7 Declutter Tips to do Before Christmas

    Sorry to mention the C word, but Christmas is only a few months away.  How is that spare room looking?  Is it filled with junk?  Here are seven tips on how to declutter before Christmas time.

    Book A Council Clean Up

    Did you know that every Lane Cove resident is entitled to 4 free council clean ups a year?

    As Christmas gets closer Lane Cove Council experiences an increase in demand for clean up bookings (bulky items and furniture household items). The usual processing time for pickups is 3 to 4 weeks, however before Christmas this may extend due to increased demand. Make a booking in October if you require a collection before Christmas.

    When you schedule a pickup, place the waste on the kerbside the day before the scheduled collection. If the waste is put out earlier it is considered illegal dumping. Remember do the right thing and plan ahead – penalties apply for non pre-booked items being placed on the footpath.

    To make a booking call 1300 655 006 or book online at Council’s website.

    Visit the Community Recycling Centre

    The Community Recycling Centre is located at 8 Waltham Street in Artarmon and it is a one-stop shop for safely disposing of problem household wastes such as paint, gas bottles, e-waste or motor oil and more.  In other words, problem wastes that can’t be collected via council kerbside waste or recycling collection services all year round.

    It is a free service.  Read more about the facility here

    Have a Garage Sale

    It’s spring. That means, spring cleaning and garage sales. The Lane Cove Council has now introduced an online index of Garage Sales in Lane Cove.  You can also register your garage sale on inthecove.com.au

    The Lane Cove Council is keen to promote Garage Sales as a way of diverting waste from landfills.   To list your garage sale on the Lane Cove Council’s site just click this link.

    The Lane Cove Council has put together some terrific downloads such as a promotional poster to advertise, hints and tips for a successful day and price tags for easy labelling of items.

    Register your Garage Sale

    Host Information

    Garage Sale Promotion Poster

    Garage Sale Cancelled Poster

    Garage Sale Price Tags

    Garage Sale Tips

    Garage Sale Trail

    Garage Sale Trail is the fire-breathing godzilla of all garage sales. It’s a giant purpose-driven marketplace powered by 150 local councils and the amazing people of Australia. For some reason, Lane Cove Council does not participate in Garage Sale Trail.

    Australia’s biggest weekend of garage sales is happening around the country on Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 October 2018.  Put your sale on the Trail or search for bargains and unique treasure.

    Expired Beauty Products

    Are your cupboards filled with out of date beauty products?  Get rid of the products that are out of date.  The good news is that you can recycle them at Optical Pharmacy Plus on Longueville Road or at the Lane Cove Council chambers.


    If you need to store items, then contact Storage King Lane Cove.  They have many cost effective options and no long term contracts.  If you operate a home based business with lots of stock, why not use Storage King Lane Cove as your distribution centre (many local businesses use this option).

    Hire a Handyman

    Are you not using that spare room as there is a maintenance issue ( the door does not close properly) or there is a problem with lighting.  Then book a handyman or an electrician asap.  Our local business directory has a list of local lane cove handymen and local Lane Cove electricians.


    There is no truer saying that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.  Rather than your items going to landfill, list them on the Lower North Shore Free Stuff and Low Waste Living page.  It is an easy way to get rid of items could be used by someone else.

    Do you have a local issue you would like help with? ITC is here to help just email us at info@inthecove.com.au

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