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Vox Pop: Converting clutter from trash to treasure

Quick way to dispose of lots of stuff? | Ask MetaFilter

Wow, talk about good timing.

I've noticed in comments on this week's clutter posts that there's a lot of interest from you all in the away part of "throw away" -- people seem to have a lot of ideas on the most interesting, charitable, creative, and environmentally-responsible routes for converting your own trash into someone else's treasure.

So far we (and that AskMe thread) have covered:

  • Recycling
  • Goodwill (and similar charities)
  • 1-800-GOT-JUNK (and similar services)
  • Craigslist (and other classified avenues)
  • eBay (and other online sales ideas)
  • Freecycle
  • Putting it on the street with a "Free" sign

What's your creative solution? Let's try to avoid names of specific businesses and charities except inasmuch as they offer a truly creative and non-obvious solution to reuse or recycling. What's the most interesting way you've cleared your crap while doing some good? Have you got any suggestions that are clever and convenient?

Julia's picture

My issue with clutter, is...

My issue with clutter, is planning for a proper afterlife for the crap. I can let go of crap, but getting it a new home is my problem. Ok this might sound weird, but its sorta how I feel. Who wants to adopt my crap if I don't want it? Noone? ok fine, I'll hold on to it. Makes me miserable.

Can you find more places that accept crap, and explain the steps one goes through in contacting, arranging the pick up, or scheduling a drop off of stuff like old outdated furniture, obsolete tech items, clothes and old books.




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