I’ve been making preparations for renovating my bedroom so I’ve been clearing and uncovering a lot of things that are now useless to me. I’m a big hoarder, so amongst those items you’ll find items ranging from books to clothes to Happy Meal toys. As an attempt to be more organized and reduce stress-inducing clutter, I’ve been trying to rid of these things, but I don’t want to just throw them out, especially when some of these things are brand new/like new (some of my clothes still have tags on it!). So here is my plan of attack and trying to feel good about myself for doing so.
For clothes that are lightly worn, there are numerous Goodwill donation centers. I also save some denim clothing that isn’t suitable for donations for the blue to green drives that American Eagle and Gap hosts every once in a while. (If you don’t want to wait, you can opt to mail in your denim but it doesn’t sound very cost effective to me.) For the clothes that I’ve never worn (I have many with tags still attached ), I’m going to sell it on eBay, I don’t see a reason why I should donate these, I’d rather try to get back as much as I can. Besides this helps me save for a new season collection. 😉
I used to sell used books on half.com, most college textbooks might still worth selling. But things like novels and such, you can opt to donate them to a local library.
If you have old electronics that you can part with, it might be a good idea to see if any of it can be sold either on eBay or craigslist. For example, I have a working Sony Ericsson phone that I got from 10 years ago that sells for $20. It’s also ok if they don’t work anymore. There are people out there buying spare parts. For items like old mobile chargers and headphones, (even cables and CDs!!), you can actually recycle them at Best Buy. Here’s a complete list of products you can bring to the Best Buy stores. And if you have any old ink cartridges (regardless of brand), you can always recycle them at Staples to get $2 back in Staple rewards to use on future Staple purchases. If all else fails, run a quick Google Search (or Bing Search 😉 ) to look up a nearby electronics recycling center.
And of course, if you have someone to gift to and they’ll appreciate it, why not make their day?
What are some tips that you have on decluttering? Share!