Frugal Family

Clear Your Draw Junk And Make Some Cash

I have been on a huge mission to declutter our home. It’s been a long process but slowly we are getting there. I want to minimise what we own to make our waste-free / plastic-free lifestyle easier to achieve.

I am a self-confessed hoarder of junk, living with the phrase “I may need it one day” rolling around in the back of my head. I only keep stuff that is useful and still has life left in it, to attempt to be less wasteful. I don’t want to fill my black bin with useful stuff. My ‘useful junk’ draw features 32 batteries (AA,AAA, button batteries… we ain’t short of power!), cable ties, plastic bags, BlueTac, Sugru, Allen keys, a Lego man’s head (??) and Duck Tape are just a few items.  Almost sounds like a good night out 😉

But, I have a confession… In my draw of ‘useful’ bits, I do have some very much ‘dead’ items too. Two iPhones lay buried and forgotten. But why? I have no use for them. I have had my current phone for nearly 2 years. There are no photo’s on those phones and one has a smashed screen. I doubt I shall ever use them again! In fact, I am not even sure I even have the chargers for them anymore!

Most mobile phone owners will be aware that you can sell your phone to a recycling brand for half decent cash. There are so many of these pages to sell to (ie: Music Magpie,, SimplyDrop- to name a few) but how do you know you’re really getting the best price for your phone? Luckily in a world of comparison sites, there is even one for your mobile phone! SellCompare is a comparison site to help you find the best price for your mobile phones or tablets- whatever the spec, if it’s working or not, and even takes into account things like ‘minor damage’.

Did you know that you shouldn’t just throw your old mobile phone in the bin? Around 125 million mobile phones are treated as trash in the UK every year! Mobile phones should never be thrown into your black bin, and the consequences of doing so are rather scary. The glass on a mobile phone contains mercury and the body contains fire retardants which are environmentally damaging. A typical mobile phone contains arsenic and bromine, as well as the Lithium-Ion or Nickel-Cadmium battery. None of which should just be tossed in the trash! A slightly unnerving thought that we keep these items so close to our bodies. *

Mobile phone recycling is certainly the most sensible thing to do, and you may as well make some cash from it! Some phones contain gold… so you literally could be sat on a (small) goldmine! Check out SellCompare for more information about how and why you should recycle your phone and find the best buyer for your old phone!

So quick, join me in cleaning out and decluttering that ‘Useful Junk’ draw, and if you get a good deal- the drinks are on you!


*Facts from RecycleForLondon

This post was a collaboration with SellCompare.


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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