Oh, Pinterest. The place where you can wake up, log on to look up a new breakfast recipe and before you know it, you’re late for work! Or better yet, if you’re like me, images of gorgeous hair styles, tiny homes on beautiful lake shores and bohemian interiors dance through your mind at night instead of the sheep you’re supposed to be counting.
I love a good 2-hour spell sitting in front of the computer screen searching for inspiration as much as the next person, but something caught my eye recently that I do not like. Have you gotten the hang of finding out which pins are trending? I have seen a lot of “trending” pins lately on how to clear the clutter. Clearing the clutter is awesome and in fact, I have reaped many benefits both physically and mentally by clearing out old junk. However, as a very environmentally conscious person, it is really getting under my skin that a lot of these blog posts and lists are encouraging people to just throw it all out. Nooooo! Remember the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? It has never been more true than in today’s society.
With thrift store shopping being all the rage, people depend on finding unique items, designer clothes and other things to make their lives easier at hugely discounted prices. There is a place for most things to be reused and recycled in this over-polluted country. Municipalities all over this nation are all struggling with where to put the growing mounds of trash, so every little bit we can divert from the dump is helpful. I get so steamed when I see my neighbors putting nice furniture out on the curb along with the trash cans. We have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore less than 2 miles away which would have jumped at the chance for these free items to help the less fortunate. But instead, I watch them get crunched down by the metal jaws of the compactor on the trash collection truck. So sad! I have been known to trash pick on occasion; ok on a lot of occasions, and if I can’t use the item, I put it in my garage for when I call the local Vietnam Vets or another charity to pick up my cast offs.
So, please – yes, go ahead and clean out, purge and free yourself from all the stuff, but also, please pick up the phone and call your local donation centers, churches or homeless shelters and give them a chance to get it into someone’s hands who needs it. Of course, you won’t want to donate your old make up or broken vanity mirror, but use your discretion when making the decision to donate or toss.
Here are my favorite places to donate your used items to.
- For gently used women’s clothing, I love Dress for Success which donates dress and business clothing to low-income, unemployed women. View their drop off locations in each metro area: https://www.dressforsuccess.org/
- The Vietnam Vets of America come regularly through my neighborhood. They have a convenient online scheduling center where you can schedule a pick up: http://scheduleapickup.com/
- Finally, for larger items, I love using the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. http://www.habitat.org/restores They use some of the items to furnish the homes they build for the underprivileged and also, sell many quality items in their stores at a deep discount.
I am the queen of upcycling, so if you have a question on what to do with something, please comment below and I’m happy to help!