Many of us have been cleaning and decluttering this month, but what do you do with all the junk?
1. Throw it away
Broken, worn out, too old to salvage items need to find a home in the garbage can. Do not donate or pass along things in poor condition.
Visit your city’s web page and see what items they recycle. You might be surprised at the amount of items that can be recycled these days. If your city doesn’t recycle, you can find the closest facility and take it yourself.
Many organizations will come to your house and pick up your unwanted stuff! The following organizations may pick up items in your area.
- Vietnam Veterans of America
- AMVETS (American Veterans National Service Foundation)
- Salvation Army
- Purple Heart
4. Yard Sale
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? Yard sales are a lot of work, but it is a great way to earn some extra money. Money Saving Mom has a great post on how to have a successful yard sale.
5. Craig’s List
Craig’s List is a great way to get rid of just a few unwanted items. It works especially well for bigger items that you don’t want to haul away yourself. I posted some tips last year for buying and selling on Craig’s List, it is my favorite place to shop!
eBay is a good option when you want to sell higher value or unique items. Just remember eBay charges fees, so take that into consideration before listing an item.
7. Pass Along to a Friend
Many families are blessed by hand-me-downs and second hand items. I know when I was first married almost everything we owned came from someone else. We couldn’t afford to buy anything new and we were very thankful for the generosity of others.