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How to get rid of your stuff

September 2, 2009

We suffer from having too much stuff. Sometimes I think we have too little space but mostly I think we have too much stuff. The question then is ‘how do you get rid of it?’ Here are my top places for getting rid in (mostly useful) ways of the surplus in my life.

  1. For books (of which we have plenty) we use BookMooch. It allows us to pass on books that we’ve read but aren’t sure we want to keep and request books we might like to read one day. Just put 8 more books on.
  2. For other things we usually use Freecycle. Just last week the golf clubs and trolley that haven’t been used in a year or more went to a good home.
  3. The local recycling centre is excellent. My wife Emma bought me 6 new T-shirts at the weekend, much needed in her opinion so out went 8 well worn T-shirts (if you can get rid of more than you take on, that’s good to begin with), a bundle of socks and other assorted no longer needed clothes. I know this slightly defeats the object but also picked up a Harry Potter book, a Beano album and a DVD for free!
  4. Local charity shops. They do good business from us in clothes, children’s stuff and assorted household goods.
  5. I’ve not bothered with ebay or amazon, because giving away things for free is more enjoyable for me.

What have I missed? How do you get rid of your stuff?

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