How to Get Rid of Unwanted Items in GR

guest post by Tammy

When I think about organizing, the first thing that comes to mind is purging. When you clear out the clutter, it just makes organizing so much easier, and less expensive too! It is easier because you don’t have as many things to organize and store, and less expensive because you’ll need fewer containers and shelving units.

I like to get creative with how I get rid of my purged items.

Getting rid of clutter gives me such an emotional high! My husband even calls me an anti-hoarder, which is probably not entirely true, but I do like to get rid of stuff.

Toys. Lots of toys.

photo credit: brent_nashville

 Craigslist:

For items in great condition, I choose either e-bay or Craigslist. E-bay works best for smaller, easily shipped items, and Craigslist works best for larger items. I have had great success with Craigslist this winter, getting items out of my basement—and money into my bank account!

Consignment:

For good quality clothing, there are always consignment stores, such as Once Upon a Child (for children’s clothing).

Freecycle:

When I have a large item that just isn’t worth selling, but I don’t want to make a trip to the landfill, I list it on Freecycle. You would be amazed at what people will beg to take off your hands. Every single thing I have offered has found a home.

Thrift Stores:

If something just isn’t big enough to sell, but still has some life in it, I donate. I personally like to donate to Mel Trotter Ministries, as I appreciate that the money earned from my donations will stay in the community and help our neighbors in need. There are many other thrift stores to choose from as well.

Gifts:

Something else to consider is to be generous to your friends – children’s clothing and items are things that are expensive and quickly outgrown. Bless someone else by passing them on. Keep it a blessing and don’t pass on the stained up clothes, and do make sure that the shoes all have pairs.

Yard Sales:

Last on my list, and my least favorite of all, is hosting a yard sale. I am just not a fan of 1) saving things in my basement till yard sale day, and 2) all the work involved. But I know that there is money to be earned in having a yard sale, if you’re willing to put the work into it. Choose a day when your neighborhood has a block sale and your sale will get more traffic.

 

How do you purge your unwanted/unneeded items?

Tammy has lived in Grand Rapids for nearly 7 years, and is a wife and stay at home mom. She enjoys learning new ways to save money, crafting, and cooking.



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Organized Simplicity {book review}

This year I’ve started to set book reading goals for myself. I used to love to spend hours reading, but now with little ones and a website or two to run, I often find myself forgetting about them even when I do have a moment. My year-end goal is to read 50 books, about one per week, a mix of non-fiction mostly.

One of the books that’s been on my to-read list for months now is Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider.

I happened to come across this when it was free on Kindle (currently only $2.99 on Kindle – and you can download kindle apps for your PC, iPhone, and iPad) , but it’s a treasure trove of good information.

It’s gonna rock my husbands world when I put it into practice this next month or so. If not for me, we might have a bit of a mini-hoarder thing going on…..

The first few chapters would a good teaching on how our “stuff” claims us as slaves. And I often feel this way as it takes my time to move things, organize them (a.k.a. hide them), clean them. I’m constantly dealing with my stuff when I could be doing something more productive or fun with my time.

She also helps lead you through making a Simple Living Purpose statement that works for your family. So that you can always remember how you defined it, and how you want to live *your* simple life.

It was also a bit convicting when she began to talk about how we use our time. How we should use it wisely (instead of the 28 hours per week/two months of the year TV habit that most Americans have). Guilty as charged.

After reading this book, I dug out my old home management binder, dusted it off and got it updated and running again. This keeps me on task.

Most days.

She also includes a ten-day schedule for clearing the clutter and organizing your home. And I am SO doing this. Except it’s going to take me more than ten days, so I’m stretching it out to a room per week.

My house needs some serious help.

And once I can get over to Ikea the next few weeks for a bit of shelving and organizing gear, I’ll be going room by room, emptying them, cleaning, and then adding in only what that room needs.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

 

{you can also find me on Goodreads to see what I’m reading – or want to read}

 



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Links in the post above may be affiliate or referral links - meaning that through a sale I may be given monetary benefit. I blog with integrity and only endorse companies and products I love.

This blog is for educational purposes only. The information provided by Donielle, or any contributor, is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition. If you are seeking medical advice, please search out a qualified health practitioner.