Soon the Christmas decorations will be put away for another year and our homes will be returned to normal, but for some people with a compulsion to hoard, the New Year can turn into chaos.
We’ve put together a useful guide on how to declutter your home after the festive season, including advice on what you can recycle, and support available for tenants affected by hoarding, collecting, compulsive shopping and disorganisation.
Christmas decorations are traditionally taken down on Twelfth Night, the evening of Sunday 5 January and there are many ways you can recycle the Christmas clutter:
- Put your cardboard (e.g. Christmas cards), paper, cans and plastic bottles in your recycling bin. Unfortunately we can’t take wrapping paper in the recycling bin (due to quality and some are made from plastic).
- Leave your Christmas tree on the kerbside next to your general waste bin between 6 and 17 January 2020 and it will be collected along with your bin on your usual bin day. Alternatively you can drop it to the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Millbrook or chop it up and place in your garden waste bin if you have one.
- If you were lucky enough to receive new clothes, shoes or linen for Christmas, why not clear out your old things by taking to a textile recycling bank or donating to a charity shop?
- Had a party? If you’re left with lots of empty bottles please use your kerbside glass box, wheelie bin or glass pod or take them to your local glass recycling centre.
However, if you or someone you know is finding it hard to part with the Christmas clutter, and that all the festive paraphernalia has simply added to the disorder in your home, we can offer help and advice.
If hoarding, collecting, compulsive shopping and disorganisation in your home is so bad you can no longer sleep in the bedroom, bathe in the bathroom or cook in the kitchen then it’s time to get help and take action. We know that hoarding happens for all sorts of reasons, and is often linked to depression and anxiety. We’re here to help you get on top of the situation before it impacts on your wellbeing and affects your neighbours. Please talk to your Housing Officer for advice (or if you’re a leaseholder please call 023 8083 3003). You can also make an online referral or request support.