Research shows most Australians struggle to let go of possessions, including their old mobile phones and accessories, despite no longer using them, contributing to a build-up of clutter and old unused electronics in our homes. With most Australians planning to spring clean this September, we sat down with clinical psychologist, Professor Mike Kyrios from Flinders University, to develop some helpful tips to start the decluttering process.
Once you have decluttered your old mobiles simply use our map locator to find your nearest drop off point or recycle at your local Telstra, Optus or Vodafone store. If you are unable to drop-off your mobile phone you can pick up a free MobileMuster satchel from AusPost.
Creating a plan sets off your spring cleaning mission with a purpose, giving you a clear guideline to help you declutter not only efficiently but also quickly. Having a plan is like having a map to guide you to make quick decisions and avoid the pressure we all feel parting ways with things we know we no longer need. As part of your plan, develop some questions you can ask in making decisions. For example, a simple question such as “have I used this in the last 2 years?” might give you a good indication of whether it’s time to say goodbye to the item.
MobileMuster’s research shows that 73% of Australians have never used the old mobile phones that they have held on to despite keeping them as a backup; Most of us claim that they don’t even miss their phones once they have said goodbye to them. Start your spring clean by digging out your old phones and working out which ones can be reused or recycled.
Research shows one in four Australians hold on to their old devices as a reminder of happier times. Rather than keeping those memories sitting inside a drawer, think about displaying them. Getting those favourite pictures printed or uploaded on a digital photo frame helps them be admired all the time. Additionally, you can back up your old devices and transfer those holiday photos to your new devices, making them more accessible to browse through. Once you have done this then you can pass them on to be reused, or if they are no longer needed time to recycle them with MobileMuster.
Take a look at our data management page for information on how to transfer and remove the data off your old mobile phones.
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a lonely event. Clean out your wardrobes and cupboards with the help of a friend or family member. This way they will be able to provide you with a different perspective on old items, all while making it more fun. More hands make less work and who knows, maybe they can help you repurpose items you feel you don’t necessarily need anymore. If you’re concerned about friends and family overstepping your rules, it’s a good idea to discuss beforehand what you’re comfortable with.
Every household has ‘that’ drawer, the illusive kitchen drawer, that is filled with weird and wonderful but mostly forgotten items. Pens, elastic bands, random charger cords and batteries often fill up this space. Using dividers within the drawer helps make better use of the space but also displays what it contains, creating an overview and rendering them useful again. Dividers also help to highlight what is no longer useable, useful or necessary.
Letting go of clutter will create space, which can be used in a new way or for its intended purpose. Whether to create a new reading corner or keep it clean and minimalistic, the cleared space will create a clear mind. Allow yourself to imagine and make plans for how you’d like to use the new spaces you’ve created.