It’s March Break and I just had to purge. I don’t know how it happened, but things just started overflowing out of my closet. I don’t even remember getting much stuff lately. A fair bit of it is stuff that I hoard because I can’t bear to throw it away – office supplies, gift bags, plastic containers, plant pots. I can’t bring myself to recycle perfectly good stuff, and it’s not the kind of thing that you can take to the local thrift shop. So I keep collecting them and don’t know what to do with them.
So, how do you dispose of things without actually disposing of them? Well, for those who haven’t discovered them yet, Craigslist and Freecycle could be your ticket to clutter and landfill freedom. Craigslist is essentially the largest free online classifieds, started as a hobby by Craig Newmark in San Francisco. I use Craigslist when I have something decent that I know someone will want to buy. If it doesn’t sell in a couple of weeks or so, I consider Freecycling it.
Freecycle, of course is free. Their misssion is to keep things out of landfill. If someone wants what you have, they are pretty quick to pick it up too. It’s so great having people come to your door to take your stuff away for you! I’ve picked up a few things this way through the generosity of others as well. I think it’s pretty awesome that people are giving away stuff freely through Freecycle. And free doesn’t mean it’s just junk. Most of it is completely good stuff that people just want to get off their hands.
This week, I’ve moved a fair amount of stuff out the door – my daughter’s outgrown toys, her bicycle, skates, excess craft supplies. I passed on a huge pile of office supplies that I’ve been hoarding, sold an all-in-one inkjet printer I never used, the cart it was sitting on, gifts that were never used, baby clothes that were never used, items that I bought that I never used, some shelving, you name it! All taken away either sold or gifted. Now I have a bedroom that is almost empty, with only a small box to take to the thrift shop, one bag of paper to recycle and one bag of garbage to show for it. Incredible!
Now if only I could find someone to come and make all the paperwork on my desk disappear!