As you might expect, figuring out exactly what to do with stuff when you’re ready to get rid of it has been causing me a bit of a problem. I live in an urban area, and many of the charities that make scheduled pick-ups do not operate in New York City. But then I learned to employ a technique that has worked out so well for me in other aspects of me life: I lie.
I’ve been using my in-laws’ address and scheduling pick-ups with places that will take donations of almost anything you have to get rid of. It has worked out really well, and they give me a tax form every time they come pick up. About every other month, I have about two to three bags and boxes to give them. Now that I’m pretty much done with the majority of the decluttering, it’s only this amount, and not like 20 bags at a time.
However, there are some things I look at and wonder if I could get some money for them. So after being hesitant about it for months, I finally started selling some of my stuff on eBay. The first day, I listed four items, and three of them sold immediately (with the “Buy it now” option). When I saw eBay had given me 20 free listings to use in a month, I decided to go for it, and listed anything I thought people would possibly want. Maybe it was beginner’s luck, but most of it sold.
I also tried Freecycle, more than once, and Craigslist, also more than once, to try to get rid of the heavier stuff. But sadly, even though people always expressed interest in whatever I was giving away for free, they never came to pick it up. Which is particularly annoying for me, as I’ve heard of people traveling between boroughs to get things like 3/5 a bottle of Pine-Sol. But luckily, the charity isn’t as picky, and they will take my functional but extraneous mouse with no complaints.
How do you get rid of unwanted but usable items?