One of the most common complaints I hear when people have to start the packing process before moving is "I have so much STUFF". I think that we all have a tendency to accumulate things/stuff/junk in our homes.
If you are one of those people that never keeps something just in case, then this is not for you.
For the rest of us, getting rid of things can be a chore. Fortunately, there are a couple of really easy ways to dispose of items you no longer want, and certainly don't want to move, that could be useful to someone else.
The pickupplease website allows you to schedule a free pickup of unwanted household goods, clothing, small appliances and small furniture. It's easy, easy, easy to just go to the site, provide your address and choose from several different available dates throughout the month.
I used them recently and loaded up my front porch with bags of clothes that no longer fit (don't ask), a box full of coffee cups (I have no idea where they all came from), an old end table and a box filled with what appeared to be every curtain that has ever hung in my home at one time or another. When I got back home, all of the items were gone and they left behind a handy door hanger receipt for tax purposes. You can't get much better than that!
The bonus is that donations are used to support local, state and national programs for Vietnam Veterans of America. Visit pickupplease.org
Freecycle is a community group that posts items they are offering for free or allows folks to request items they are in need of. You'll have to create an account with them, but once that's done, you can post your discards on the site for pickup by anyone in need.
I've used this site as well, getting rid of shoes that I don't wear anymore by giving them to a member of the Krewe of Muses who is busily gluing, glittering and otherwise embellishing shoes for the next parade.
If you know of any other local businesses accepting donations that we can support or get the word out for, please leave their information in the comments below.
Originally published at West Bank Living, your source for all things NOLA