One of the most innovative decluttering resources I’ve discovered in the last year is Freecycle. Freecycle is an online community that connects people wanting to get rid of goods with people who want to take possession of those goods. All of the goods are free, as the name suggests, and vary greatly in type.
Earlier in the week, my husband and I discovered that we had two shoe boxes full of computer cords stuffed in a corner of our office closet. Inside the box were 20 or more RCA, USB, and coaxial cables that we hadn’t used in years. Instead of throwing them in the trash, we posted them on Freecycle around lunchtime, immediately someone responded that they wanted them, and by 5:00 p.m. that same day the cords were out of our house.
We have seen bikes, holiday decorations, and Renaissance-era chainmaille up for grabs in our neighborhood. Usually, however, the items are more conventional and are similar to what people post on eBay, but with the exception that they don’t want money for the goods.
If you’re looking to get rid of clutter in your home, Freecycle might be one way to say goodbye to your stuff.