Any Unused Items Laying Around Your Home? Here's Mine

United States
January 18, 2009 8:38am CST
If I have to look at this "baby swing" and "bouncer" for one more whole month, I might end up eating every piece of meat in that freezer. Why? Because eating usually takes the edge off, it's takes my mind off things I rather not think about, then I'm fine again. My daughter is now almost 11 months young and she even trips over these items laying around the floor (which is really cute). The truth is, I think she's gonna tear the swing to pieces because she keeps pulling on the little fishes that goes "round and round." I'm gonna give it to someone whose in need of a swing and bouncer, because I don't want to throw it away. Well those are the two things laying around my home in the "UNUSE" mode. Is there things in your home,basement,garage or attic that no one uses u8anymore? If so, why is it still there? Whatta ya gonna do about it?
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
18 Jan 09
I'm just happy to see that the unused item laying around your home isn't your Husband! My Wife and I have very limited possessions because we move so much with my work. So based on this, we rarely have the chance to accumulate anything! It's good that you are looking to give the swing to someone who will appreciate it rather than just toss it. As they say, one person's trash is another one's treasure!
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• United States
18 Jan 09
I knew I was forgetting something. I forgot to mention my husband as an unused item. We haven't been talking for days. We are literally roommates (the kind that DON'T talk), but that's another discussion. But I'm the type of person who find ways to help others. Even if I don't have anything materialistic to give, there's always emotionally support. Which works pretty darn well. It just feels good to help if I can.
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@mentalward (14693)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Hello there, miracle! I was JUST talking about you in another post this morning!!! I've been worried about you! Is everything okay? Send me a PM if you want/need to talk, okay? Anyway, I just took a trip to our local Goodwill store yesterday, my SUV literally packed full of goodies for them! I've been cleaning, going through more of the boxes I got from my mother when she passed away (whew, she had stuff!!!), and I accumulated quite a large pile of stuff! It took 3 of their large bins on wheels to put all this stuff in! I also have a ton more to go through! Right now, our hallway is home to a row of boxes that I've been filling up with more stuff for the Goodwill store. I might have to do this at least 3 or 4 more times before we're finally uncluttered. One last thing after all this is the ATV my husband bought me one day when he lost his mind. I'm trying to sell that now. Not a great time of year to try to sell it, I know! Especially when we're sitting here freezing our tushes off! But, it's for sale, whenever it sells. I hope it sells soon because it's taking up space in our garage and we can't get either of our vehicles in there! Let's see... anything else? Nope, that about covers it. I've gotten rid of a LOT of stuff and there's still a lot of stuff to get rid of! Hey! Do you have any consignment-type shops near you? You know the kind that sell things for you for a commission? If not, I hope you find someone who can really use those baby items. When my kids outgrew their things, I had no trouble finding people who were willing to 'take them off my hands' for free. LOL Take care of yourself, okay? Maybe the moon is in conjunction with Pluto and out of alignment with the Andromeda Constellation or something, but my hubby and I are having our own problems here. Bad time for marriage, maybe? Take care!
• United States
18 Jan 09
Hey mentalward! I miss you girl! But I'm still holding things up around here. My husband is still NOT my husband, we haven't talked in days. Well maybe 2 or 3 words that has absolutely nothing to do with anything (NOT RELEVANT). Like you said "the moon is in conjunction with Pluto and out of alignment with the Andromeda Constellation or something" BINGO! That may be it. But we're strong women mentalward, we can get through anything, even if we have NO clue how.
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@mentalward (14693)
• United States
18 Jan 09
You've got that right, girl! I've gone through the majority of my life on a wing and a prayer! LOL So far, I've done okay. I know you will, too. Oh, I read your comments about not wanting to donate to Goodwill and that's all fine and dandy. I had to because the things I had to donate I couldn't imagine my neighbors wanting... friends, either. It was stuff like hanging file folders, old Christmas decorations, stuff like that. If it had been anything major, I'd certainly ask around to see if any of our neighbors wanted it or if they knew of someone. If I had baby items, I'd ask around, then see if any churches in the area would want them to give to someone in need. You might try that, too.
