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.
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.
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 Discard everything that is outdated or worn, and get rid of unnecessary duplicates.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!
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.
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.
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!