Eliminating Clutter the Eco-Friendly Way

Eliminating Clutter the Eco-Friendly Way

Colleen Quinn
Nov 12, 2008

Like many of you, we've been following the 8 week cure and doing our best to winnow down our posessions to those that are truly important. Along the way, we all find ourselves with a wide variety of goods that have lots of life left in them, too much life to simply throw away...

As the weather gets too cold for yard-sales, we gratefully turn to both Craigslist and FreeCycle to help us find new homes for our gently used goods. Especailly in this troubled economy, we are happy to think that our previously beloved possessions will end up in the hands of someone who truly needs or will truly appreciate them.

Based on our experience, nothing is too big or too small to find a new home through these sites. Faced with the prospect of hauling two twin mattresses to the dump, we chose instead to list them as free to a good home- hours later they were picked up by a family in need. Freecycle is especially great if you have a porch or outside staging area as you can simply list the location and have the item picked up with no further interaction if you so desire.

Many local jurisdictions recommend Freecycle on their recycling and waste management pages. Here are some local Freecycle sites for those not yet on the email list:

If you are looking for another location, check out The Freecycle Network to find the closest group to your neightborhood.
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