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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:05 am 
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What happens to the "stuff" when we purge the clutter from our homes?
I am deep in the throes of this dilemma, as I have 2 rooms full of accumulated "stuff" and great need for space.
Everyone in my family tells me to just "bite the bullet" and get rid of it (ie trash it).
I just cannot do it. I find myself wading through it trying to find a place for it to go..donate, recycle, etc.
It is very time consuming, not just in sorting it, but finding a place for it to go besides a trash can.
So many websites that I have looked at say.."just realize this is a one time trash it and send it to the landfill, vowing not to buy anything again that cannot be used up or recycled.
I can do the vow..I just am having a very hard time with the "one time trash it".
What do you do?
Here is one example:
What do you do with old shoes that cannot be donated because they are very worn? I have seen Soles4Souls and Share Our Shoes but they do not recycle shoes. Nike, who will take old shoes and recycle them into something different, does not have a drop off box in all of North Carolina.
I need help! I have no love for this stuff and am not in the least attached to it, I just don't want to send it to be the environment's problem...(like the photo above portrays).

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:40 pm 
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I have the same problem. I just don't like to send things to the dump that could be recycled into something else. We have some pretty good recycling programs here, so we send more things to them then we do the landfills.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:21 pm 
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I have been hunting down what to do with "stuff" that I don't want to land in the landfill, when I clean out my mess.
Here is one from Nike.. http://www.nikereuseashoe.com/
I also heard of this one... http://recork.org/ (Whole Foods also collects corks in their stores.)
Have you got any ideas or links to share?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:56 pm 
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I don't like throwing things out either as there are always great causes to donate it to. In the midst of deciding what to keep and donate, I am always looking for ways to reorganize my closet! What have you guys done to create more space? Anyone have a washer and dryer in their closet? If so, I would love to know how that works for you. I have really been considering this because it just seems to make sense since that is where all the clothes are. With that said, in my mind reorganization and installing a washer and dryer seem pretty simple, but I know that I will need help. Can anyone recommend a Dallas handyman?


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