Do it for the earth and do it for your pocket!
Donating, recycling, and selling are less expensive than a dumpster and may provide cash for your unwanted items. They may also provide a tax deduction or help out a worthy cause. Use your imagination when deciding where things could go, other than black trash bags! Can someone use your items in some form or fashion? This is the ultimate in recycling.
Remember the following when cleaning out estates:
- Have the neighbors in for free household chemicals, garden/yard tools, etc.
- Create a donation network by discussing what you have to give.
- Keep watch for charity drives in your community. Typically, TV and newspapers will run donation requests during the holiday season.
- Web search for places to sell or donate items.
- Gazelle.com, venjuvo.com, techforward.com and myboneyard.com all offer varying amounts of compensation for electronics.
- Mygreenelectronics.com tells you where to find nearby recycling centers for electronics.
- Paper, cardboard, and scrap metal are commodities that are traded. Find a buyer in your local phone book.
- Scrap metal and other household metals, photo frames, etc. are wanted by artists. (If you take scrap metal to the right place, you can end up with some $$$ in your wallet.)
- Charities are in a funding crisis; paper, books, games and toys help daycares, senior centers and after-school programs. Give them a call; they are happy to give you a wish list.
- Alzheimer’s facilities are always looking for clean linens, towels, etc.
- Many religious organizations/groups set up homes for refugees, domestic abuse victims, pregnant women, disabled adults, etc. They need many everyday items that you need to dispose.
- Inventory the home before buying materials. Garbage bags, boxes, and cleaning supplies are normally already in the house.
- Worn sheets and towels, leashes and pet bowls are very much needed by local pet shelters.
- Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
With my prediction of millions of households being liquidated in the next few decades, the very thought of the amount of trash the U.S. will generate is mind boggling. Do your part to help!
© 2010 Julie Hall