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9 Exit Strategies for Your Clutter

How to efficiently — and regularly — rid your home of the things you don’t want Full Story
     Comment   July 9, 2014
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Aubry T
I have the hardest time with items that I purchased not that long ago, and remembered what I paid (usually too much, and end up not using). I tend to give those another chance, which is bad. Older stuff I don't have that much of an issue with, or stuff that was cheap and easily replaceable.
July 7, 2014 at 8:57am     
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mfwolfe - it's an understanding in my neighbourhood that anything left at the curb is free for anyone who wants it. Sometimes signs proclaiming "Free" are posted. I personally hate the thought of anything going to landfill and can't honestly be bothered to list items on Craigslist etc for resale. We have often left things at the curb hoping to give it a new life to someone who could truly use and appreciate it. We were having work done on the house when I put out one of the kids' old bikes they had outgrown and one of the trades asked if he could have it for his nephew. For me it was a win win. I knew it was going to a good home and it was out of our hands. Similarly the neighbour across the street took the playset, and a set of grandparents picked up some toddler toys for their grandkids for when they visit their house.
July 7, 2014 at 9:43am     
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I could easily be a hoarder BUT clutter sure drains the spirit right out of me. I limited our kids to one box of stuff they could save what was most important to them but it had to fit in their box. I decided I needed to do the same with my stuff. 1 box. Made me really think about what was important to me. I took clothing items from family members I wanted to keep and turned them into quilt squares in a memory quilt. During the winter we go through a room a week and clean it out. The more we purge the happier we are. We set up boxes, one for give a ways and one for trash and one if we plan to do something with items like my quilts or DH builds with items sometimes. Anyway things got to have a purpose and a place and the less we have the happier we are. The more you have to more pest you will have too! Its just stuff so free yourself and be happy!
July 8, 2014 at 7:57am     
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Regarding morains comments: "Goodwill is a highly profitable business that sells donated goods and pays their employees very low wages. . . . Even a larger organization such Big Brothers & Sisters does much better things with donated goods." Goodwill is a NON-PROFIT; that's why you can get a receipt for tax purposes when you make a donation there!!! If one is interested in making donations to another program besides Goodwill, that's great as there are many worthy of support. However, to imply that donations made to Goodwill are not being used in an acceptable way is just not right. I urge you to do some research about this organization which provides job training and jobs for people who would have a very difficult time finding work of any kind; they work extensively with veterans and their families to help them return to the civilian work world (which they have often never been a part of in the first place); and they provide a great service in helping us all to recycle usable "stuff." And regarding that later point, it makes me sad to see gillianne say that she "uses Goodwill only for electronics I can't dispose of elsewhere free, such as large old TVs and old printers and monitors. If no one wants those through freecycle, I'd have to pay to unload them at the transfer station (aka, dump), so I haul them to Goodwill, which accepts them all. Otherwise, my unwanted items in good shape go to local, non-chain thrift stores, which recycle profits back into the community through many types of grants." What she's saying is she's dumping them on Goodwill, so they will have to pay the fees rather than her to get rid of useless stuff.

I worked for Habitat for Humanity for six years and we had a ReStore; that is a GREAT resource for any community so do consider them when ridding you home of items they might use. However, we made it clear that we would not take stuff we couldn't sell because then we'd be the ones paying the dump fees - and that cuts into the monies available to build homes. The same model works at Goodwill.

As for the low pay of Goodwill workers, that is true of most all employees of social enterprises. It is unfortunately the case for most employees of non-profits. In the case of the president/CEO of Goodwill - yes, he is well paid but compare his salary to that of other non-profits executives who have similar budgets and you'll find that he is waaaaay lower than most.

No, I have no affiliation with Goodwill and in fact have my own issues with the organization; but none of them are the ones noted here. I was recently involved in a heated discussion in my neighborhood about this very issue of Goodwill, and found that several people with these ideas had gotten the "info" from internet sources. I'm here to tell you folks: the internet is NOT always right!
July 8, 2014 at 10:53pm     
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I have accumulated 28 years of clutter here and find it an overwhelming task.....just to look at! This year I called Vietnam Veterans to make an appointment for a pickup. That motivates me to start....they have come 4 times so far and I will be calling them again. I am finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel with my method.
July 9, 2014 at 3:23am     
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