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What to Do with Your Unwanted Stuff: Freecycle

What to Do with Your Unwanted Stuff: Freecycle

There is nothing more calming to the soul than a home free of unwanted clutter: It refreshes our energy in the most profound way. But once weíve sorted through it all, what to do with the piles of unwanted stuff?

Here is a great idea, and one that is catching on like wildfire. Itís freecycling–a grassroots-local web-based concept that helps you give things away that you donít need to people who do. This keeps mountains of unwanted stuff out of the garbage heap and finds it a happy home instead. It saves everyone money, itís great for the environment, and it just makes good, plain sense. It all started in Tuscon, as a way to save the desert landscape from encroaching landfills and to promote waste reduction. Is your community ready to freecycle? It only takes about 10 minutes to start a group, or there may already be one in your area. To find out, see the organizationís Web site:

Freecycle Home Page.

Read more: Home, Household Hints, Reduce, Recycle & Reuse

By Cait Johnson, Assistant Producer, Care2 Healthy Living Channels.

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.


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2:35AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

When I lost my home in January 2012, after living there in September 1979. I donated items to the church, goodwill, salvation army, St Vincent de Paul, neighbors, friends, family members, catholic charities who provide the community in need of whatever they need. I now live in an apartment and have nothing but what I need, plus there is no place to store anything. I thank God for giving me the strength to accomplish what I was able to and help everyone and anyone that was in need.

2:00PM PST on Dec 22, 2012

We have a give-away blanket after ceremony at the Center for Peace. You bring what no longer serves you and pick up something you can use!
Works for me!

8:14PM PST on Dec 21, 2012

All goes to Goodwill or Salvation army!

3:45PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012


3:45PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012


8:44AM PDT on May 8, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

8:16AM PDT on May 7, 2012


2:12AM PDT on May 7, 2012

thanks for sharing

11:40AM PDT on May 6, 2012

been using this for several years.

3:25PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Disregard Don M.'s ignorant and hateful comment about having "ex-cons and hillbilly dems show up on your doorstep." I've had nothing but positive experiences with lovely people giving and receiving items through FreeCycle in my area. If you have misgivings about inviting strangers to your home, use your common sense and arrange to meet them in a public place. Duh.

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