How to declutter responsibly

Planning for a weekend home decluttering session or packing up for a move? It is indeed a tedious task to get rid of items that you had amassed over the years, especially when most of them carry sentimental value in your life. However, some things just have to go when they are no longer valuable or beneficial for our current lives. 

By decluttering your space, we don’t mean to clutter up your trash or the landfill. Even when bidding goodbye to items we once fancy, we should dispose of them responsibly instead of chucking them all into one bin. Here are 4 categories of items you can sort your items into:

1.Unwanted yet usable 

Yes, we live in a hyper-consumerism society that is constantly fueling our desire to purchase items for instant gratification. Oftentimes, you might not even need them. When decluttering, sort items that you no longer need yet are still usable in one box. You can give the items a second life by selling them, donating to relevant charities, giveaway on your community free giving platform or simply ask people around you if they have a need for it! Remember, one man’s trash is another’s treasure. Always opt for options to extend the life cycle of your unwanted items before disposing or recycling them. 

2. Electronic waste (e-waste)

With the ever-changing technological innovations, we are switching away gadgets faster than ever, making e-waste the fastest growing waste in the world. It is important to dispose of our damaged electronics, appliances or even batteries and cables responsibly as they contain harmful chemicals and components that are detrimental to human health and the environment when mishandled or dumped in landfills. Do look into your local council waste management facilities or private collection and recycling organisations to dispose of your e-waste correctly.

3.Fabric waste

Just like e-waste, fabric waste is also one of the fastest-growing waste worldwide because we simply own more than what we can wear, especially when fashionable clothing is more accessible and affordable to the public. Fabric waste basically includes anything made out of textiles such as clothes, bedsheets, table cloth and many more. They should be kept out of landfills as they would release methane gas, contributing to global warming. Consider donating your fabric waste to second-hand shops or charities or you can recycle them with your local fabric recycling company.


Since young, we were taught to throw our trash into the right bins. Make a habit of segregating your household recyclables into paper, glass, plastic, aluminum and tin categories and bring them to your local recycling facilities once they’re full. Some recycling centers would even offer a buy-back system where you can get rewarded with money in return for sending in your recyclables. 

Here we have a few categories you can sort your items into when decluttering! Now, you can break away with items you no longer fancy in a responsible manner. 

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