over the past 1.5 years since we became minimalist, we have removed countless boxes of clutter from our home. each box that leaves our home seems to allow in an extra breath of fresh air. here is what we have done with our old clutter:
1. we turned it into money:
- garage sales - not the best return on investment, but what you sacrifice in money you gain back in time and convenience. set-up a few tables, slap on a few stickers, and watch total strangers take clutter off your hands.
- ebay – the world’s largest marketplace. ideally, we test out items on ebay before we put them in the garage sale. it takes more time, energy and computer skills, but the financial return is worth it (sometimes).
- craigslist – we have found craigslist helpful in selling some of our larger items such as furniture and vehicles - where shipping would be a problem.
2. we helped somebody who needed it:
- goodwill – countless boxes of books, clothing, and home decorations have been delivered to our local goodwill.
- pregnancy centers – because of our stage in life, we have given plenty of quality baby and maternity items to help out young mothers through our local pregnancy center.
- refugee resettlement programs - our local program gladly accepted the quality bedding, linens, and cookware that we were discarding to be used helping a refugee begin a new life in a new home.
3. we recycled when possible.
- landfill recycle center – our local landfill offers the opportunity to drop off items that are still usable. these items then become available for anyone to take them home with them. it is similar to the concept behind freecycle, it’s just easier and more convenient.
4. we threw things away.
- garbage – if a different home could not be found, the garbage man gladly threw our black plastic bags into the back of his truck.
no matter where it ended up, whether in our bank account, in another person’s home, or in the landfill, the important thing is that the clutter is no longer in my life! and it no longer need to be in yours either.
help us out – have we missed any options? can you think of a different new home for our old clutter?