Are you a purger or a hoarder? It seems to be a black and white issue for most. Some of us love to periodically purge our homes of our “stuff.” We like the look of scarcity, minimalism, sleekness and order. On the other side of the fence, some of us love the feel of abundance and coziness. We like to look at our “stuff” as reminders of where we have been and who we are. Both camps have merit, and both entail their own set of problems…and of course compulsivity in either camp can become clinical. Oops, I didn’t mean to delve into the darkness of the human psyche, or to pontificate on matters meant only for professionals. Its just that I have had some personal experience with the butting of heads between minimalists and those who prefer abundance…that is another story for another day.
For today, I would like to offer some options for those who need a place for their stuff that they no longer need or want.
For your honest to goodness junk/trash, renting a dumpster or tub is a great way to get started on a big project. There are even companies who will come and haul away all of your junk, at a price.
Most of our junk is still viable and completely usable (outgrown clothing, household products, books, toys, gear): Give this stuff to anyone who can really use it. There is no worse guilt than looking at an outgrown snowsuit in my storage room during a a winter cold snap…if you don’t know someone who can use your hand me downs, please donate, and donate seasonally! Lots of charities schedule pick-ups periodically in your neighborhoods-schedule your clean-up day to coincide with a pick-up. ARC’s Value Village is a great option for drop-off donations.
I personally have struggled with the dilemma of what to do with my more expensive items—do I try to sell them? Unless you love spending long hours/days sorting, cleaning, and pricing your “stuff,” and at least a couple of days in a lawn chair on your driveway bargaining with shoppers over nickels and dimes, a garage sale is not typically going to make you rich in anything other than experience. Maybe Craig’s List or E-bay, or maybe donation is still the ticket. For me, donating something that cost a lot of money is a real world reminder of my wastefulness. It causes me to at least pause before purchasing. I also like to imagine the kid who now has the latest and greatest hockey gear when he didn’t previously own a pair of skates…priceless!
Check with your County for drop-off facilities for recycling of appliances, TVs, computers, tires, and hazardous chemicals…
The Re-Use Center in Minneapolis accepts many large household items and tools…