Another year is almost over, and for those of you who only live here for the school year, you’ll be packing up and heading home as soon as you hand in your last exam. Or, if you’re graduating, you may be packing up for good (sniff). If you’re renting a place off campus, it means you’ll be cleaning up and getting rid of a lot of stuff. Pro tip: don’t just throw it haphazardly on the curb; get rid of it properly. Here’s how you can purge without annoying your neighbours (and the planet).
1. Don’t toss it, sell it
You’re sure to have accumulated a bunch of stuff over your years at Dal, and a lot of you can likely sell. Try posting your items on your respective “Official Dalhousie Class of…” Facebook group where other students can see if they’re interested. You can also sell your textbooks back to the Dal bookstore. For your other items (old bar fridge, that guitar you never play), try Kijiji or Facebook Marketplace. Or maybe throw a yard sale at your place!
2. Take things home
Set your priorities straight and take the most important things home with you. Think about what you are sure to reuse, or things that really hold sentimental value to you. You probably won’t need that T-shirt you only wore once. If you’re wondering how to sort your stuff, check out our article on the Marie Kondo way.
3. Donate it
If you’re like me and going home after graduation to a place that doesn’t get too cold, you may not have as much use for all those thick sweaters and long-sleeve shirts you’ve accumulated. It’s always a good idea to keep some, but why not donate the ones that you won’t wear again.
Parker Street Food & Furniture Bank in Halifax provides food, furniture, and other household items (not to mention computer skills training and other great services) to families in need. If you have furniture or small appliances that you’re done with, why not donate them here? Call 902-425-2125 to arrange pick up. Some other organizations that will gladly take some of your old stuff are:
You could also collect it all for the Dump and Run on Sun, April 28. Here’s what you can donate to this charitable garage sale:
- Sport equipment (except safety equipment)
- Household items
- Non-perishable foods
- Monetary donations
They won’t take are mattresses, soft-covered furniture, or your broken stuff.
You can either drop off your stuff at Studley Gym the day before the sale, or email email@example.com to book a time for them pick up your stuff on Fri, April 26 or Sat, April 27.
4. Kick it to the curb
There are inevitably going to be some things you just can’t keep, no matter how badly you want to. These are the things that just won’t fit in your luggage no matter how hard you try, or stuff that won’t be of any use to anyone else. As a last resort, toss it.
Make sure you separate it and put in the garbage for regular collection. But remember, garbage is only collected every two weeks and if you’re living in a house, you have a 6-bag limit (5 of which must be clear plastic). You can also leave one bulky item with your garbage (e.g. a sofa, stove, or insanely large piece of art). So if you have a lot of stuff you need to get rid of, and you’re going to go past your limit, you have to plan it out and arrange something with a junk removal company.
If you live near Dal’s Halifax campuses, you only have one garbage collection day left before the end of the month: April 22 (coincidentally, Earth Day!).
Make sure you know what goes in the garbage, what goes in the paper recycling, what goes in the plastics/cans recycling, and what goes in the green bin. Get the What Goes Where app or print off a customized schedule and sorting guide for your address.
If you’re at the Agricultural Campus in Truro, your last garbage collection day this month is on April 24. For heavy and bulky household items, the dates of the Truro spring clean-up differ depending on where you live. Check what you’re allowed to leave on the curb for the spring clean-ups. And get all the rest of your collection info here.
And please, please, please, be a good neighbour and citizen and follow the rules! Don’t be that person who dumps everything they own on the curb and catches the first flight home.
Nari knows she has to start thinking now about how she’s going to sell her mini fridge before she goes home in April.