Clutter-busting strategy #9: Give away what no longer serves you.

Apartment emptying for my son who’s across the country goes faster when you offer up stuff for free.

Maybe your body has dropped or increased by a couple of sizes. Get rid of your fatty/thin clothes. Bring them to the Goodwill or Salvation Army. Most cities have numerous agencies that will come by and pick up your stuff if you call. And you can take a tax deduction for your contributions. Savers is a great place whose profits go to the Epilepsy Foundation. Big Brother/Big Sister does pick ups too. Dress for Success takes professional clothing so that economically challenged job seekers can present themselves looking great for job inteviews.

The problem is, what do you do when you’ve got to get rid of the stuff pronto as in 24 to 48 hours and you don’t have a car or truck to schlep things to the Goodwill, and all the local Boomerang thrift shops that require a 30 day lead time for a pick up?

You post “free” items on craigslist.org and watch your stuff fly away fast in the grateful arms of those who really need what you are offering. This is the situation I find myself in this week as I try to liquidate the contents of my son’s condo (he’s in LA, his condo is in Boston) in time for the real estate walk through tomorrow.

In addition to craigslist.org, Facebook Marketplace which you can access on your smart phone allows you to post items for sale. Even though posting is not a huge techno challenge, it still takes some practice before your facebook messenger starts pinging.

As the deadline for vacating the premises rapidly approaches with my for sale items unbought, I’ll be back on Facebook and craigslist today reposting them as give aways, only this time, unlike those who culled through the free kitchen items they could carry in shopping bags, the takers of the big stuff are going to need trucks and vans to haul their treasures away.

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