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Clearing Clutter

Martha Stewart Living, April 2006

Give your home a refreshing sense of order by clearing out clutter. Organize a tag sale (check with local authorities about regulations), or sell things in an online auction. Consignment stores, which often specialize in specific merchandise (such as vintage furniture), will sell items for a commission and a fee. If you're getting rid of books, apparel, or furniture -- and you itemize your tax deductions -- you might do best financially by donating items.

 

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  • studentoflife 28 Jan, 2009

    freecycle.org not freecycle.com

  • emilylambert 6 Jan, 2009

    Freecycle is fantastic. Freecycle.com has a search page for finding your local group. I also donate to Goodwill, which provides an itemized receipt that makes itemizing for taxes a snap.

  • ljpb 5 Jan, 2009

    We are looking for an organization to donate/recycle our old film and/or digital cameras. Does anyone have any information on organizations who would welcome such donations?

  • jurziegurl48 1 Jan, 2009

    Freecycle has changed my life! I offer items and then when they are not spoken for, I donate to the Habitat for Humanity Yard Sale that my wonderful niece and her boyfriend host at their home. I never feel like I've wasted any of my items...feels great to bless someone else with what I no longer need. :)

  • clairdouglass 1 Jan, 2009

    You can also google search and see if you have a Freecycle group in your area. This is a GREAT way to recycle things you no longer need. In the Chicago area, The Cancer Federation will pick up at your door.

  • Marycassells 1 Jan, 2009

    In Canada, the Canadian Diabetes Association will accept unwanted items. This is part of their fund raising program. Give them a call and pack the items in a box marked "D".

  • pinkteamer 27 Apr, 2008

    No, it is NOT illegal to upload your own cds. It IS illegal to "share" them on the internet (remember Napster?) or to play the music in your place of business without paying royalties, but you are free to change the format for music that will be used for your personal enjoyment. This is unrelated to the secondary market sale of the original cds.

  • wmagick 11 Apr, 2008

    If you purchased the cd's, why would it be illegal to digitize them to listen to on your pc, mp3, or ebook? You still purchased them, it should be your choice how you utilize them.

  • wmagick 11 Apr, 2008

    If you purchased the cd's, why would it be illegal to digitize them to listen to on your pc, mp3, or ebook? You still purchased them, it should be your choice how you utilize them.

  • tss 17 Jan, 2008

    Who hasn't ever recorded something they were not supposed to?

  • Sophie 16 Jan, 2008

    Just so everyone knows, it is ILLEGAL to take your music off of your cd's and save it digitally and then get rid of the cd's.

  • andrew1041 16 Jan, 2008

    Cannot find the cd to mp3 section.