As you know, we have been cleaning out and organizing a lot of stuff this year. I am really enjoying Joshua Becker’s book, The Minimalist Home
Here’s some of the things we have done this year and over the last couple:
We took a charcoal drawing my mother did many years ago and had it framed. Now it’s on display in our home, instead of the basement.
We took many books to our local library for their semi annual book sale fundraiser.
We took the old family movies and has them transferred to DVD’s. We were so impressed that we did this with the slides and old photos to. Then some of the original photos were donated to the local historical society for them to preserve. One of the old photos was one that included Phil Rizzuto when he was very young.
We scanned many records and shredded the originals. I wouldn’t want to lose those records, but I didn’t want to keep all that paper either.
As I have been working on this project weekends, I am always amazed that in our local paper there have been requests. One week, there was a pop donation site for business attire, so we took over a bag of clothes. Next, the local high school was collecting formal wear for the upcoming proms. Another bag of clothes gone. I really like it when I can donate items that someone else may be able to use.
We’re cleaning out the old electronics too. We replaced a laptop and tablet late last year. So it’s time to get rid of. We sold an old printer on Craig’s List. We donated a scanner with the help of the Cristina Foundation. And so much more.
My resources page has lots of suggestions if you are looking to get rid of items. In addition, here is a couple of great article from the New York Times’ What To Do With All That Stuff (Jan 27, 2019) and How To Sell, Donate and Recycle Your Stuff (Jan 11, 2019).