Mt Gravatt Kerbside Collection: 4 Simple Ways to Stay Clutter-Free

Here’s your chance to get rid of clutter at home as the next kerbside collection in Mt Gravatt and Mt Gravatt East is set for Monday, the 9th of March 2020. Time to get moving and gather up items the weekend before the scheduled collection.

Take note to bring out only acceptable items, such as sporting equipment, bath and laundry tubs, carpets and rugs, electronic waste, white goods, furniture, small household appliances and wood products less than 1.5 metres in size. If you need to get rid of bottles, glass, mirrors, hazardous wastes and other unacceptable items for kerbside collection day, you can make arrangements with resource recovery centres instead.  

Whilst kerbside collection helps reduce the clutter in your home, you can stay clutter-free by adopting these simple ways. 

1. Have a proper filing, organisation, and storage system.

Where does all your clutter come from? In most homes, the most common clutter sources are:

  • Bills, lists and documents
  • Children’s items
  • Clothes
  • Tools (kitchen, gardening, related hardware)
  • Electronic devices and chargers
  • Decorative stuff and knickknacks

If you are able to identify the source, you will be able to see what needs a filing, organisation, or storage solution. For instance, if you’ve got piles of paperwork at the kitchen counter, you might need a filing rack in that space to keep documents orderly. If you have gardening items, you might need a console or cabinet in the backyard so that these are not all over the place.

2. Chuck out things you “might” use one day.

Professional organisers have one rule of thumb: give items away if you haven’t been using it for more than a year. So, that bread maker sitting inside its box at the back of your pantry, which you only used once in three years, could be of a better use for someone else. Maybe a relative or a friend will want this unexpected gift. 

3. Essential items should have space in your house.

As soon as you walk in your front door, where do you put keys, phones, wallet? Where do you hang your coat, jacket or scarf? These are basic essentials that you always need when you leave the house so these must have an accessible and organised space in your house, such as a table, shelving or cubby hole by the door.

In the same way, your kitchen pantry or cabinet must have a special space for essential ingredients. If you use certain items more often than others, it must be stored and placed where you can easily see and reach out to it, rather than putting these all the way to the back of the storage.

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4. Get rid of old items if you bring home a new one.

Cycling through your items regularly greatly reduces the clutter. If you’ve got a new mop, there’s no use to keep the old one since you won’t use it anymore. You also don’t need to dump old items in the garage. Why not have a garage sale or donate your old stuff at tip shops?

Mt Gravatt Kerbside Collection 2019: Should You Throw Away All Unwanted Items?

It’s that time of the year again! Kerbside Collection in Mt Gravatt is coming up, on 11 March 2019, so be prepared to let go of large, unwanted household items. However, whilst it’s good to declutter, we have to help reduce landfill too so maybe it’s good to take a second (or third!) look at those items you’ve been meaning to let go and see if maybe it deserves a second chance at life.

Here are things you can do with still usable, unwanted house items that do not involve putting them out to the kerb:


One of the ways to reduce landfill is to donate household items in usable condition to friends or family, a local charity or other reuse and recycling organisations. Quality donations give dignity to all members of our community.

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GIVIT is a national not-for-profit organisation connecting those who have, with those who need, in a private and safe way. How will you know if something is still of good quality? Juliette Wright, GIVIT’s founder said, “If you would give it to your mother, your sister or friend – it’s good to give!!”


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Upcycling is the best thing you can do with old stuff just lying around that you cannot bear to throw away because it has sentimental value. It only takes a little of bit creativity to turn junk into treasure.

Sell the item

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Household items like old bed frames and bookcases are stuff people don’t bother buying in second-hand. If yours is an antique one then you will likely garner quick cash.  You can easily find online furniture marketplace for buying and consigning designer furniture.

Reupholster or refinish

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How will you know when furniture deserves to go to hit the kerb? Fabric sofa, for instance, is prone to wear and tear but it can still be reupholstered. You might need a new one if your sofa starts creaking because the structure itself starts to break down and it may be difficult to have it fixed.

If you are definitely going the disposal route, make sure to follow the Council’s guidelines, like keeping piles tidy on the kerb, sticking to the allowed pile size, not leaving sharp or dangerous objects on the footpath, and removing doors from refrigerators and cupboards.

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For free reminders before your kerbside collection, download the Council’s free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app and keep push notifications enabled.