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April 24, 20050 found this helpful
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FlyLady is great. Also, we live in a location where we have to evacuate periodically for hurricanes. Seeing a Category 5 storm headed toward your house helps you realize what is important and what is not. Would you be heartbroken if a particular item was lost to a natural or other type of disaster? If your entire house were gone, what would you really miss or want to replace? If you only had 12 hours to pack up and leave, would you be able to find the things that are most important to you? I went through my entire house and asked myself those questions about everything. That helped me throw out, give away, sell, donate or recycle a lot of excess stuff. It is a great relief to have space to breathe!

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May 9, 20080 found this helpful
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Log into Yahoo.com and search for FreeCycle groups within your state and in your county/area. I believe every state and a lot of countries are represented on this site. FreeCycle is an international group created to keep things out of landfills and to promote a healthier environment. Members on this site do not throw away anything. Nothing is sold or traded, strictly give away.

They recommend that you start the group with an offer. I have seen EVERYTHING on this site: books & magazines, movies & music, furniture, clothing, toys, appliances, food, and even automobiles. I have also seen, offered and received things like empty kitty litter buckets, butter tubs, coupons, empty wine bottles & corks, plants & seeds, used lumber, countertops, sinks. You name it, you can either find it or give it away on these sites.

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Before I purchase most things, I will place a WANTED on this site first. Hey if someone has it sitting around collecting dust, I can give it a new home. I save money (which us thrifty people love), save the environment by keeping something from a landfill and from the pollutants created by the manufacture of a new item, and I help the giver declutter.

Some area groups have rules against offering or requesting pets, but we have been able to give (2) wonderful kittens a new home. On 11-18-06, we received our first one and on 11-18-2007, we received our second one. This website is wonderful!

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April 23, 20050 found this helpful

To reduce clutter, I have made it a habit to give away or throw away at least one item every day!

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April 23, 20050 found this helpful

Check out http://www.FlyLady.net - she is the best clutter buster and organising helper I've found. As she says - "you can do anything for 15 minutes" - and it really gets through the clutter and the chores.

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April 26, 20050 found this helpful

It's so hard for me to give away something that I have paid good money for, so I put a basket in my closet. When I try on something that doesn't fit right, feel right or look good, I put it in the basket. When the basket is full, I take the items to our local Hospice Thrift Shop, the Hope Chest.

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August 16, 20050 found this helpful

I buy clothes baskets at Wal-Mart for 97 cents each to hold socks and baby toys.

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