You’re married now. Congratulations! Starting a new household. Doing grown up things. But now you have 4 sofas, 2 ninja blenders, 2 printers, and 1
ugly recliner. You’ve gotta get rid of it so you can enjoy all your new wedding gifts and actually see the home you two share. So what do you do with all your stuff?
Books: You can donate used (or new) books to the library. I cleared my shelves and took over 50 books to our local library. They will sell these books and raise money to fund our library and I got a tax receipt!
Sheets and Towels: Local animal shelters will take old sheets and towels to make warm and cuddly beds for the animals. Also, I have a bag of old t-shirts and towels cut up and prepared for cleaning super dirty jobs. For the kinds of dirty you won’t even put in the washer.
Batteries, CDs, cords and old electronics: We’ve donated at least 2 computers/laptops, yards and yards of cords, old batteries, CDs and CD cases, an old broken TV and even plastic shopping bags to Best Buy. Make sure you clear your hard drive, or have them remove it before giving them your computer.
Furniture, appliances, working electronics, household items: We’ve listed all of the BIG items on Craigslist. All the proceeds from before the wedding went towards the honeymoon. Everything we make now will go to our sectional savings fund. We don’t get a huge return, but since neither of us have a truck or SUV, this is like getting paid for someone to haul away things we no longer want.
Bonus Tip: If you have something big that doesn’t work and you just want it GONE, list it as free and somebody will come get it.
Clothes, shoes, any household goods:
- Donate. Donate. Donate. Since we (I) had some much to give, I spread it out. Goodwill, American Kidney Fund (per Mommy’s request), and 3 different shelters. I was able to give to Hope House (for domestic violence victims) via a wonderful service that will come to your house and collect the donation from your doorstep.
- Consignment. I wanted to do this, but we got pressed for time. We ended up donating all the things I would have taken and that’s okay. But a consignment store will sometimes pay you up front, or pay you a percentage of what they make by selling your items. This is a great way to get stuff out of the house and make a little money while doing very little work.
- Mommy and I had a big fire just after we moved in. They dry cleaned all our clothes and brought them back on new hangers. We literally had hundreds, maybe thousands of hangers. To my knowledge, nobody takes those…except coat closets. So, that’s where they went.
After we’ve exhausted all reasonable resources, we see if there’s anything that can be recycled. We pile it up and every week or two I do a drop at the recycling center. It’s usually boxes and paper, but it’s a lot of each. I can see parts of the house I haven’t seen since we moved in. SUITE!