My personal Facebook status on Sunday night read, “Ever have so many things to do that the only thing you can do is nothing? Yup. Totally watching the Emmys, to be followed by some Jersey Housewives.” Last week was a crazy week and was followed by an equally crazy weekend. By the end of the night Sunday night, I sat down and indulged in some pretty bad television because I couldn’t face looking at my to-do list and realizing that I was at the point where I couldn’t focus on doing any of it.
As I watched the Jersey housewives once again attempt to rip each others heads off, my mind started to replay the events of the weekend – one of which was a visit to a friend’s house who had just cleared out her playroom, gotten rid of a ton of old toys that her kids didn’t play with, organized everything that remained and moved it down to her basement. Being extremely a little jealous of her and her very organized playroom, I began to have huge aspirations for what I could accomplish after my kids went back to school on Monday morning. To go along with my Sunday evening theme of getting nothing done, I quickly hopped on Twitter and tweeted
Luckily my husband was home today and I recruited him to assist in my efforts. As I was so wrapped up in my excitement of getting rid of all of the things my kids don’t play with anymore, I forgot to take pictures before, so these photos were shot about a quarter of the way through. All the moms (and some dads) out there can understand my excitement in purging after seeing these pics.
Yes, it got a little hairy during the process. Luckily, my husband and I agreed on what to get rid of and what to keep.
After 3 hours, 7 trashbags filled with donations and 2 trashbags filled with toys that were broken/didn’t have all of their parts, etc., we wound up with a very organized and clean playroom,
an empty storage bench,
and a desk that is perfect for third grade homework-
I felt so inspired that I started to mentally make a list of all of the other projects I wanted to tackle, but my kids were coming home from school and I decided to bask in the glory of what we had accomplished today.
If you are feeling like you want to clear out, there are many things that you can do with items that you no longer want or need.
- Join a local Freecycle group and post the items you are looking to unload. You know what they say – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Freecycle is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers and membership is free. You can find a local group by visiting Freecycle.org and searching your own zip code.
- The Kids Kloset Consignment Sale comes to both Nassau and Suffolk counties right here on Long Island twice during the year. You can register online to consign your own items, log them into the system, print your tags, attach and drop off for sale. For the items that sell, you’ll receive a percentage of the price with no requirement to be present during the sale. For those items that don’t sell, you can choose to have them returned to you or donated. If you aren’t local, find a kids consignment sale in your own area.
- You can always donate your gently used clothing, toys and more to many participating organizations on Long Island. Some organizations such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters and The Lupus Foundation will schedule appointments and pick up your donations. You’ll also get a receipt for those items donated to qualifying non-profit organizations and use them as a write-off when tax time comes around.
- Sell your gently used items on eBay. Thousands of people sell things every day on eBay, and some people have actually turned it into a very lucrative business. If you have things that are still in great condition, or almost new, take some great photos and list them. Just make sure that you are realistic in what items you can ship and list the appropriate shipping charges.
What do you do with all of the things your kids outgrow? Where are your favorite places to donate? Let us know in the comments-