What becomes of unwanted items? - ClearSpace
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What becomes of unwanted items?

Every unwanted item, inside and outside the home, is sorted and separated into the following priorities – sell, donate, recycle, shred, hazardous and dispose.

Auction houses

Auction houses are the most efficient and transparent way to sell the contents of a home.​​

Most often, where to start and finding the time are the biggest challenges.  And it’s not just the ‘what to do’ but, importantly, ‘what not to do’. 

In the lead-up to and then on auction day, multiple and increasing bids are received until finally, the highest bidder wins the item. 

Auction houses are our preferred way to sell items because:

They accept just about anything, and there are no issues with the volume being accepted,

they have the expertise to know an item’s provenance, value, history and demand,

hundreds of people, along with collectors, re-sellers and enthusiasts, become aware that an item is for sale, thus pushing up the price,

the market determines what the item is worth, not a family member, ClearSpace or even the auction house. What it sells for is what it is worth – but the auction house knows what value an item should get and will pass it in if that level isn’t achieved.

you don’t have to be continually disappointed or let down when trying to sell items online. Too many people don’t show up and are suspect or opportunistic.

Upon receiving the items, they will usually be auctioned within two weeks.

And then, about 10 business days after the auction, the money will be paid into your nominated bank account, and a detailed sales report will be emailed to you.

All auction houses charge a commission on the final sale price of an item to cover their costs. This ranges from 20% to 25%.

Sometimes, if we determine the cost to get an item/s to the auction house is not economically viable, we will attempt to sell it privately and again, the full proceeds go back to you.


When we clear a home, if an item isn’t sellable, our preference is not to throw it away or send it to the landfill. And this is always what our clients prefer. ​

But donating items is often one of the complicated components of what we do.​

Charities used to be an unvetted destination where people would send everything, irrespective of its condition or volume, but no longer.  Quite rightly, they have become quite discerning in what they’ll accept.

Having been clearing homes for over ten years, ClearSpace has built up a large network of options to donate items to charities – both the well-known ones and others that have little public awareness or might be overseas.

Below are just some examples of the extent we go to on behalf of our clients:

food that is still consumable gets donated to a homeless shelter,

Out of date medical & academic publications, encyclopedias and magazines etc. are donated and then sent on for repurposing into cat litter, for the financial benefit of the charity,

kindergartens and childcare centres have received lots of cardboard, scrap paper and art materials,

litres of cleaning products have been donated,

medical equipment and aids have been sent overseas,

refugee and domestic violence support associations have fitted out whole homes,

sewing clubs and guilds have been received a plethora of related items, and

community gardens have benefited from plants, pots, tools and equipment.

Financial, Personal & Identifying Paperwork

– at your request, we can have all the paperwork confidentially shredded using an accrediting company. You receive a Certificate of Destruction afterwards as proof.​​

Recycling & Hazardous Materials

the focus on recycling materials and environmentally aware disposal has never been as prominent or important.  Gone are the days when you could load a skip full of anything you want.​​

Frequently asked questions

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How much does it cost?

Every home, its contents, and job requirements are unique; with an onsite inspection and detailed discussion, it is possible to answer. You will have a written quote with terms and conditions within 24 hours of the inspection.

What other services do you provide?

We can organise anything from garden clean up, driveway steam cleans, styling and more. Let your imagination run wild; tell us what you want, and we can include it in the itemised quote; just pick the items you want from the quote to proceed.


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