What Do I Do With…?

All too often, we have stuff lingering around our homes simply because we don’t know what to do with it.

That old CD collection. The DVDs you never watch anymore. A busted printer.

They just take up space, weighing us down like clutter tends to do.

If you’re ready to clear out that cabinet or desk, there’s no better time than now! Dealing with the junk will free up so much space and energy in your home (we promise!). Fortunately for us Austinites, there are several resources around town that can help you get rid of that lingering stuff. (And if you don’t live in Austin, check out your city’s website to find resources near you.)

CDs and DVDs

Media items that are still in good/usable condition can be donated to the Austin Public Library’s Recycled Reads program. They will accept anything printed or recorded, except magazines as well as tablets and e-readers.

Small Electronics

Electronics, such as printers or kitchen items, that still function can be donated to charities like Salvation Army or Goodwill. Broken electronics can be taken to the Recycle and Reuse Drop-Off Center.

Additionally, Best Buy has an electronics and appliances recycling program that accepts almost everything, including laptops, computers, cell phones, and cameras. They offer discounts or trade-ins on some products if you bring in items to recycle.

If you’re interested in getting rid of an old laptop or computer, it might be a good idea to extract the data and wipe your files before donating or recycling. There are ways to do this on your own, or you might feel more comfortable hiring someone to do it for you.

Batteries and Household Waste

Unused household chemicals, paint, and batteries can be taken to the city’s Recycle and Reuse Drop-Off Center. See a full list of what is accepted and not accepted at the drop-off center here.

Additionally, Duke’s Junk Recycling in Wells Branch accepts mattresses, furniture, household and construction waste and other items. They do charge fees (which you can view on their website), and they offer a pickup service.

It might take a little time to gather your items and remove them from your home, but the results – peace of mind and a clearer space – are so worth it!

P.S. Don’t forget that donation drop-off is included with our hands-on organizing service, so we can save you a trip (or three).