Living in any country can be a great experience and learning about what things to buy and finding your personal interests can be a fun and rewarding process. Sometimes we tend to accrue more things than we need, either through an unneeded purchase or by getting too much of something. We all tend to too much of something and find ourselves in need of disposing of them in some way. In Japan, there are a few ways you are supposed to go about ridding yourself of unwanted items.
Sifting Through it All
The first thing that you need to do is to go through everything you have and discover what is necessary and what is excess. This can be a challenge as you can see the value in many things that aren’t really being used or that have a use in the foreseeable future. It is best to think about how these things can be used for you in leisure or professional settings. Once you have figured out which items you don’t need, then you can sort out your stuff into groups. You should do this for when you decide to finally dispose of the things.
Where to go?
Finding out where to dispose of your items can be a bit of a problem as Japan has very distinct areas and places to take them. If you don’t do it properly, then you can’t get rid of them, and you may incur a fine in the process. Here are a few ways to get rid of different kinds of items.
Schedule a Pick-up
If you are trying to get rid of large furniture, electronics, or appliances, you can set up an appointment with the city for pick-up. You will have to have all your stuff out at the appropriate times that you have scheduled. There are even some trucks that go around neighborhoods playing some soft music that let you know they are there for item pick-up. There is a charge involved in this method of the disposal, so make sure you have enough money for all your items.
There are recycle shops all over Japan, and they all take different kinds of items. Some are meant for clothing, others are meant for appliances and electronics, while others only deal in home furnishing. You will have to find them yourself and be prepared to be offered much less than what you paid for it. Depending on the quality of the item you may be able to get back close to 50% of the original price if you are lucky. Keep your expectations low, and remember you are trying to get rid of the stuff without paying a fee.
Social media is a great place to go when you want to get rid of something quick. There are entire threads of people simply giving away the items because they are leaving or don’t want to go through the process of selling. These places are perfect for you to quickly get rid of your things, and they will meet you at public places to ensure nothing goes wrong. There are other threads that are meant for selling your stuff at whatever prices you see fit. These will lead to you having to haggle more for your items as people will want to get them for as little as possible. You can set the conditions for meeting and payment, and where you want to sell to. It can take some time with this method if you are trying to sell something that is not needed by many people, so you can use whichever works best your situation.
What is Ok to Sell?
Almost everything is ok to recycle or sell on your own. From your clothes to your pencils, you can try to get anyone to buy or trade for your things as long as you aren’t selling things that you can’t get anywhere except special shops like pets and things of that nature. You must do your own research on this if you aren’t sure what you can get rid of for a profit. Some cities may have their own rules and regulations about certain items, so make sure to check everything before selling.
You can easily rid yourself of all the unwanted items you have in Japan. Many people are looking for easy pick-up items whether they are new or used. This is especially true for people who are just arriving in Japan and need some essential items. Most people who are leaving will get rid of everything and give it away to not pay for disposal or wait on the buyers to pick up. Find what way works best for you, and you will have no problem getting rid of your things.