I’m getting organized… now what do I do with my “give away” pile?

Congratulations on taking your first steps in making your space more livable and organized! Now you need to decide how to get rid of things without putting everything in a landfill. There are actually a few things you can do: Sell it, Give it away, Recycle it, Trash it.

Sell it

You can sell some of your things for extra cash. It does take some extra effort and time to sell things, but it might be worth the time if you have things worth more than just a few dollars, or if you have a lot of things to get out of your house. Here are just a few things you can do to sell your excess things.

  • Hold a Garage Sale! If you have enough things to sell, it might be worthwhile to hold a garage sale to get rid of things in a day or two. You won’t necessarily get rid of everything, but it can be faster than listing each item online.
  • If you haven’t already tried out CraigsList, now might be a good time to start. You may have heard some bad press about people getting robbed, but those are extremely rare cases. In general, you can meet people at a public place (a personal favorite is Starbucks) and make the exchange (money for your stuff). Not sure how to price something? Do a search for your item first on CraigsList and price it competitively.
  • eBay is another place you can list things for sale, but it does take an extra effort to ship the item once someone purchases it.
  • Amazon.com – List all kinds of items, and pay a fee once the item sells
  • eStarland – Takes video games at great prices! Opt to get store credit or cash.

Give it away

If you tried to sell things and they just didn’t sell (or perhaps you just want to get them out right away), you can give things away. The list below is by no means comprehensive, but they are a few places that I have used to get rid of my own excess stuff.

  • Freecycle – give your items to other people in the local area. 
  • GoodDonor.org – Donate small items including clothing and books to a charity that will pick things up from your door. Charities include the Lupus Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Association, and the Vietnam Veterans Association.
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore – Donate home items, including some furniture. They will also pick up in some areas.
  • Goodwill – Donate things, big and small. Contact your local Goodwill to find out what they will accept.

Recycle it

If your local trash company won’t take it as a recyclable item, you can’t sell it, and you can’t give it away, you might still be able to recycle it.

  • Earth 911 has a great recycling search so you can find places to recycle things

Trash it

If you can’t sell it, give it away or recycle it, consider trashing it. What is trash is not always obvious, and it can sometimes be difficult to admit something is just trash. But you will feel so much lighter and free of clutter if you can let go!

If you need help with any of these areas or decisions, consider hiring a professional. How else have you gotten rid of your excess stuff so you can get organized?

2 Commentsto I’m getting organized… now what do I do with my “give away” pile?

  1. Alazne says:

    I think this is one of the most difficult isseus i’ve been thinking about for a longer time. It started when i just saw a documentary about ecological toiletpaper and about the soy products which can be a part of living more green . Some big companies sell ecological toiletpaper for a higher price then the regular ones even there is practicly no difference after researche. They call their products ecological, special selected .! But in reality biological farmers get less money for their work, forests are destroyed to plant soy and calve mentions their mayonaise biological only because their eggs ( which is 6% of the whole product) are from chicken who have the choice to go outside even if they haveonly 1-4 M2 to walk. Of course it is good that some food companies are paying more attention to use fair, green ingredients. What i think is worse is that a lot of (big) companies take advantage of the green image they want to create inside of the customers brain so people will buy their products and give them a higher price for it. Which turns out not to be if reality is shown to us! I think they make the green industry a fake one.In this world people are more and more confronted what our actions can do to the world, the environment, (our) childeren, (our) animals. So more and more people decide to buy bio products, get vegetarian, start green clothing labels and so on. Even I decided to get vegetarian because the meat industry is bad for the environment and the animals are often treated bad. But what can i do when for example w i seperate my trash and i still have to put it i a mixed trash container because there is nothing else available in the garbage room on the ground floor in my apartment? The problem is there are and always will be people and companies who try to abuse the word green to make (more) money. Which make the green revolution more and more a paradox. It also makes me sad because there are really people, and companies who really wants to do something for the environment, the animals and want to change the world in a more consious world. But what to do? and what to buy if we cannot seperate real green products, companies .and more from the abusing companies who do not care? What difference can i make as a person then? It costs a lot of energy to make fair decisions and to find out as a certified nutrition coach what food to buy and even what to recommend others. Because it’s confusing to make choices when companies for example use for everything a label , and create a fake image. I accepted allready that thinking about the environment, and wellbeing of animals and humans is only a small part of the business industry. The biggest part of course is making money. We humans buy from companies described as above everyday and where a lot of the image they create is always fake in a certain way. We only can try to make the right decisions and be a 100% green when everything we are surrounded by is also 100% green. The fact is that isn’t that way so i stopped to try to be a 100% green person. Because it keeps me busy for a longer time allready. I would like to set something up that will help to make it more easy to choose (for myself and people surrounded ) for products and companies who add something to the real green food industry. And it would be easier if you care a little bit you at least can make a better choice in this world of paradoxes. For now i’m leaving this piece ! Thanks FOA for this blog Post It keeps me thinking.Marikops: sorry for my English

  2. admin says:

    Thank you for your feedback! Yes, you’re right that companies that claim to be more “green” may choose materials that are good for the environment, but perhaps the methods of recycling or making the product are not green. As you said, we as individuals can only do what’s in our own power to make a difference. That might not be 100% green, but something is better than nothing. Keep caring!

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