Long term readers would know I’m on a constant mission to declutter. Trying to declutter without adding everything to landfill is hard.
Op shops are closed at the moment even so, I often worry how much of the really good clothes I put in a clothing bin actually make it on shelves of the op shop.
What I prefer to do is offer friends or colleagues first dibs.
Before lockdown, I offered a friend a quick look at things I was going to donate. She took a couple of items. In return she gave me a Sheridan bedspread, in excellent condition. It has been acquisitioned by my oldest boy who needed a warmer bed cover as we moved into winter. (His doona stays on his bed in our house.) Win, win all round.
The same friend gave me several items that were glamorous aunt’s. Look! An Armani jacket.
I’ve joined a local Buy Nothing Facebook site. It’s a freecycle group, the slight difference is that you need to be local.
I like the concepts of passing things on and keeping it local.
I also like the idea of giving things a new life, giving them to someone who will use them rather that having the items taking up space in my home, unused. Or worse, going to landfill.
Several people have suggested I sell, or try to sell, the items I want to declutter on Marketplace.
I’ve resisted that. Not only can I not be bothered with all the fuss of taking photos and posting and dealing with people who will haggle and maybe not even turn up, but I like the karma that comes with this site.
I have gifted away things big (like a squatters chair which the recipient fixed up$ and small (garden hose attachments)
I have been gifted a nearly new queen bed and a vintage plant stand. The former I was about to buy, at a cost of hundreds, for the “new” guest room; the latter I have been looking for for ages. So happy.