An extra set of dishes that you never use, toys and books that your kids have outgrown, exercise equipment that’s been doubling as a clothes rack, furniture that doesn’t fit, clothes that don’t fit either. And that’s just the house. What about the garage, the shed? Well, now is the time to LOSE all of those unwanted belongings. And I encourage you to give it all away — rather than throw it all away — to people who will USE it!
Free to Be Clutter Free
Consider Freecycle (www.freecycle.org). The Freecycle Network is made up of 4,928 groups with 8,267,620 members around the world. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers, and membership is free.
And it’s so easy you won’t even believe it! You send a quick email describing what you’ve got up for grabs — from old clothes to a bedroom set to a swing set — anything goes! And people in your area will reply asking you to select them to receive it. It’s fun to choose new owners for your old stuff, and it feels good too!
Right Back at You!
You also can reply to others’ posts if you see something listed that catches your eye — a wicker chair, snow boots just the right size for your daughter? And you can even ask for a specific something that you need — cleats for your son’s burgeoning baseball career, a hose for your new home’s beautiful garden? Or even moving boxes! You never know what your local Freecycler’s have stashed in their sheds, and it could be just what you’re looking for.
So, in the spirit of Freecycle’s mission and in support of your mission to cut down on clutter, give it a try. What have you got to lose besides a bunch of stuff you don’t use anyway?
Lara Taylor – Realtor/Broker
Twitter – @AskForLara