by Susan McCarthy
While giving away items for free may seem like an easy option - just let people take the stuff you don't want - you do want to create some rules when you offer things to people so you aren't simply moving clutter from one place to another.
Whether you are cleaning or cleaning out a house, you’ll uncover a lot of stuff that you won’t want to keep. Depending on your schedule and the types of items you no longer want, you’re likely wondering what to do with everything.
If you have the time to photograph items, write descriptions, and determine which site you want to use, you could sell the items. If you don’t have that sort of time, you may decide to donate the lot.
However, if you aren’t keen on donating to a big charity that may sell the items to both pay staff and raise funds to help their chosen community, you may prefer to give away items.
How Giving Away Things Is Different than Donating
When I talk about giving away items you don’t want, I see it as the act of offering things to individuals as opposed to organizations. You may find this a more appealing tact if you want to feel that you aren’t giving to a faceless corporation.
Depending upon how you give away things, you may get the opportunity to interact with recipients. This may be an appealing element, particularly if you want to feel that you are doing right by giving away things that once belonged to a parent.
However, if you don’t want to have conversations with the people taking the items, you don’t have to. Remember, if you have chosen this method to do good while also saving time, don’t get caught up in lengthy conversations.
On the other hand, you may start chatting with someone, discover their needs, and then provide them with other items in the house.
Hi, I'm Susan
Emptying my parents' overpacked 800-square-foot house left me popping handfuls of peanut M&Ms and doing a WHOLE lot of comfort-crocheting. The experience of sorting through mom and dad's stuff also encouraged me to become a professional organizer...so now I can offer techniques that work much better than chocolate.