Hoarding occurs over a very long period and it is common among people of all lifestyles – from the wealthy to the poor. It can be hard to trash something that you are emotionally attached to. After losing a loved one, some people choose to keep various individual items to work as a reminder of their good time. Others choose to keep items to remind them of their youthful days. Other people will hoard items for a different reason. Here are the 9 commonly hoarded items.

1) Old cell phones

You do not have to keep any old phone because it might be out of date and likely to occupy important space. Donate them to organisations, which use the proceeds from donations to help people.

2) Feminine hygiene products

Every woman will want to be properly stocked on hygiene products – men will also want their wives and daughters to have the best feminine hygiene products. Unfortunately, when the cosmetics change their colour, lose their scent or change consistency you should dump them. That does not happen. Most women will continue keeping them in their homes.

3) Product manuals

Manuals are useful. They will be more helpful if you have no idea how to take the product apart and reassemble it. Fortunately, the product manufacturers, especially producers of electronic devices, publish the manuals on their websites. That means you should not keep the hard copies anymore. You can retrieve them from the websites at any time.

4) Socks

Socks are among the items that most people overlook. Whether you are among the people who rarely move or those who love touring the countryside and mountains, your feet will take most of the wear and tear during the day. So, your socks will wear out naturally. Unfortunately, they are among the items we do not repair. We will do anything possible to repair our clothing but not socks. Socks are inexpensive and among the things that end up piling in our homes. You should start seeing the worn-out socks as garbage.

5) Old prescription and over the counter medication

It is the time you start checking the expiration dates on your prescription and over the counter medication. If any of them is past the prime date, toss it. However, you have to be careful because some people can misuse or even sell the old medications if they found them in the trash. Dispose of opiates and most other drugs properly. You can call your doctor for instructions on the disposal part.

6) Newspapers and magazines

Send any newspaper over two days old for recycling unless there are articles mentioning you or your children in it. If you do not want to keep the whole newspaper, clip the important sections and file them. When it comes to magazines, it can be hard to know what to keep and what to trash because they might contain recipes and articles that you might want to visit from time to time. If you know the sections that you need, clip them and file them. Send everything else for recycling.

7) Tools

Today, most tools are inexpensive and manufacturers are releasing high-quality tools in large amounts for people to buy them. However, storing many sets of hammers, wrenches, sockets and axes in our homes becomes a problem. In addition to the tools, you are likely to start buying mineral oils to protect them from rusting. You might also need linseed oil to treat the wooden handles. All those items will end up taking much of your space and make your rooms look bad. As Paul’s Rubbish Removal, we will help you know what to keep and what to give away or sell. You do not have to keep saw blades, sharp axes and knives in your home if you rarely use them.

8) Books

Even though the content in most books is available on the internet, most people will still keep huge piles of books in their homes. So, you are likely to find many books on shelves and boxes covering first aid, gardening, repairs, home maintenance, self-defence, prepping and philosophy. Even though they are important, they take a large space in our homes and make our rooms appear crowded. You can go for the soft copies and keep only what you need in hardcopies.

9) Trash bags

There will be days when you will miss your garbage collection day once or even twice. But at the end of the day, the excrement and trash have to go somewhere. Which is your plan for that? Unfortunately, hoarding of the trash bags can affect your health exponentially. They will attract and keep more pests in your home. Paul’s Rubbish Removal will help you limit your exposure and that of your family to harmful bacteria in the waste and pests by eliminating the trash bags. That way, you will reduce the chances of sickness in your home.

As Paul’s Rubbish Removal, we are here to help you get rid of what you do not need. Our team will help you sort out items so that you can know what to send to the landfills or for recycling. We’re professional and effective at what we do. We deal with garbage and junk on the daily, so when you need our services to remove your unwanted household, office or construction waste, we’ll arrive on site to get the job done.

Call our 24 hour support team on 0407 125 125 for all bookings and general enquiries.

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    Excellent service, quote given on the spot for major clean-up of household throw-outs. The team provides quick, efficient and courteous removal! Very satisfied customer.
    Les Thompson - Bondi
    You guys are great, I’ll happily recommend you. I just wished I had found you sooner. I felt your price was a little too low when you quoted… so I didn’t think you would do such a good job… well done for proving me wrong.
    Sheryl D - Maroubra
    Paul, sensational job as always, love how easy you make it look. Definitely won’t hesitate in calling you again should either my family or friends need rubbish removed. Thanks again!
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