Freecycle

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.

4 Comments for “Freecycle”

  1. posted by carolina on

    Right on! I love Freecycle, it helps me rid of unnecessary items and give back to the community. I also came across this site http://www.gigoit.org/ via treehugger.com

  2. posted by Jeri Dansky on

    I’ve also found Freecycle to be a wonderful resource for getting rid of things that just don’t seem like thrift store donations. I’ve used Freecycle to find new homes for two books of fabric samples, a set of motivational tapes (with two missing), a pin-the-tail-on-Michelangelo’s-David poster/game, an airplane-shaped alarm clock (battery-operated, too noisy for my guest room, but perfect for someone else’s airplane-themed bathroom) – and much more, for both myself and my clients.

  3. posted by PeaceLove on

    Craigslist.org also has a whole free section where you can list the stuff you want to give away.

  4. posted by Gigoit Fan on

    Gigoit is awesome! We just need to get more people using it. If you have tried Freecycle I am sure you will love Gigoit!

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