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Angela Ellis

Whether you’re at the ‘ready to market your home’ or the ‘packing up to move’ stage, it’s traditionally a time for decluttering. You’re potentially then left with a huge pile of items to get rid of that no longer fill you with joy or you don’t have room/a need for.  We're regularly asked if we know anyone who might want these things so we've sourced and put together this blog covering some local places for your unwanted items.

Furniture donations

A few local charities will not only take your furniture but can collect as well.

Debra can collect items within 15 miles of their site. Here’s a link to the list of items they can’t take from you.

BHF (British Heart Foundation) also offer free collection. Call 0808 250 0030 or book through their website.

9 Lives Furniture in Rickmansworth collects, refurbishes and distributes quality household goods from their showroom. Call 01923 718 666 or visit


As well as the charity shops listed in this blog, both these stores offer a little incentive for donating clothes.

Mobile phones

On the basis that most of us change our phones every 18 months, you’re likely to keep that old phone as a spare. Before you know it, you have a collection of old phones and random chargers. Many charities collect mobile phones either for refurbishment and reuse or to recycle for cash. Alternatively, take a look at Fonebank to turn your old mobiles into money. 

Recycling computers and PCs

Donate a PC is a free service for those who wish to donate unwanted IT equipment to good causes. You simply list the item and interested parties contact you to arrange collection. 

Mother and Baby Items

To donate equipment, toys, books and clothes for babies and children aged 0-5 years and for mums-to-be, it’s worth looking at the Watford-based mother and baby charity on Clarendon Road. 

Garden tools

Watford-based Green Minds Horticultural Centre are worth contacting to see if their social enterprise could benefit from your unwanted garden items. Here's a link to find out more about them: 

Other items

We’re lucky to have so many charity shops in our local area. Here are a few of the charities we’ve supported recently;

New Hope  (Croxley and Watford)~
Peace Hospice Care (11 local shops)
Home Start  (Watford and South Oxhey)

Confidential paperwork

A Watford-based business offers confidential shredding to homeowners. That’ll help to clear out those old bank statements, utility bills, tax paperwork etc. You don’t have to use a specific bag to take your papers in, anything will suffice. Here are details on where they’re based and how much they charge.  


If you’re not a member of these networks yet, check out our local Freegle and Freecycle groups. It’s a way of matching people who are looking to find or get rid of particular items, with no money changing hands. or

Local recycling centres

Hemel Hempstead
St Albans

For addresses, opening times and what they’ll accept, visit

Whatever stage you're at, good luck with your move.