Here are some tips that will help you sort out the clutter.
Unsure what to toss? Search online for help with words like: "hiring downsizing services, appraise personal property, estate contents," and your city. Experts in decluttering or appraisers can advise you on what is treasure, what to toss, keep, recycle, sell or donate. They can refer you to auctions, sales, or charities.
To find a waste disposal site near you, call Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692 or 1-888-TOXIC ED. Interpreters available. Please be patient while we locate an interpreter. To order color copies of When You Can't Take It With You (PDF), a guide to recycling, donating and disposing of household stuff, call the Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692or 1-888-TOXIC ED.
If you are 65 or older or a person with a disability, and you live in King County, we can help you safely dispose of these unwanted products. Call the Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692 or 1-888-ToxicEd (869-4233) to schedule our free pick up service.
Find safe disposal for medicines at drop-off locations. Visit www.medicinereturn.org or call 206-296-4692, toll free 1-888-869-4233.
If you find any of these containers, call the Business Waste Line at 206-263-8899 before you move them.
Pharmacists, doctors and science teachers may have science hobby kits or chemical bottle collections that can contain extremely hazardous and potentially unstable chemicals.
Good stuff to give away? Call the King County Solid Waste Division at 206-477-4466.
Or go to the What do I do with website; it lists places that will take furniture and other household goods, and many offer pick-up service.
Old electronics. Find free recycling services for computers, TVs, monitors, laptops and e-book readers at E-Cycle Washington. Call 1-800-RECYCLE or go to 1800recycle.WA.gov.
You haul. Dispose of garbage that is non-hazardous at a King County transfer station if you live in King County or a Seattle transfer station if you live in Seattle. Call King County Solid Waste at 206-477-4466 or Seattle Public Utilities at 206-684-3000.
Hire a hauler or rent a dumpster. When you need bigger disposal options, find a service in Seattle by calling 206-684-3000 and in King County by calling 206-477-4466 or visiting King County Solid Waste garbage and recycling services.
Just starting to think about it? For ideas, advice and resources, here are some books: The Boomer Burden: Dealing with Your Parents’ Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff, Julie Hall Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash-A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize
SENIOR INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE LINE
Call 206-448-3110 or 1-888-435-3377. Interpreter services are available.
HAZARDOUS WASTE HELP
Household Hazards Information: Call 206-296-4692 or 1-888-TOXIC ED. Interpreters services are available. Please be patient while we locate an interpreter.
SAFE MEDICINE DISPOSAL
Secure Medicine Return: Call 206-296-4692, toll free 1-888-869-4233.
RECYCLING AND DONATION HELP
King County Solid Waste Information: Call 206-477-4466.