Saturday, January 5, 2008

Waste not, want not

For most of us, our homes end up packed each year with more and more items that we "will use one day". Items that seem to be useful, yet for what, well, we're not really sure. Exercise equipment that is just too much work to setup or use. Cookware, or dishes that fill cupboards and gather dust. Clothes that fit us prior to that x-mas 3 yrs ago at grandma's...

Some of this stuff could easily make you money and find a new great home if you simply took a quick photo of it and posted it onto EBAY or Craigslist. But most of it, well, what's the point?'s simply too old, too shabby, not valuable enough to take the time and ship. Too heavy, too awkward, or you simply don't like selling things online. Okay, so let's just throw this stuff out...

Alternatively, rather than throwing out that chipped pot, or that 3 legged chair, or your 8 year old's 6yr old clothes... why not Freecycle it!?

Freecycle, for those of us that have not already heard of it, is gathering momentum every day, with freecycling networks popping up every day the world over.

Freecycle is a grassroots, nonprofit, free service made up of folks from every walk of life that are interested in preventing or reducing the constant flow of goods to landfills. Freecycle allows you to post info on items that you have (and want to get rid of) to a local listserve, and choose, from the responses arriving, who you will give it to.

In addition, you can use it to make requests for items that you want, FOR FREE!, and look for items listed that might be useful to you. What could be simpler. And, for those of us with clutter issues, a tendency towards ratpacking, it's time to let go. Freecycle makes it so easy to get access to the bizarre items you might want to stuff closets with, that your excuse for stuffing them no longer exists. Use the items, then pass them on.


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