Eco-friendly Tips

10 Things To Get Rid of This Fall (& What To Do With Them)

Alas, summer is truly gone. Start off fresh for fall by doing a swift decluttering sweep. Nothing too intense here. These should be quick and easy decisions. What to do with everything that you’ve painlessly decluttered? Don’t fret, I’ve included recommendations for how to either eek out some more life or how to safely dispose of it. For the cherry on the top, make a few eco-friendly swaps while you’re at it.

  1. Beauty products, sunscreen, samples & travel sizes you aren’t using or that are expired. Sunscreen typically only lasts one year.

    What to do with them? Give them to a friend if they aren’t past their expiration or empty the contents, rinse and recycle if they are.

  2. Condiments & spices that you aren’t using or that are expired. Also foods that have been in the freezer all summer.

    What to do with them? Compost, rise & recycle the glass & plastic containers.

  3. Plastic food storage containers that are misshapen, stained or missing lids.

    What to do with them? Recycle and replace with glass containers.

  4. Appliances & utensils you haven’t used in months.

    What to do with them? Donate to Housing Works, Goodwill or Salvation Army.

  5. Dishes, bowls, mugs or glasses that are chipped or broken.

    What to do with them? Wrap in cloth or paper, label as broken glass and put in the trash.

  6. Summer clothing, swimsuits, shoes & accessories that you didn’t wear, didn’t enjoy wearing or that are damaged or worn.

    What to do with them? Full guide this way.

  7. Worn out bedding and towels.

    What to do with them? Reuse for rags or donate to your local animal shelter.

  8. Books & magazines you finished or aren’t planning to read.

    What to do with them? Pass them on to a friend or donate to your library, Housing Works, Goodwill or Salvation Army.

  9. Crusty old cleaning supplies.

    What to do with them? Check the label for disposal instructions. If you typically use the product with water to clean, it is usually safe to pour it down the drain while running water. Consider replacing commercial cleaning supplies with baking soda & vinegar or non-toxic alternatives.

  10. Excessive paper & plastic bags.

    What to do with them? Many grocery stores and chain stores have plastic bag collections. Aim to use a reusable Baggu bag, canvas tote or net bag for the majority of your shopping.