Even as more people embrace minimalist lifestyles, people still hoard things. Seriously, we love saying “Baka magamit pa.” (We might be able to use it.) When it comes to things, holding on serves a lot of purposes, from practical to sentimental. However, when you hoard, things start to get messy and disorganized.
Check out this guide for a list of items Filipinos commonly hoard. You’ll find which ones you can dispose of, which ones you can repurpose, and which ones you can sell on OLX.
1. Food Containers
Many Filipinos use the containers from ice cream, cookies, and other things to store their food instead of buying actual containers. Remember opening up an ice cream container only to find fish?
It’s good to reuse them. However, when you have too many, consider selling or giving them away so they can be recycled. Alternatively, you can use clean and unlabeled containers as packaging for gifts. For the more creative ones, you can reuse old jars as cups or lamps. Maybe you can even make some cash by selling these repurposed containers?
2. Old Chargers
While most chargers are interchangeable—especially if you’re loyal to a brand—older chargers should be recycled (check if your community has a facility for e-waste) or sold.
For those you choose to keep, use rubber bands or zip ties to bundle up the wires and prevent them from tangling. Store them in a labeled container. You can attach special labels to mark which model uses which charger.
3. Used Batteries
Is that remote unresponsive? Could be a drained battery. You can test if a battery still has energy left by dropping it on a hard surface. Full batteries don’t bounce whereas batteries that are depleted do.
Don’t keep these. They can be toxic. Most batteries can be disposed of with other garbage. However, car and watch batteries are best returned to retailers for recycling. Check out this article for more tips on battery recycling, and ask your local government about any regulations.
If your refrigerator is already covered in souvenir magnets or you have more keychains than keys, it’s time to sort, and store or dispose of.
Pick the most meaningful ones and place them in a “Keep” pile. Sell anything that doesn’t belong in these piles as long as they’re still in good condition.
A small box is usually enough for souvenirs. Use dividers so each item has its own place or an envelope or small ziplock bag to label each with the necessary details.
5. Pens and Stationery
Test each pen to see if it works. If it can be refilled, take them to a school supply store for a refill. Keep working pens in a mug on your desk or a small box in storage.
For stationery, sort through them and figure out which ones to keep for future use. Those you don’t want to keep can be sold. Alternatively, release your inner romantic and go on a letter writing spree.
6. Packets of Condiments
These are pretty handy when you have a packed lunch for work or school. Just make sure you keep them in small, labeled, containers. However, be mindful of how long you’ve stored them. Some condiments spoil faster than others. If you don’t regularly use condiments, you may as well just dispose of them.
7. Paper Bags
When it comes to paper bags, fold them properly and keep them in a cabinet or anywhere within reach. You can also keep them in a plastic container to avoid damage. If they’re already damaged though, it would be better to just dispose of them.
8. Magazines and Books
Books and magazines are tricky because they might become collectibles later. And of course, you’ll want to keep those that you can see yourself reading again in the future.
For magazines you want to keep, you can use plastic wrap to protect them and then keep them in a container. For books, you want to keep reading stay on the shelf while those you’re unsure about can be stored in a box.
Make sure you regularly dust them and check for pests that infect books (check out this guide from the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin for more information about pests).
9. Old Gadgets and Appliances
Smaller electronics like phones can be kept in a box in case they can still be used. Alternatively, you can sell them on OLX. Old phones still find buyers on the site. Make sure to indicate if the phone is in need of repair and to mark down the price accordingly.
Otherwise, it’s better to get rid of them. Check if the manufacturers or government have special disposal instructions for electronic waste.
10. Cassettes and CDs
To really save on space, look for someone to copy information from cassettes and CDs and convert it to a digital format. Afterwards, you can sell them. Many collectors still look for CDs of yesteryear. If you have them, you can even sell old vinyl records since there’s been a resurgence in record players.
If you really want to keep your cassettes and discs —especially the ones from iconic artists—keep them in a labeled box. After all, they would make nice memorabilia when you show the next generation what listening to music was like.
That was a lot but we’re sure there are still plenty of items Filipinos love keeping in their homes. What sort of things do you find yourself hoarding? Let us know in the comments? It could be something you can sell on OLX!