Update on Dump Your Junk January Challenge

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my zero waste january challenge dump your junkAt the end of December I issued a ‘Dump Your Junk’ January Challenge!

The idea was to spend the month of January getting your home in order

It was opportunity to get rid of the stuff you no longer needed, wanted or loved.

And I can’t believe how many of you are on board!

Here are some of the things you’ve been up to, the issues you are facing and the solutions you’ve found:


Over on Twitter Claire said

It seems many of you find it hard to release things that you either spent a lot of money on, or are sentimental.

What are your solutions for this?


Reader Just Gai is up for the challenge. She wrote “I’m in.  A hoarder by nature my house is bursting with things that I should have parted company with years ago (and some things that I should never have bought in the first place!).  We plan to move back to Scotland in a couple of years’ time, to a two bedroom flat from a four bedroom house, so at least half our stuff has to go, and quite frankly the sooner the better.  I’ve tried the 15 minute declutter before and found it very helpful, so I’m going to go for it again combined with the MinsGame.  I’m looking forward to seeing what my house looks like with 400 items less.”

Over on Twitter she rallied the troops:

Off to the Recycling Centre

Emma, from Cheshire Wife was way ahead of the game! She emailed:

We’ve started already – just on the way to the tip 🙂 I’d love to join in 🙂

Suzanne was already running the decluttering baton too. She wrote:

4 bags waiting to go! We’re having new bedroom furniture, so what better time for a clear out? Pleased to say, Hubby seems to have got the message this time. No way will he ever fit back into those jeans or wear those ties!

 Inspired On Twitter again, Hertfordshire’s County, District and Borough Councils work together on waste reduction and recycling schemes. They tweeted:

Getting rid of unwanted gifts

Another common problem that came up was how to get rid of unwanted gifts. I have some thoughts on this which I blogged about in the summer. Check out ‘How to get rid of gifts without the guilt‘ and let me know how YOU deal with this. You can also hold onto gifts and donate them to a raffle – schools, Scouts / Brownies and community groups are often after raffle prizes. Lyn came up with the following suggestion: “A Facebook outlet for unwanted presents are the auction pages for special interest groups raising money to help where there is a particular need. These groups are usually closed groups so you would need to join to view but funds are raised by members posting an item for auction with a closing date and time and highest bid wins. Poster pays for postage and funds go in via Paypal to the group. All done on trust.”

How to recycle individual chocolate wrappers

Amy was sorting through clothes and toys to donate to her nephews and nieces and the charity shop. She also came across loads of individual chocolate wrappers; like you get with Roses and Heroes, as she’d been gifted lots of chocolates this year and was wondering what to do with them. I know that Quality Street wrappers are compostable – does anyone know about other brands?

Charity shops and dog homes

Vicky has been putting her unwanted stuff to good use by sending bedding to a dogs home:

I’d love to know how you are getting on!

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Amy asked how to recycle old sweet wrappers: some things simply don’t recycle! However, if these are clean., I include them in my bag for kindergarten or child care centres, for “children’s art”. These are always welcome there.

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