How to sell, donate, recycle or dispose of unwanted items
One of the most frequent questions we get from potential sellers and buyers is, “How do I clean out my garage to make room for a home sale?” The truth is that clutter is one of the biggest obstacles to getting started selling your home. Homeowners often struggle with cluttered homes, which means potential buyers can’t see what they’re looking for in the home. Clutter can include stacks of papers, toys, old furniture, and other items that make a space appear dirty or outdated. When clutter is not removed before selling a home, it can make sales difficult. For example, sellers may be reluctant to list their homes for fear that a prospective buyer will think the house is too messy — or worse yet, it will take away from their beautiful furniture or art collection. So how do we recommend our clients get rid of unwanted items? If you want to know more about this, this video is for you.
For today’s video, exclusive for our Core members, we will be talking about how you can sell, donate, recycle or dispose of unwanted items.
Let’s face it: The act of decluttering your home is a lot harder than it sounds. Most people have a hard time letting go of the things they don’t use or that don’t bring them joy anymore, which often leads to a big pile of stuff in the corner. If you’re ready to tackle decluttering in your own space, here’s what you need to know about reducing clutter and transforming junk into treasure.
Instead, look for responsible ways to sell, donate, recycle, or properly dispose of your unwanted stuff. The best method depends on the type of item and its condition, how much money you’d like to receive for it, and how much work you’re willing to do.
For example, if you have a sofa that’s broken or old but in good condition—or that someone else has already claimed as theirs—you can sell it on Craigslist. You’ll likely get around $100 for it (maybe more if the sofa is in good shape).
If you have something that isn’t worth much financially but does have sentimental value or historical significance (like a painting by your great-aunt), try donating it to an art museum or historical society. You might be able to get tax write-offs for this donation—and if not, at least you’ve done some good while saving yourself some money!
If all else fails… try recycling! There are many places around town where people will take your old electronics and other environmentally friendly items in exchange for cash—and they don’t even ask questions about what they’re getting!
So are you overwhelmed by the task of decluttering your home? We’ve got you covered.
In our guide to getting rid of almost anything, we’ll show you how to declutter your belongings and make them more accessible for you—whether it’s clothing, electronics, furniture, kids’ toys, linens, or anything else. We’ll also offer some tips for taking care of old stuff so that it can be passed on to someone who will appreciate it.
Before you default to the garbage bin, check out these tips for giving your old stuff a second life.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to declutter your bookshelves? You know, the ones that are filled with books you haven’t read in years and never plan on reading again. Well, here’s a little secret: those shelves don’t have to stay empty forever. If you’re ready to let go of some of those old books and make room for new ones, consider donating them. Donations can often be taken back to your local library or book store for checkout or sale. And if you’d like to make some cash from your book collection, consider selling them at your next garage sale or taking them into a local used bookstore. Or look for a Little Free Library in your neighborhood.
If you’re like us, you’ve got a ton of leftover building materials and appliances after remodeling your home. What do you do with them? We know that if you’re like most people, the first thing that comes to mind is: “I’m gonna sell it on Craigslist!” But we don’t think that’s the best option. We think donating them to an organization like Habitat for Humanity is better—especially if you can drop off items at one of their ReStore outlets! Habitat for Humanity isn’t just about providing affordable housing for those who need it; it’s also about helping families improve their lives by teaching them how to take pride in their homes and making them more energy efficient. That’s why they accept donations of building materials, appliances and other household items—and they’ll even help finance the building project with proceeds from the sale of these items! So what are you waiting for? Drop by one of Habitat’s ReStore outlets today and let them know what you have (or help them find out)!
You’re ready to upgrade your mobile phone, and we couldn’t be more excited for you! But before you make the leap, we wanted to let you know about a few things that might help save the planet and keep that old device from ending up in a landfill:
– Donate your phone to a charitable organization that refurbishes or recycles old cell phones, such as 911 Cell Phone Bank or Cell Phones for Soldiers.
– Many cell phone carriers and electronics retailers have recycling programs for old devices. For example, Verizon offers a donation program where you can recycle your old phone at their store locations. Best Buy also offers a recycling program for old devices.
