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you donít have the patience for taking photos, posting descriptions
and images, then waiting for Joe Cheapskate from Craigslist
to call and set up a pick-up time, consider posting your items
Everything is free, so users have no excuse for demanding delivery
or haggling for a better price. Thatís why itís called freecycle,
people! In competitive urban markets, youíll have at least
a dozen people vying eagerly for your old printer or houseplant,
so if someone flakes out on the pick-up, just move onto the
next one. Or if youíre feeling philanthropic, you can donate
old books, magazines, CDs, and movies to your local library
(see sidebar at right for other ideas). Sometimes I also bring
my magazine stash to the gym and leave them there for others
to enjoy during their workout.
to dispose of
Find recycling information for your neighborhood
Princess Project: Donate gently used prom dresses
Offer various items to others in your area via online bulletin
Find a cell phone drop box in your area
for Technology: Donate your computer to help
bridge the technology gap in Africa
Access: Find non-profits in your area that need
various household items
If all else fails and you need large items hauled away
Anything in that
falls under the category of ďwhy do I still have this?Ē -- because
itís broken, stained beyond recognition, or otherwise unusable --
should be tossed. Be sure to check on your local ordinances before
throwing out any appliances or electronic devices.
Once youíve made
some headway, reward yourself with a glass of wine and dinner from
your favorite take-out restaurant. Sit back, and enjoy the fruits
of your labor. See, that wasnít so hard, was it?
a Boston-based freelance writer and, admittedly, a bit of a
clean freak. Check out her blog at http://www.theUrbanMuse.blogspot.com.
by susan johnston:
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