April 19, 2011

Give Your Stuff Away Day

"Pleasure is spread through the earth in stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find." - William Wordsworth

Let's face it - most of us have piles of stuff driving us crazy. One way to organize the mess is to give it away. In the name of purging, generosity, efficiency, and environmentalism, Mike Morone proposed an International Give Your Stuff Away Day on May 14th, 2011. Having attended several excellent 'Reuse Fairs', I have seen how effective such efforts can be.

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You can give away some of that clutter in your home, garage, or yard by setting it at the curb on the 14th. You will be creating 'stray gifts' for others to use and enjoy. Free.

Go for a walk in your hood to see if you can find your own stray gifts. Better yet, organize a Neighbourhood Swap on this day. Or Free Sale. Reuse Fair. Or Stray Gift Event.

Be creative, have fun, give generously, get some things you need (control yourself or it defeats the whole purpose of purging), and help get all that stuff languishing and unwanted into circulation.

And all without the added hassle and concern over maximizing how much money you can get for your unwanted things. If you don't want an item, it essentially has no value to you anyway. We can give and receive free of the tyranny of the marketplace.

Get organized - give your unwanted stuff away. It's fun. It's liberating. It's happening May 14th.

1 comment:

  1. In Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN, we have been doing this for years! Clean-up Week in Moorhead is in the first week of May and I think the same happens in Fargo in June. I know so many people who find really interesting things that others leave behind...it's like a gigantic free market!

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