After you’ve cleaned out your closet, you’re probably thinking about what to do with all the clothes. If you want to give your clothes directly to those in need, there are several organizations that will accept gently used clothing for donation. The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries are two of the largest, but there are many smaller organizations that also accept donations. A local homeless shelter or church is probably the best place to start if you want to donate clothing to an organization that provides clothing and coats directly to those in need. Otherwise, organizations such as The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries will resell gently used clothing through their thrift stores to fund charitable programs. Selling your clothes is a great way to make money while also helping the environment. There are many platforms that will help you sell your clothes, such as Mercari, Poshmark, ThredUP, and more. If you have garments that are too stained, damaged, or worn for further wear, look into clothing recycling programs such as the American Textile Recycling Service, which operates thousands of drop-off donation bins throughout the U.S.
If you’re looking for an easy way to recycle your old electronics, you’ve come to the right place. While many people don’t realize it, computers, office equipment, TVs, and other electronics often contain components that can be reused. Even if the device itself is no longer functional, there are a number of ways you can reuse these parts—and it only takes a little effort on your part! First of all, keep an eye out for used-electronics collection days in your community or locate a nearby drop-off location that accepts electronic waste. You can also find companies with electronics donation or recycling programs, such as Best Buy and Staples. Once you’ve collected all of your old electronics, check out our guide to recycling for more information about what goes in which category and how to get rid of them correctly!
Helping those who need your help is a great way to feel good about yourself, and it can also help out someone else. The Lions Club has a long history of helping combat vision impairment through its eyeglasses donation program. Check out their website to find a drop-off location near you or deposit your eyeglasses at a participating Walmart Vision Center. Some eyewear retailers, including LensCrafters, will also accept your old glasses for recycling and reuse. Donating your old glasses allows them to be recycled and reused by people who can’t afford new eyeglasses. It also helps you keep up with the latest styles!
If you’re looking to sell gently used furniture, the best place to start is by posting it on Facebook Marketplace. This platform allows users in your area to buy and sell items from each other. You can set up a profile and list your items for sale, or even use the app’s messaging feature to communicate directly with potential buyers. If your goal is to reach more people nationwide, check out Mercari or Chairish. Both apps allow users across the country to post their items up for sale. You can also message potential buyers via these platforms’ messaging features. Alternatively, consider donating your old furniture in good condition to your local Habitat ReStore, Goodwill, or Salvation Army outlet. These organizations collect furniture that they then resell at discounted prices in order to help reduce waste and get rid of clutter. If you’ve got furniture that’s in good shape and just not big enough for your needs, but it’s not fit for reuse, check with your municipality’s policy for bulky items before hauling it out to the curb. In some cases, you might need to schedule a pickup appointment or take the item to a drop-off location.
Have you ever had a bunch of old household goods that you don’t know what to do with? Have you ever wanted to make a little extra cash, but don’t want to throw them away? If so, we have good news for you! It’s possible to donate your old household goods and make some money at the same time. You can take your donations to a local thrift store or Goodwill Industries, or even a local shelter that supports veteran service programs or homeless shelters. The Salvation Army also accepts donations of cleaning supplies, dishware, small appliances, and other household goods. Call ahead to check before you drop items off! If you’d rather do it yourself and make some extra cash off the sale of your donation items instead of letting someone else do it for you—great! You can also sell them on eBay or Craigslist—just be sure they’re in working order before they go out there.
Have you ever been stuck with a bunch of kids’ clothing you don’t want? Maybe it’s just that one pair of pants that were in style two years ago, or maybe you’re holding onto an entire collection of the same zebra onesie. Whatever the case, we’ve got some great news: there are ways to get rid of all of your old kids’ clothes without feeling like you’re letting them down. First, try hosting a “swap” with friends or neighbors who have kids of different ages and sizes. This way, everyone gets to share their unwanted items—and it’s fun! You can also do this in between events like a potluck or picnic so everyone can bring something and get rid of anything they don’t want anymore. Then once everyone has brought in all their items, it’s time for donations! While it might feel awkward at first, people will get used to it pretty fast—especially if you make sure there are bins for things like outgrown clothes or toys for older children (which could be donated). There’s no need to get rid of high-quality kids’ clothing just yet. If you’ve got a ton of gently used and brand-new clothes, consider consignment stores. These businesses take their cut of the profits when you sell your stuff, but you might come out ahead of what you would make at a yard sale. In addition to your local consignment shops, check out Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, which sponsors children’s and maternity consignment sales events around the country. Otherwise, online resale sites like Poshmark and ThredUP can be handy places to sell kids’ clothing.
