15 Ways to Responsibly Get Rid of Your Stuff

Home Stager with Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign

The other week, a colleague and I were talking about how challenging it can be to find a way to repurpose and recycle household items. Once you've outgrown an appliance or a dated electronic, it's time to consider where to put them besides out by the curb.


As a home stager, I run into this question all the time. Once the decision has been made to move, it can be overwhelming to decide what to keep and what to toss. 


But toss we must if we are to move successfully. Do you have any idea of how much movers charge these days? It's all about weight and distance, so unless you're in love with your old tube TV's there's no time like the present to recycle them.


Best Buy has one of the best programs in the United States. You can virtually recycle any unwanted appliances and electronics through their Renew Blue transformation. This includes ink and toner cartridges, rechargeable batteries, cables, large appliances and more. Find out Best Buy's FAQs here


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Donate your unwanted furniture and household goods in good condition to Salvation Army, Goodwill and ARC.


Here are some more resources from O Magazine for creative ways to recycle and donate unwanted or unused items that can also do good and help others.


Webthriftstore.com - Sell clothing, cars or electronics and support a favorite charity


Lovinghugs.org - Donate stuffed toys and animals to children in orphanages or war zones


Bridesacrossamerica.com - your old wedding gown goes towards making a miliary bride's big day special


Donatemydress.org - donate your old prom or sweet 16 dresses so someone who can't afford it  can enjoy dressing up


Newbornsinneed.org - donate your babies onesies etc to babies who are ill and impoverished


Careergear.org - donate those old mens suits to this organization that helps unemployed men with interview and career counselling.


Neweyesfortheneedy.org - donate your old glasses to give the give of sight to someone abroad in need (also most national vision centers such as Lenscrafters have donation boxes in stores)


Made4aid.org - donate leftover knittng and sewing projects to benefit Doctors Without Borders


Musicandmemory.org - iPods in working condition and unused iTunes gift cards help lift elderly patients spirits


Oneworldrunning.com - sends new and nearly new running shoes to shelters in the US and Africa and Central America. 


Getwellgamers.org - sends new and used games to help hospitalized children  


Packing up and moving doesn't have to be a hassle if you take the opportunity to clear out what no longer works for you. Getting rid of unwanted "stuff" responsibly can  not only provide you with a potential charitable deduction but also give you the satisfaction of helping others. When you know how to recycle your household goods, you're ahead of the game. Let the tossing begin!


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Tessa Skeens

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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

This list is a wonderful resource for all of us.  I was thrilled when I discovered Best Buy would accept electronics!

Apr 24, 2014 04:14 PM #80
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Tessa - There are a lot of needy organizations out there, and if you have something worth donating, that is something we should all do. Thanks so much for sharing all of these great ways to responsibly get rid of our stuff.

Apr 25, 2014 02:18 AM #81
Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Great tips it is always good to pass along things to someone else in need. Thanks for sharing have a great weekend.

Apr 25, 2014 02:31 AM #82
A. J. Zaki
REMAX Realty Pros - Boca Raton, FL
Home Finder In Florida

Thank you for the blog. This is great! Have a great week!

Apr 28, 2014 01:09 AM #83
Harrison K. Long
HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney

Tessa ... Yours are great suggestions and tips to organize and responsibly get rid of your stuff.  Thanks.

Apr 28, 2014 02:21 AM #84
American Brokers Realty Group
American Brokers Realty Group, Inc - Cape Coral, FL

This is a really well written blog. Keep up the god work.  I will use this usefull information in the future.

Apr 28, 2014 09:10 PM #85
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

There are a lot of alternatives to clutter and moving stiff into a new house! Excellent list.

Apr 28, 2014 09:10 PM #86
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

We run acroos donate articles all the time. We don't recommend anything other then local charities so we know the proceeds will go to helping the local community. Here we use Waterfront Mission.

Apr 29, 2014 01:16 AM #87
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I LOVE this post. Repurposing is the ultimate form of recycling. I really appreciate the url links too. Lots of effort and thought in this one, Tessa.

Apr 29, 2014 05:23 AM #88
Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Grand Junction, CO
Staging For Realtors, Builders & Investors

Thanks all for your thoughtful comments! I can say I now have only in my home what I want there - no extra stuff! It took a few moves to get here but it feels good to look around and only see what I like in my home. I've donated a lot over the past few  years to both the YWCA resale store and to a local charity store which supports an animal shelter. Even without a tax writeoff it feels good to know my "no longer need" fills a need somewhere.

Apr 30, 2014 12:49 AM #89
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Tessa, great list and usually everyone has things they need to get rid of, and just cannot throw away in the trash.

Apr 30, 2014 05:32 AM #90
Joe Graham
Graham Real Estate Group - Naperville, IL
Naperville Real Estate Marketing Specialist

Great advice. The links you gave are perfect for people who don't know where to start looking for charities to donate unwanted/unused items. 


May 01, 2014 03:52 AM #91
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

What a great post there.  I look forward to reading more of your writing.  Homes For Sale in Chandler AZ 

May 01, 2014 10:26 AM #92
American Brokers Realty Group
American Brokers Realty Group, Inc - Cape Coral, FL

This is very useful and well written information.  Another amazing blog from you.  Keep up the good work.

May 02, 2014 10:45 PM #93
Dee Toohey
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Longwood, FL
Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro

Thanks for the helpful websites and tips. 

May 04, 2014 02:52 AM #94
Amy Bly
Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors - Montville, NJ
Styling Homes for Selling and Staying

Hi, Tessa -- I didn't read all the comments to see if anyone mentioned Habitat for Humanity's Resale Stores called "Restores" -- but in my area in northern NJ they are a great place to donate things like kitchen cabinets, furniture, mirrors, art, paint, building supplies, etc.  Everything needs to be in good condition (or new), but it all goes to a really good cause!  

May 04, 2014 10:40 AM #95
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Second time around. Priceless.

May 04, 2014 07:51 PM #96
Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Grand Junction, CO
Staging For Realtors, Builders & Investors

Thanks again everyone. I think someone did mention the Habitat "Restores" Amy. Like you said great cause and also a nice alternative to going out and buying new if you're looking to rehab or renovate on a budget.

May 05, 2014 04:27 AM #97
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Tessa~ Great post! I wonder who that colleague was???? Tee hee! I'm going to take advantage of some of these groups. Rich has an old suit we can donate and I think some old/new running shoes that didn't fit. Thanks for sharing the list. I'm saving it!

May 06, 2014 01:35 AM #98
Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Grand Junction, CO
Staging For Realtors, Builders & Investors

Hi Donna - you CAN take credit for inspiring this blog! I had the list of other resources but thanks to you for pointing out Best Buy. Hope your re-cycling goes well!

May 07, 2014 01:51 AM #99
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