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Our last year has been spent de-cluttering and getting rid of stuff! I don’t just want to throw things away but rather I like to repurpose items if someone else could use them. Granted some things should just be tossed; old gardening t-shirts for example or work gloves with holes in the fingers but many items still have life left in them and they just need to find a new home.Getting Rid of Stuff

 

Clothes:

There are many ways to pass along clothes that you no longer wear. Take them to your local thrift or consignment shop. Recently I heard that Amazon and Goodwill were teaming up to use empty shipping boxes. Instead of tossing the boxes into recycling you can use the empty shipping boxes and get rid of the clutter filling our homes with the Give Back Box program.clothes

 

After removing items from the amazon box, a user fills it with clothes, accessories and other items you want to donate and then visits GiveBackBox.com to print a free shipping label. The box can be dropped off at the post office or UPS or picked up. Seems like a win-win to me!

 

If you are having trouble getting rid of clothes one suggestion is to hang all your clothes backwards on the hangers. After six months donate everything still hanging backwards! Discard everything that is outdated or worn, and get rid of unnecessary duplicates. Then the next time you go buy a new pair of pants make it a habit to remove a pair of pants from your closet!15775062_10154463626103172_2846775412710868563_o

 

eBay:

I’ve been selling a lot of items of eBay lately. I’ve sold everything from vintage dishes to books to old games. I’ll admit it is a little time consuming, Before listing an item I find a box or shipping envelope to put the item in, this helps when determining the shipping costs. I then have to decide whether or not I want to sell the item at a flat rate or list it as an auction. We won’t be able to retire on what I’ve sold but we’re getting rid of stuff and making a few dollars in exchange.

 

Books:

I love books and as a result have a well stocked library. When we recently had several movers come to give us an estimate on the costs involved in moving across country both men kept saying, “wow you have a lot of books!”. Knowing I can’t move them all I’ve been slowly weeding out the books I no longer need. As mentioned above I’ve sold some on eBay. You van also sell books on Amazon.com and another option is MyBookBuyer.com. Your local library is also a wonderful place to donate books. Take some time and go through your bookshelves, you may be able to make some money while cleaning out your shelves.clutter, selling books, prudent living

 

Glasses:

There are many organizations that will take donations of old eyeglasses. Heck with your eye doctor to see if they can recommend a charity. Lions Clubs often have boxes where you can donate old glasses. Check HERE for your nearest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center.

 

It’s a new year and I find that the more stuff I get rid of the better I feel. It’s often the decision whether to keep or get rid of something that’s the hardest. Once I’ve passed it on there is a sense of lightness. Here’s to a clutter free new year and getting rid of stuff!

15 comments on “Getting Rid of Stuff

Daisy Debs on January 10, 2017 3:04 pm

I,m in exactly the same mood ! Throw throw throw ! 🙂

Cathy on January 11, 2017 1:36 am

Thanks for posting this! You’re very inspiring!!!

Marilyn on January 11, 2017 1:19 am

Unfortunately I tend to never want to throw anything out. Good luck with your move.
Marilyn

Nancy Wolff on January 11, 2017 12:46 pm

Marilyn,
It’s not easy as I have always been one to hold onto stuff! But having lost two parents and having to go through their stuff I want to get rid of things now while I can!

Lady Locust on January 12, 2017 1:57 pm

Good Morning Nancy, I love de-cluttering. ‘Books’ has been a tough one for me. I began with just one shelf. Got rid of just a few. That made it easier a short time later to get rid of a few more…it gets increasingly easier:)

Nancy Wolff on January 12, 2017 2:17 pm

Lady Locust,
It does get easier but I love my books and I do read books over but I can’t move them all!!

Nancy Wolff on January 12, 2017 2:27 pm

Lady Locust,
I love de-cluttering too but I have a hard time weeding out my books which I love and do read over! However you’re right it does get easier!

Jamie @ Medium Sized Family on January 12, 2017 2:12 pm

I decided that since we aren’t moving any time soon, I will empty out each room as if we were moving. Wish me luck! I wish you luck with decluttering and moving. 🙂

Nancy Wolff on January 12, 2017 2:16 pm

Jamie,
That’s a good plan and since we haven’t had an offer on our house yet that’s basically what I’m doing! 🙂

Tracy Lynn on January 12, 2017 2:50 pm

Hi, Nancy!
Decluttering is by far my favorite thing to do! I just recently heard about the hanger challenge and I can’t wait to give this a try! I am so glad I saw this on the Simple Homestead Hop!

Tracy Lynn

Nancy Wolff on January 12, 2017 3:36 pm

Tracy,
Thanks for stopping by!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com on January 13, 2017 2:35 pm

Nancy, I love decluttering! But I’m running out of stuff to donate or toss, so I’ve taken to trying to talk friends into doing it so I can help! 😀 I follow the One In One Out rule, so I never exceed my storage space. Like your “Then the next time you go buy a new pair of pants make it a habit to remove a pair of pants from your closet!”

Nancy Wolff on January 16, 2017 12:07 am

Jean,
The rule one in one out is a great rule!! I was introduced to that rule years ago by a friend who lived in a very small house! I usually follow it except with books….

Katy SkipTheBag on January 15, 2017 2:32 pm

It’s a good tip to check out shipping before listing on ebay. It’s something I would probably forget. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

Nancy Wolff on January 16, 2017 12:05 am

Katy,
Very important to check on the shipping when listing on eBay, even if you want them to figure out the shipping make sure you know the size and weight of the box you will be shipping the item in!

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