Maybe you’ve read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, maybe you’re moving house, or maybe you’ve just decided it’s time for a good old spring clean and clear out. But you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to get rid of all the excess stuff you’ve discovered around your house.

So here’s our handy guide to help you make progress on your big clear out and clean up mission!

Donate it

There’s any number of charities and op shops who love donations of good, wearable clothes, bedding, linen, furniture and other household items. Groups like St Vincents De Paul, the Salvation Army and the Smith Family will gratefully receive many items and will often even come and collect directly from your home. You can also gift items to family and friends but make sure that they truly do want and have a use for it. You don’t want to add to somebody elses storage and hoarding problem!

Cash it

Often, just because you no longer have a need for an item, doesn’t mean that its worthless. Try selling your goods on second-hand marketplaces like eBay or Gumtree, or try your local buy/swap/sell group on Facebook.

Bin it

Of course, you’ll no doubt find a lot of stuff that’s been stored for no obvious reason. A lonely spare tile for the bathroom before you renovated it, a shelf from your old oven, three broken pedestal fans, deflated balls, and the list continues. For many households, it can make financial sense to book a skip bin or rubbish collection service to take away a lot of these items.

Shred it

Before you start throwing old paperwork into the skip bin or your general household bins though, take a moment to stop and think about the sensitive data that could be contained in those old pieces of paperwork. Identity theft is a big problem and disposing documents without consideration for the security risks can leave you open to being a victim of fraud. To protect yourself and your family, Metro Shred can provide you with a secure, locked bin for paperwork and documents on a regular or one-off basis. Well deliver a bin, and then collect it again after two weeks. You can rest assured that your documents will be taken away for shredding with security guaranteed at all steps in the process from collection and transportation through to final destruction.

To make a booking to have a secure document bin delivered to your home, call Metro Shred on 1300 677 074.