I am returning to my home country soon, and I need to clean everything out of my apartment. Do you have any suggestions what to do with the things that I can’t take with me?
Once you have determined which items you cannot take with you, you should decide which of those items can still be used. Items that can no longer be used should be disposed of according to your town or city’s garbage disposal rules. If you are unsure how to dispose of a certain item, you should contact the proper local office for clarification.
Recycle shops are a green way to get rid of things that you will no longer use. You simply bring your unwanted items to a recycle shop and sell them. Some recycle shops have an array of items (you may, for example, find clothing and house wares in the same shop) while others are specialty shops. Perhaps two of the most common specialty recycle shops are those that sell books, CDs, DVDs, and games and those that sell clothing. You can also sell appliances at certain recycle shops. If you have larger items, you may want to contact the store beforehand and see if they can come and pick them up for you. When selling items to recycle shops, you should keep in mind that a shop may not buy certain items, so you may need to find another way to get rid of them!
You can also try to get rid of smaller things, such as books or DVDs, online. Some chains allow customers to sell used items through their websites. Before you sell anything through these sites, however, you should research the duration of the period that your items will be up for sale so that it does not end after you leave Japan.
If all else fails, why not simply ask your friends, co-workers, or neighbors if they would like any of your items? They will surely be pleased that you thought of them, and when they use your items they will be reminded of you!