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Useful info

APDO accreditation

I am proud to be an accredited member of APDO, the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers. APDO provides professional support and a commitment to on-going education and training for members. I am a board member and help train new professional organisers. I have completed both their training courses.

All members have professional liability and indemnity insurance and are registered with the ICO. This is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

www.apdo.co.uk

Compulsive hoarding

Compulsive hoarding is a distressing and debilitating psychological condition that is only just beginning to be recognised. The aim of this website is to provide a comprehensive resource of up-to-date information about compulsive hoarding, its diagnosis, research, treatment and the available support.

www.compulsive-hoarding.org

Recycling

Your local authority will always provide information about local services:

Southwark Reuse & Recycling Centre
Address: 43 Devon Street, (off Old Kent Road) London, SE15 1AL
Tel: 020 7525 2000 
Please check website to see details of opening hours & what can be disposed of here. Currently they accept old paint for use by charities etc (see below)

Lewisham Reuse & Recycling Centre
Address: Civic Amenities Site, Landmann Way, SE14 5RS
Please check website to see details of opening hours & what can be disposed of here.

Freecycle
This is a nonprofit organisation for people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. The donor advertises goods on their local Freecycle group. They then arrange a convenient time and place for with the interested party to collect the goods with no money exchanging hands. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers. Membership is free. WARNING If you have a tendency to collect goods beware browsing the site- you could end up with more than you got rid of! 

www.freecycle.org

London Re-use Network
No-one wants to see perfectly good stuff going to waste. That’s why the London Re-use Network exists. They are a network of charities working together to find new homes for good quality furniture and appliances that are no longer wanted. This includes office furniture and equipment. If you’d like to book a collection or find out more about the network or to find your local re-use centre, please visit the main site.

www.londonreuse.org

Selling Vintage items

Make easy money from unwanted items such as old coins, watches, jewellery or medals:

  1. Contact them to find out if they are interested
  2. Receive your free shipping labels
  3. Send them your things in a box for free
  4. They will make a fair offer for your box quickly
  5. Accept and get paid the same day

www.vintagecashcow.co.uk

Selling rare books

For more details of how to sell rare/ out of print books look online.                    
buyback.abebooks.co.uk

Emmaus charity

Emmaus is a great charity which works with the homeless. They accept donations of furniture, electrical items and clothing and can often collect your items.

“Just because you no longer need an item, don’t throw it away, by donating it to Emmaus you’re not only keeping it out of landfill, but you’re also making sure it goes to a new home, while also doing something to help others.”

www.emmaus.org.uk

Unwanted paint

Community RePaint schemes collect reusable, leftover paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families, communities and charities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places across the UK.

www.communityrepaint.org.uk

Vinyl Records/ CDs

Rat records buy & sell vinyl & cds: The helpful owner Tom also knows about selling secondhand musical instruments and the secondhand book market..
www.ratrecordsuk.net

DVDs etc

Read moneytothemasses.com/musicmagpie-vs-ebay/ This article explores relative advantages of ebay vs Music Magpie to sell secondhand dvds. It’s worth mentioning that Magpie collect for free now, so if you’re time poor or don’t want them cluttering up your home any longer than necessary they may be worth trying.

Beware going into a shop which buys second-hand DVDs if you have any tendency to impulse shop or you may end up leaving with more than you came with!

Music Magpie
You can de-clutter and get cash by musicMagpie’ing items. Just enter the barcode of the CD, DVD, Game, make and model of your Tech or Electronics or the brand and garment type of the clothes that you want to sell in the Valuation Engine and click the “Get Value” button for an instant offer price.

www.musicmagpie.co.uk