Looking to dispose of old paint or any other hazardous waste? Don't let this be an obstacle in your decluttering session. Here's what to do.
QUICK BUT IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE: Shuffling stuff around, rather than getting the discards out of the house, is one of the ways in which we procrastinate and then getting organized never happens. There is a specific formula that will not only reverse this detrimental thought process but will stop the disorganization cycle altogether. With this specific formula, you will be able to beat every barrier your mind puts between you and a clutter-free life.
Then, it's even harder to get organized.
There is a procrastination method that I like to call The Gathering Phase. It refers to taking the time to gather the stuff you no longer want, but that's where it ends. The discards don't actually get discarded. They are simply gathered up in a corner or an unlabeled box, and then they collect dust.
The procrastination comes in when it's time to actually get the discards out of the house. If you don't know how to discard the items because they are hazardous in some way, then they end up staying put and continuing to take up valuable space and/or being shuffled around your house.
That said, I wanted to help remove this hurdle for you and this blog post came to be. Below you'll find information on how to dispose of hazardous waste from your home.
PAINT & CHEMICALS
First, what kind of paint do you have? Latex-based? Oil-based? Figure that out and sort what you have.
Second, do a Google search for your local transfer station (aka dump). Your county should have instructions for how and where to dispose of paint and other chemicals, depending on what they are.
Third, simply block some time off in your calendar to dispose everything accordingly (e.g. go drop it off).
BATTERIES & ELECTRONICS
You have 3 options:
It's also important to decipher what kind of battery it is (e.g. alkaline battery, car battery, etc.). Once you know, then do some research on the internet about how to dispose of that kind of battery properly in your geographic location.
HAZARDOUS WASTE REMOVAL SERVICES
Go to Google, do a search for "household hazardous waste removal" and include your geographic location. You should be able to find local services that will come pick up your hazardous waste and dispose of it accordingly and environmentally.
You can also do a more specific search for the type of waste it is. For example, we have a local lady who will pick up unwanted paint.
CURRENT HOME SERVICES
Take advantage of the people you've already hired to work on and in your home.
For example, if you've got a painter then he or she will probably know how to dispose of old paint and might even do it for you. If you've got an electrician or handyman, then he will probably know how to dispose of light bulbs and other electrical items.
There you have it: DIY as well as paid methods for getting rid of hazardous household waste.
I also put together a blog post detailing 4 ways to get rid of discards FOR FREE without leaving your home and how to donate stuff WITHOUT LIFTING OR HAULING anything.
Remember, it's the shuffling around of stuff that I referenced at the beginning of this blog post that can keep our homes full of clutter. If this procrastination method resonates with you, then check out The Procrastinator's Guide To Getting Organized.