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


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!


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


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.


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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Donielle is a natural momma of two, lover of real foods, and owner and editor of Grand Rapids Natural Living and Naturally Knocked Up. You can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up some nourishing foods, cuddled on the couch reading books to the littles, avoiding the laundry and Mt. Saint Dishes, or tapping away on the laptop. Her husband puts up with her sometimes crazy "hippie" ways, but loves her regardless. Welcome to my home away from home.


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