We know how hard it is to let go of your children’s favorite toys and stuffed animals after all the months of playing and cuddling, but it’s a necessary part of growing up. But what if you could give them a second chance? That’s where we come in! We’re here to help you get rid of your old toys so that someone else can enjoy them. What do we mean by ‘someone else’? We mean organizations like Stuffed Animals for Emergencies, Second Chance Toys, and Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS). These organizations distribute used stuffed animals, toys, children’s books, and blankets to emergency organizations, children’s services, hospitals, and homeless shelters so that kids who may not have been able to afford new ones can get something they really love. Donating children’s items to a local school or daycare center is another option. Some churches also partner with shelters and food pantries to provide clothes, toys, and household goods to families. However, keep in mind that toys, especially stuffed animals, and some baby equipment like car seats and cribs might not be accepted by many charities because of recalls. Always check with the organization first before dropping your items off. You can also donate kids’ items directly to a local charity if you are unable to find one that will accept them. Before you head out there, however, make sure that the charity has a clear policy on how they will dispose of your items (especially if they will be thrown away). Also make sure they are willing to take toys without tags, as well as any items that have been recalled by the manufacturer.
We all have that one thing that we love to collect. It might be something as big as an entire set of vintage television sets or as small as a couple of old CDs. For some of us, it’s the music we grew up listening to or the movies we watched when we were younger. And for others, it’s books and toys from our childhoods. But whatever it is that you love collecting, you might not have thought about how important it is to someone else—especially if you have a large collection! If you’re thinking about donating your collection, there are some things to keep in mind:
-The items will likely be considered “collectibles” by buyers on eBay or other online marketplaces. They may not be worth much individually but collectively they could be worth quite a bit more than the cost of shipping them back to you (assuming you don’t want to do that yourself).
-There are many different ways to donate your collection—such as taking them to a local music store or consignment shop or sending them off with charity organizations like Goodwill Industries International or Salvation Army Thrift Stores International—but what works best for each person varies based on their location and size of their collection
Did you know that when animal shelters have too many animals, they often use towels, linens, and even rugs to provide warmth and comfort? This is a great way to support your local rescue groups: give them what they need. If you have old towels or linens that are no longer used for their intended purpose—like drying dishes—ask your local ASPCA, Humane Society, or small-animal rescue group if they would like them. They can often use them to help keep animals warm in cold weather or provide a comfortable place for pets to lie down between visits from the vet. If you’re not sure where to donate these items, check out your local thrift store—they always need donations of clean clothes and linens!
When are your containers in the cabinets not just full of food, but also full of lids? The lids have no bottoms or bottoms with no lids. The plastic is cracked or stained. Before you toss them in the trash, check whether they’re recyclable. Look for a stamped number inside a rectangular recycling logo, usually located on the bottom of the container. No. 1 and 2 plastics are typically recyclable, but be sure to check with your local recycling program to verify which types they’ll accept.
When you’re done with your shoes, there are a few options for what to do with them. One option is donating them to a charity that will put them to good use. There are plenty of charities out there that will accept your gently used shoes, and many of them offer free shipping on their donations. One example: Soles4Souls, an organization that accepts new or gently used shoes and distributes them to people living in poverty. For shoes that are worn-out or damaged beyond repair, look for ways to recycle your old kicks instead of trashing them. For example, Nike will collect and recycle used athletic shoes from any brand. Simply drop them off at a participating Nike retail store. Another option is just giving away the shoes themselves. You can take them directly to your local thrift store or sell them online through sites like eBay or Craigslist (if you’re looking for something specific). If you’re looking for something specific—like a pair of high heels or boots—you can also try shoe shops like Payless or DSW; both stores sell consignment items and allow customers to shop by category so they can find exactly what they’re looking for quickly! If none of these options work well for you, consider going the route of recycling.
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