Say goodbye to all your junk and fill yourself with the joys of spring
There are a number of ways to declutter your home and, in some cases, even make a tidy profit
With spring officially due to start on Saturday (February 1), now is the time to get going on that home decluttering job you've probably been putting off for ever.
Though daunting, getting rid of all the excess stuff that's cluttering up your home can also have great spin-off benefits such as enhanced productivity and peace of mind.
Smart Consumer took a look at some of the options for getting rid of your household junk – and even ways to make money out of it.
Get a skip
Just the fact of having somewhere to ditch all that useless junk and broken furniture may be enough to spur you into action.
A1 Skips operate in Dublin, Louth, Meath and Wicklow – charging €95 for a mini skip holding 2.5 cubic yards, €145 for a midi holding four cubic yards, and €199 for a standard skip holding six cubic yards.
Skip-hire.ie rents skips nationwide with similar prices.
Skip bags are another handy option and cost €52 for a baby bag holding one tonne and €72 for a mini holding 1.25 tonnes, available from A1 Waste at 01 4510599.
Sell it off
Buckley's in Dublin's Sandycove has weekly furniture auctions every Thursday with a commission of 21pc on the sale price. Hermann & Wilkinson in Rathmines also runs weekly auctions.
Online sites include Donedeal.ie, which charges the seller between €1 and €5 per item listed, while Gumtree.ie and Adverts.ie are other options.
eBay is a huge player with massive international reach, which can be great if you have collectors' items to sell. It typically charges a listing fee of between 15c and €3 per item, plus 10pc of the final selling price.
Some new shops have also sprung up in many towns that will buy bags of clothes, typically around €15 for a bag or up to €1 per kilo.
Car-boot sales take place all over the country.
In Dublin, there are numerous sales with regular ones every Saturday in Tallaght and Sunday in Ballymun, costing €20 per car.
Outside the capital the typical price is between €8 and €15 per car, with details of some of them on collectireland.com.
Experts advise arriving early to claim your spot and making sure you have plenty of change and plastic bags to give customers.
Charity shops are always crying out for fresh supplies of saleable goods including clothing and bric-a-brac.
For bulky, larger items such as sofas or other furniture, Age Action has a free collection service in the Dublin M50 area – but they'll only accept goods of saleable quality. They can be contacted on 01 4756989.
Oxfam Home, in Dublin's Francis Street and Parnell Street, also takes items in good condition and can provide details of a delivery service for around €30 in Dublin.
Give it away
There's usually plenty of takers for decent unwanted items so check out freetradeireland.ie where you can list goods for free. To minimise hassle, prioritise passing it on to someone who's nearby, or has transport to take it off your hands as soon as possible.
Most local councils operate recycling plants which accept most household junk and debris, but check details with each.
Dublin City Council centres in Ringsend and North Strand charge €15 per carload, €20 per jeep/SUV, €40 for a car and trailer, and €70 for a van.
In Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Ballyogan centre charges €30 for a car/SUV, €60 for a small van, and €100 for a larger van.
Cork City Recycling Centre on the Kinsale Road charges €2 per car load for normal recyclables and scrap metal, while general household waste including furniture costs €20 per carload, €30 for an SUV, €40 for a small van, and €40-70 for trailers.
Limerick Recycling Centre in Mungret charges €0.28 per kilo for bulky household waste – approximately €20 for a sofa. For smaller recyclable items including scrap metal, Mungret and the centres in Kilmallock and Newcastle West charge €5 per carload and €12 for a van or trailers. Painted wood is not accepted.
Galway City recycle plant in Liosbán Industrial Estate accepts pre-sorted household waste for free, though items should be dismantled, with glass and metal separated.
The council will also collect bulky goods from people's homes with charges such as €9 for an armchair or barbecue and €18 for a sofa or double bed. Contact the council at 091 536400.