off up to four used tires for free. Find the nearest disposal collector to you

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Purge & Surge – Get rid of the clutter

Spring has finally arrived showing its pretty head with the gradual increase in temperature, budding trees and colourful spring flowers. Spring also brings out our natural desire to rejuvenate our home after hibernating inside all winter long. Many people have good intention to tackle their clear out projects, but good intentions come to a grinding halt because they don’t know where to begin.

Follow our simple organizing tips and you will be well on your way to reducing clutter and creating more space.

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  1. Decide why you want to declutter and write it down so you are focused. Could be you are embarrassed or tired of the mess or perhaps a special guest is coming to stay for a couple of weeks;
  2. Write a list of all the rooms you want to tackle in order of priority, i.e., most urgent first.
    Don’t try and do it all at once;
  3. Set aside time to complete your task, i.e., an entire weekend;
  4. Enlist your partner or a friend – four hands are better than two;
  5. Collect supplies in advance: (a) big plastic bags – black for garbage, blue for recycling and clear for donations, (b) plastic bins for storage, (c) bins for “not sure” items, (d) bins to relocate items to other rooms, (e) file folders for paper and (f) markers, labels and tapes ;
  6. Start with the biggest objects in each room such a dresser or closet then move to the knickknacks and accessories;
  7. Pass on belongings that you haven’t used or worn in a year;
  8. Only keep items that serve a purpose or reflect who you are;
  9. Organise as you go along, group like with like;
  10. Always finish one room before you go on to the next, otherwise you make more clutter and confuse yourself;
  11. Store all off-season clothes in suitcases, clean bins or quality vacuum packs; and
  12. Once all the clutter is gone, create a place for everything that’s left. Having a place for everything eliminates the clutter from building up again.
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LATER LIFE TRANSITIONS

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Moving from a home of several years can be very stressful for most people and especially so for seniors.  Later life moves usually mean saying goodbye to many treasured items that hold memories of one’s life.  It means the loss of neighbors, services and social habits that may be decades old and the prospect of ‘starting over’ can have a heavy emotional toll.

Social changes have made it increasingly difficult for family members to provide all of the physical and emotional support needed for such moves.  Grown children often live far away and have their own family and career commitments.  Whatever the situation, seniors need more assistance when it comes time to transition from one living situation to another.​ Fortunately, with the aging population phenomenon, move organizing services have emerged to help fill the gaps and make moving easier for everyone involved.

A move manager differs from a moving company because they provide a multi-faceted approach to the transition process. They can help families make decisions on everything from where to go to post-move support and advocacy. They can do as much or as little as you want from planning a move to hanging the last picture in a new space.​

Services Focus On: ​​

1. Researching the best options for your new living arrangements.

2. Planning your downsizing, move logistics and resettlement.

3. Disposition of surplus items through sale, donations or gifts.

4. Home staging and post-sale property clear out.

5. Pre and post-move advocacy and concierge support​

When selecting a Senior Move Manager, make sure they are accredited, insured and bonded. These professionals are trained to work with older adults and follow a strict code of ethics that meet the standards of their certification and professional membership organizations. Senior Move Managers are committed to personalized attention and care and receive a great sense of satisfaction when helping clients and their families move forward with their new living arrangements.

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