Love Your House: Time to Clean out and Recycle


Did Santa bring electronics for the kids this Christmas? Have any old cell phones or tvs sitting around your house? Any non-working tree lights sitting in a box somewhere? What about paint cans?  If you want to love your house and make it easy to sell later, don’t go into the new year with clutter. You can recycle it at the CHaRM facility, a permanent drop-off facility for hard to recycle materials, created by Live Thrive Atlanta.

CHaRM’s annual Holiday Clean up begins on January 7th. You can take your wrapping paper, electronics, tree lights, packaging, clothing,  tree.

The following items can be recycled at no cost:

  • Plastics/clean, dry, empty plastic bags/ film packaging/grocery bags
  • Plastic food containers #1-#2-#5, clean and dry
  • Paper: magazines/office paper/newspaper/phone-books
  • Glass bottles and jars (food grade only)
  • Metal (steel, iron, brass, aluminum, or copper)
  • Metal food cans(please wash)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Cardboard
  • Printer cartridges
  • Textiles
  • Styrofoam(please wash)
  • Batteries(Zinc Carbon, Button,Lithium,Rechargeable, Car)
  • Household fats/oil/grease
  • Carpet/Padding (Wall to wall only. Rugs only if reusable)
  • Waxed Cartons (Broth, Milk, Juice)
  • Wine Corks

Items with a processing fee:

  • Paint – latex and oil base  (First five 1-gallon cans free, each additional $2. First two 5-gallon buckets free, each additional $3.)
  • Household chemicals  (First two gallons or pounds are free. each additional $2 per gallon or pound)
  • Electronics (TV’s and monitors $15, TV’s must be intact)
  • Tires (First two no charge, each additional $2 unless a council member event. YOU must unload.)
  • Mattresses ($10 per set)
  • Propane Tanks ($10)
  • Large Appliances ($10)
  • Thermometers ($5)
  • Smoke Detectors ($5)
  • Alkaline Batteries ($1 per pound)
  • Bulbs ( First 2, 4ft & 6ft Fluorescent are free each additional $.50)
  • CFL Bulbs (First 5 are free each additional $.50)
  • Paper Shredding (paper is placed in a secure bin, Iron Mountain picks up once a week. Two bankers boxes are free each additional $2.00)

For a list of all items accepted , directions and hours visit:

Cobb County constructing more than 2 miles of Beltline-esque trails — Curbed Atlanta – All

Cumberland project will link Kennesaw Mountain, Chattahoochee River, and Silver Comet Trail Cobb County is often viewed as a suburban island, dedicated to cars and only cars, unlike neighboring North Fulton, for instance. But indications are that the auto-centric ‘burb is softening to the idea of multi-use trails, with hopes of adding to its existing…

via Cobb County constructing more than 2 miles of Beltline-esque trails — Curbed Atlanta – All

De-Clutter Your Home By Donating and Recycling in Atlanta

Clear Out and Recycle

Clear out clutter in and around your home.  Here are some of my favorite recycling opportunities in Atlanta. I have taken advantage of each one, and promise that you will feel so virtuous after having done it!

Paint Cans


Latex paint may be put in the trash if you take these steps first:

  1. Add equal parts kitty litter to latex paint in the can (one part paint to one part kitty litter). If you have more than a half a can, you can also pour the paint into a lined cardboard box then pour in cat litter.
  2. Stir the cat litter into the paint until it has an oatmeal-like consistency that will not spill out.
  3. Allow the paint and cat litter mixture to sit for one hour.
  4. Throw the dried paint in the can in the garbage with the lid off.

Oil-based paint cans can be taken to your local paint store for easy recycling or you can arrange for pick up. Visit my post on how to recycle oil-based paint cans.



Before recycling your old laptop or desktop it is important to wipe it clean of all personal data. A tutorial if you want to do this yourself is here. For me, it’s entirely worth $15 to have the professionals at The Tech Savers do this for me. After wiping all data 7-8 times they will recycle the hardware.

best buy recycle
Help Best Buy reach it’s goal. As the world’s largest retailer of consumer electronics, Best Buy plans to recycle 2 billion pounds of electronics by the end of 2020. Take your old cell phones, tvs, rechargeable batteries, video games, cameras, GPS systems and other electronics to any Best Buy store. Click here for more details and FAQs.


Fabric and Clothing

reloom post card back

re:loom is a program of Initiative for Affordable Housing (IAH), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in Decatur. It’s mission is to provide permanent, affordable housing to homeless and low-income families in metro Atlanta, and more fundamentally, empower people to achieve independence. Weavers design and produce handmade products and lead a team of weavehouse volunteers. With a stable salary, 100% healthcare coverage, and opportunities to engage in the operation of the weavehouse, employees gain a financial foundation, leadership skills, and a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Click here to learn more about how to donate fabric and clothing to this wonderful cause.


furniture bank

In recent years, the Furniture Bank provided furniture to more than 4,000 people in need. Every piece we gave away was donated. Arranging a pick up is easy and so helpful to families making the transition out of homelessness. To learn more about the Furniture Bank click here. To arrange a pick up click here.

Leftover Home Improvement Supplies


Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. Cleaning out, down-sizing or just getting organized? Habitat for Humanity ReStore can help you declutter your home. We put the proceeds from selling your donations to good use by building homes and hope in your community and around the world. Though each Habitat ReStore is unique, most accept donations of household goods, furniture, appliances and building materials. Click donate to ReStore for the closest ReStore and more information on how to donate.



Miscellaneous Hard to Recycle Items

charmAtlanta’s CHArM facility recycles just about everything! CHaRM stands for The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials. It is a permanent drop-off facility that aims to improve our environmental health by encouraging reuse and diverting thousands of pounds of household hazardous waste, bulky trash and other hard to recycle items from Metro-Atlanta landfills and water systems. See my previous post on what they will accept.

Collectibles Not Worth Collecting Anymore


china cup

By now, all of you know how much I discourage clutter, especially if you are preparing to put your house on the market. Frequently we may be apprehensive of donating a collection because relatives may eventually want it or its potential monetary value. If a decision cannot be made, then store the collection offsite. As you probably know, buyers don’t want to be distracted by a collection, because they want to envision how they might be able to live in your house. Clutter makes that tough job even harder!

To help in the decision-making, here’s a good list of collectibles that are no longer worth collecting. This may also give you some good talking points if you are working with a loved one who is downsizing and just can’t seem to let go.