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How to Get Rid of Stuff
Many people have too much stuff that they want to get rid of. Getting the stuff you donít want out of the house does take some effort. If the things you donít want still have value you may want to sell them, smaller things of less value may be donated and I expect you will have things to be thrown out. Here is a list of ways you can get rid of the stuff you donít need or love and maybe bless someone else with your unwanted items.
I suggest things you can get over $10 for are worth the effort of selling. If you are going to advertise something and maybe ship it you want at least $10 for your effort.
Large items are best sold locally. Sometimes there are local places you can advertise such as coffee shops or community centers, or maybe in the local paper. Many people advertise things for sale online on Craigslist, Backpage or eBay Classifieds. These are all websites designed for selling locally.
Many people sell things they donít want on eBay. The main thing to remember is the cost of shipping. People wonít pay $50 to ship an item that only costs $10. Some of the best things to sell on eBay are books as they can be shipped really cheaply by using media mail. Remember to check that electronics really work before you list them.
The easiest way to get rid of a large amount of stuff is to have a garage sale. Aim that the purpose of the garage sale is to reduce the inventory in your home and treat any money you make as a bonus. Donít price the items too high as you donít want to be putting them back in the house at the end of the day. If you have a garage sale with some neighbors you can book a thrift store pick up at the end of the day to take what you havenít sold.
If something has value and you decide not to sell it, you can donate it to a thrift store. Many stores will have pickups in your neighborhood frequently, you just need to leave the items on the curb and they will collect your unwanted items. For larger items such as furniture you may need to schedule a delivery.
There are now freecycle groups in most parts of the United States and also in other countries. This is a local group of people who will freely give away the things they donít want any more. You need to join your local yahoo group and read all the rules, then you can advertise stuff you donít want and give it directly to people who do want it. But be careful, you may be tempted to pick up some free items too, so try to get rid of more than you gain!
There are many things in our homes that are truly trash. All we need to do is look at them and make the decision to move them to the garbage. Somehow we donít. So, get a garbage bag (or even just a grocery bag) and see how many items from your home you can put into it. Then let it leave your home by putting all your unwanted items in the garbage bin.
The trick is little and often. Try and get rid of something every day, or allocate yourself a certain time in the day when you will look for things that should leave the house. Getting rid of stuff is work, but if you make getting rid of stuff a habit it wonít end up being such a big chore.
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