Nowadays, the various opportunities and different options of how we dispose of your unwanted household items is on the rise, which is great news for those of you that on an eco-conscious journey. Of course, the variety of choices does dependent quite a lot on where you and your home are based but there is hope that over time, it will be just as easy for those in more rural areas to donate or pass on clutter sustainably as it is for those in more urban areas.
But let’s be brutally honest. Donating your clutter instead of just throwing it into landfill does take time and effort, and it requires a conscious choice to want to take this action. If you decide to start to make a few changes in how you let go of odds and ends that are no longer needed in your home, there are quite a few benefits that might not be so obvious.
This is such a big hype word right now, and it can feel like there is a lot of pressure for you to figure out your all-important life purpose. But what if you take it back a notch, and just think about purpose as being one thing that makes you feel good about yourself? That definitely feels better and much more manageable and can be connected to something as easy as how you donate your clutter.
If you are someone that would like to take action or perhaps you already do things to reduce the waste that ends up in the landfill, then making conscious choices about where you take your unwanted jumble can create that feeling of having a purpose. You are taking a stand and saying that the world needs to stop dumping so many items as waste, and you are doing your bit to support this worthy cause. Instead of throwing away perfectly useable items, you are giving them a second life and helping to reduce the amount of stuff that ends up in landfill. Not only that but donating items to organisations that can really reuse them can give you a huge sense of fulfilment because you know that the things you are discarding are going to a good cause. How satisfying is that!
How can this possibly have anything to do with donating sustainably you might be wondering? And why is a having a feeling of belonging important anyway?
Belonging, it can be argued, is a basic human need, and when your needs are being met, you perform better as a person. Having a sense of belonging can also help you to manage your stress levels and can create a feeling of being supported. When you feel like others have your back when times get tough, it makes you more resilient, and this, in turn, helps you to cope better when life throws complications your way.
So, how can getting rid of unwanted castoffs in an eco-friendlier way help you you’re one of your basic human needs? Clearing and decluttering items from your home that you no longer need or want creates opportunities for you to find local organisations and places to take these bits and pieces. This increases your awareness of what donation options are available in your local area, creates a sense of familiarity with your surroundings, gets you interacting with new people possibly on a regular basis, allows you to help those in your area that are in need and supports local businesses or charities, all of which can promote your overall sense of belonging.
As the world gets busier and busier, it is becoming more common for feelings of being all alone to increase and sometimes even make you feel isolated from the world around you. Feeling like you are part of a community and having the chance to connect with other people can help you feel less alone. The simple step of donating your unwanted stuff to local initiatives and organisations can give you opportunities to connect with other like-minded people in your local area. By giving back in this easy way, you can foster these connections, and it can often lead to new opportunities presenting themselves to you that you might not have otherwise come across. On top of that, you are helping support your community, and that gives you a sense of investment in your local area. When you care about something, you are more likely to take steps to find out more about it or even to help improve it, again getting you closer to connecting with others that have similar interests.
4) Helping Others
It’s interesting that if you ask most people, the thing that they love most about what they do in their career is often helping others. Which just goes to show how important it is for most people to have the chance to feel as though they have the chance to do this in their lives. While this may or may not be true for you in your job, it is possible to have this opportunity just by donating items you no longer want or need to local, worthwhile causes. There is not much that can beat the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you can provide much-needed support to those that are struggling in some way or another. It might be that your items can be used by someone that just doesn’t have the funds to buy those items themselves or maybe your items can be used to raise funds to support organisations that provide support in other ways. Either way, you are making life just that little bit better for someone else. It’s a win, win!
5) Learning Opportunity
It is amazing the power that learning can have in your everyday life. It can change the way you view the world, your opinions about things or even the choices you make. Taking the time to research and find out about local charities or initiatives can present causes that you may never have come across before or had an awareness that there were others that struggled with those needs. This also means that you may find out different ways that supporting these causes alleviates the load for others. By being curious and asking questions about areas of life that people may struggle with day-to-day, it can broaden your mind and give you insights to increase your overall understanding and compassion.
If you have ever tried to pass on an unwanted item that proved tricky to get rid of, you may have already begun to bring mindfulness to the things that you bring into your home. Almost every item/thing/clutter that lives in your home, in every space that your home has to offer will, at some point in the future, be passed on in some way or another. Some items will naturally come to the end of their life, and these are the easy ones to get rid of but it’s all the others that will require time and decisions if you choose that you no longer want or need it. When you buy or acquire any new items that you are bringing into your home, do you ask yourself how you will pass it on when it’s no longer needed? Chances are pretty slim that this happens, which is perfectly reasonable because most people don’t think this way. But what if you did start to bring this mindfulness to any new things coming into your home? There is a good chance that it may make you think a bit more about whether the item is really wanted or needed. This isn’t a bad thing. It’s just a bit of forward planning that could save you time and hassle in the future.
There you have it-six really great benefits of donating sustainably that you may not have considered before now. Whether it’s purpose, belonging, community, helping others, learning opportunities or mindfulness or perhaps it’s a combination of a few, either way you will experience good things when you start to donate your unwanted or need things in more eco-friendly ways. Why not get started today?