Yesterday, I discussed how I got started on my 2013 Project. My first step was to create a doable list of things that I’d like to change this month. Mostly, this list centered on getting rid of clutter. To simplify things in the home, I need to get rid of things that do nothing but take up space. In general, that means throwing out the things I don’t need or want, but there are other ways to get rid of old items:
Reuse, Reduce, Recycle.
Here are some of the things that now need a new home:
The items in these bags include clothing, shoes, magazines, and a humidifier. These are relatively simple things to get rid of and nearly all can be recycled. (Except for the humidifier. That thing is going back! It decided to break down and flood our bedroom after 2 uses. Not Cool. Did I mention that happened at 3am?).
Luckily, I live in a town that makes recycling papers, plastics and other materials very easy. We also have an assortment of drop boxes in each neighborhood that allow you to donate old clothes. If you are unsure whether your town recycles, or don’t know what to do with old items, here are a few tips:
1. Find out if your town recycles by checking your state website: For example, if you live in Massachusetts click here
2. Need to donate clothes? Look for local shelters (homeless, women’s, ect) or a church. If you consider donating to a charity, consider what happens to the donations. In many cases, your old clothes are sold. If you have a specialty item, like sneakers, a prom dress or winter coat, look into a charity, many times these items will be donated to a family or child in need. For ideas, click here.
3. If you choose to sell your gently worn clothes, look for a local consignment shop. They’ll often take items that are in good condition and pay you a percentage of the sale price.
4. Furniture and other household items: Consider selling, either online if you’re comfortable with that, or through a consignment shop. Many second-hand furniture stores will buy your items, or give you a percentage of the sale price. Shelters, schools and community centers are also often in need.
5. Electronics: This is a difficult one as they often need to be disposed of with care. Check your town’s website for more information. If your items are still in good condition, consider donating them to a community center or perhaps, a nursing home.
I’d love to hear readers tell me about their suggestions. How do you reuse, reduce and recycle? Do you upcycle, terracycle, donate, compost? Let me know below!