A blog I follow, thefrugalgirl.com, had a post about using freecycle .org to recycle your unwanted junk...I mean stuff!!! :D I was very intrigued, so I went to the site to check it out....and then pretty much promptly forgot about it. Now, several years later, I was reminded of it because I held a very unsuccessful garage sale and still had the stuff sitting in my closet. I just wanted it gone, but didn't necessarily want to donate it to goodwill. I have no problem donating stuff to thrift stores, but I wanted to find a better way to recycle my stuff. So I looked into freecycle again. There are several groups in my area, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.
I put up several items and made different posts with boxes of different size baby clothes. Within 3-4 days, it was all gone. wahoo!! I loved being able to help someone out by just giving them something they needed or wanted.
I go through phases (usually after birthdays or Christmas) that I feel we have too much stuff and want to purge and downsize. I was feeling that way before christmas and the feeling just few after christmas. :)
What I'm doing it sorting my unwanted stuff and putting it on freecycle. If no one wants it after a while, I will delete the post and put it into my box of odds and ends to be donated to a thrift store. The box of stuff has no rhyme or reason to it, so its not really worth posting on freecycle.
One of my favorite things about it is that I don't have to leave my house. I love to stay home. I don't mind doing errands, grocery shopping, library trips....but add extra stuff in and it wipes me out and I just don't enjoy it. So its a great resource for me to use. You can also made wanted ads if you're looking for something. I'm in need of hangers, so I'm going to see if anyone has any laying around they want to get rid of. Happy freecycleing and downsizing! :)