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Spring Cleaning or Purging

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..I’ve recently found a local Buy Nothing Facebook group. The concept is to ask and give things for free. Their mission is:

We offer people a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people who are real-life neighbors.

Our local administrator is consistently prompting people to ask for things their would otherwise buy that week. And many, mostly women, post their home purges.

I love the concept and have used it myself several time recently to get rid of things. When you don’t want to take the time to try to sell or donate things, it’s a great alternative.

One of the things I’m doing this month as one of my “to dos” is going room to room to purge things we don’t need AND decorate a bit. I’m not decorating as in buying things, but rather finding a place for things and making it look more organized and presentable around here.

As much as the rooms and occupants have moved around in this home, it’s become a bit of a modge podge. I’m going to create order and even a since of normalcy…

And I’m going to use the Buy Nothing group to deal with the purge! Anyone else getting the spring cleaning itch and starting to clean out closets and drawers?

Not a Heavy Lift to Help Others

One other thing I like about the group is that they are always soliciting help for people in need. And frankly, having a large community of people pitching in makes it a light lift to help a lot of people without being burdened. There are often grocery bags to fill or clothing needs.

Do you have a Buy Nothing group in your area? Or something similar service to help others AND facilitate giving and receiving needed items?


4 Comments

  • Reply jj |

    I have a Bidding Wars group – not free, but a LOT of stuff at much lower prices. I have updated my wardrobe lately with quite a few pieces from there – but a lot of folks use it to purge and make a little bit extra.

    • Reply Hope |

      Gymnast has been selling his “no longer want it” clothes on a couple of sites to make some fun/clothes money. He’s also selling them to his local friends via social media.

  • Reply Mika |

    Buy Nothing groups are great! I love my local one. On a selfish level, it’s an incredibly easy way to spring clean, since you can just put items on your front porch after posting about them, instead of driving to Good Will On an environmental level, I love that it reduces waste since someone is reusing my stuff. And on a community level, it feels great to help out when for example someone posts about a family in need and you can be part of a group that gets them the things they need.

So, what do you think ?