You’ve done it! You’ve sorted through all your stuff (or at least have started to), and you know what will be coming with you to your new home, and what will not. Now… what to do with all this stuff?
Not everything can just be thrown in the trash- electronics, cans of paint, batteries, old medications, highly flammable items, and large items need special attention when it comes to disposal. Take a look at our guide below to see what you can do with all those things that are too good to throw away, or may not be eligible to go in the standard trash or recycling.
Special Disposal Centers
Recycle Ann Arbor’s has four total locations, two of which may be particularly helpful: the Reuse Center at 2420 South Industrial Hwy, and the Drop-Off Station at 2950 East Ellsworth Rd. The ReUse center accepts any usable items as donations, like furniture and household items. At the Drop-Off Station, for a small fee, you can recycle any standard household recyclables, electronics, batteries, and yard waste. Click the link above for details, directions, and more information!
After making an appointment, you can recycle (for free!) most NON-standard household items here at 705 North Zeeb Road. Items you can take here include paints, automotive fluids, batteries, flammables, and pool chemicals, all of which can be rejected from standard trash and recycling services. For full lists of what you may and may not recycle here, as well as hours and other information, click the link above!
It’s not safe to dispose of medications in a regular trash service or by flushing them. What is safe for you to ingest may be harmful for someone else, and it is very easy for children, animals, and anyone suffering from drug abuse to get drugs thrown in the trash. Also, flushing medications can result in water contamination! Click above for instructions for safe and proper disposal, as well as a full list of pharmacies in Washtenaw County where you can safely dispose of old medications.
With the dual benefits of tax write-offs and general philanthropy, donating your possessions to thrift shops is always a good option. Most thrift shops will provide a receipt indicating the estimated value of the goods donated, which you can provide to your tax preparer for a write-off! Some thrift shops have restrictions, however, and will not accept all items or all conditions. The PTO Thrift Shop, at 2280 S. Industrial Hwy, directs its income towards bettering the public school system of Ann Arbor. The Salvation Army Thrift Shop is also nearby, located at 1621 S State St.
A real local gem, the Treasure Mart at 529 Detroit Street is a hotspot for selling your knick-knacks and furniture. Make an appointment with them to set up a consignment deal and make some money on items they display. Take your nice, but unwanted clothes to Plato’s Closet at 860 W Eisenhower Pkwy, where they will make an offer on brand-name clothes and accessories.
You can offset some of your moving costs by selling some of your things. Things like collectibles, antiques, and household items tend to do particularly well at yard sales. One good Saturday morning later, and you’ll be lighter and in the moving truck, and heavier in the wallet! You can advertise your yard sale on Craigslist or Next Door, and remember that things will always move faster if you keep the prices down.
Craigslist, of course, is a classic for selling just about anything (There’s also an option to set the price as free- will certainly get things out of your home fast!). Facebook Marketplace also has a huge variety of categories to sell in. For particularly rare items, try selling online using eBay instead to get even more money. Clothes are easy to get cash for on Poshmark.
“Church by the side of the road”
If you don’t have time to make it to a thrift shop, have a yard sale, or sell online, usable items may find a second life in the hands of prospecting passers-by. You never know what people will consider useful. Art students from the university are particularly likely to pick up strange objects that can be used for alternative sculptures!
“Junk” removal services
This is your best option for quickly getting things out your door or off your curb. These companies will bring their hauling services right to your door, which is great for those big items you can’t use. How else are you going to get that big rusted trailer out of your yard? A few highly-rated Ann Arbor junk removal companies are WeHaul Michigan, Arwood Waste, and Chuck It Removal. We maintain a list of contractors that remove household items that our clients have been satisfied with. Please reach out to us if you need a referral.
Leaving Ann Arbor, or thinking about it? Ask us to find out how much your home is worth, and get a comprehensive, hand-prepared home value report for free!
If you’re having any problems sorting through your things or figuring out how to get rid of what you don’t want, Andy can help you! Give him a call at (734) 845-9700.