Got clutter? Are you like me and determined to make some room before the holidays hit? Do Your Part as you sort, organize, and get rid of all that stuff you no longer want or need. Instead of sending it straight to the landfill, you can do some good with all of it and you might even make a few bucks in the process.
I’ll start with the stuff that takes up the most space and will drive most any parent out of their mind – all those toys! The list goes on and on from stuffed animals to tea sets to baby dolls and hot wheels. Many times, our kids get tired of their toys well before those toys are worn out. Don’t dump them in the trash – donate them so other kids can have a special holiday. Places like Goodwill would love to take your toys this time of year. So would certain children’s school programs and the Salvation Army. It is difficult to make money on used toys but consider selling some of the bigger toys such as tricycles and doll houses to consignment shops specifically geared towards kids. I’ve had great success selling items on Craigslist too.
Are cell phones, tablets, or gaming devices on your shopping list this year? Don’t let the old gadgets go to waste just because a newer version is on the market. Selling these devices is a good (and oh-so-easy!) way to earn some money with items you no longer use. NextWorth is one online site which will buy back your gadgets for top dollar. They’re even offering a 10% bonus for all iPods this season. Even major companies such as Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy are participating in electronic trade-in programs this year where you can gift cards in return for your items. Go to the bottom of this post for a complete list of resources.
Are your closets jam packed with clothes that you and your family no longer wear? Don’t let them take up valuable space when they could go to someone who wants or needs them. Many well cared for clothes hold a lot of value and can be sold to other parents in consignment shops or online sites such as eBay. If you’re looking to donate them, consider Goodwill, Salvation Army, battered women’s shelters, or Dress for Success programs.
No matter what you have, there are ways to Do Your Part with all of it. It could be helping a family in need, keeping valuable materials out of our landfills, or earning a few dollars while getting a longer life out of what you have in your home. Now that’s the perfect holiday gift for our planet!
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