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• United States
18 Jan 09
You're right, I can't imagine who would want those types of items either. Girl I know you have a good heart and you made the right decision for donating to Goodwill. Everyone's situation is different and like you said, I can't think of many people who would want things like Christmas items and files. I would be forever looking for people to take them off my hands. It's better Goodwill than the garbage barrel. I don't even know what Goodwill do with the money they make. I might find out. It could be for a good cause.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
18 Jan 09
Well mother LOL,(you sound like one) I spend an awful lot of time thinking about what to do with all of my excess junk. I want to have a garage sale, but that is impossible where I live. There are also a few things that I would love to give away, but have yet to find someone to give it to. I do not like to donate things to the Goodwill and such, because then they sell it. But since I am moving soon, I may be forced to donate a lot of these things. I will almost kill me to have to throw away perfectly good items.
• United States
18 Jan 09
I feel ya Rozie37. I just said that in a previous comment. I don't donate anything to the Goodwill or Salvation Army either because the purpose for me to donate is so that the person I'm giving it to "wouldn't have to pay for it." And it wouldn't be free for anyone once Goodwill or Salvation Army put a price tag on it.
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
18 Jan 09
I believe that I am going to look them up and see what the money that they get goes for. If they use it for a good cause, then I guess it is not so bad. Like if they us it to feed the hungry or something.
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• United States
18 Jan 09
Good idea. It really does depends on what it's used for. Smart thought.
@conbill (369)
• United States
18 Jan 09
I no longer have too many unused items laying around. I joined the local freecycle in my area. I list items I no longer need and there is usually someone who sends a reply back and comes and gets it. I also donate unused items to a couple of churches to use in their rummage sale. Our local amvets also pick up every few months. I used to be a real packrat, but then I realized I could give these things away to people that needed them instead of them sitting around collecting dust.
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• United States
18 Jan 09
Woe! Good for you. You already have it all taken care of huh? I think I might donate my things to a church also.
@conbill (369)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I like the fact that the churches I give to use the money they make on rummage sales to help keep their food pantry going. Also if you give them something that they know someone can really use they will give it to that person free of charge. Goodwill and Salvation Army in my community are also good organizations. They charge for what they sell but Goodwill uses the money they make to pay its employees who are usually disabled in some way. The Salvation Army around here helps people keep their gas on in the winter, runs a free soup kitchen, and gives the homeless shelter from the cold so I feel the money they make selling items is going to a good cause.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
18 Jan 09
My son has a walk-in closet and I have stored the kids' old baby crib in there. I have gotten rid of all the other baby furniture and this is the one remaining thing that I've saved. I think I'll keep it for grandkids someday.
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• United States
19 Jan 09
That's good at least you'll already have one for your grandkids huh? Good thinking.
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• United States
18 Jan 09
well - being the ultimate "pack rat" i do have lots of stuff laying around that i probably bought planning to reuse or recycle or repurpose... since i am now in the process of a "pre-move" (my son got into trouble again and is likely not to need a permanent room in my house)...so in working on consolidating his things for when he needs his things for his own apartment or house, i'm also consolidating my own things, as i will finally be co-habitating with my boyfriend. since i only use my laptop at home now, i am going to re-configure my desktop for use at the office, and taking all my office supplies over there, too. i've just finished going through all of the Christmas items that i didn't use this year, and donated a lot of them to the local thrift store/food pantry. i'm also getting the decor that don't absolutely love ready to be donated or "ebayed", too. although it's been unseasonably warm, i think it is too early to try and plan a yard sale...but i may attempt one as an "indoor" option at my neighbor's suggestion.
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• United States
19 Jan 09
That's good you have a plan for what to do with everything. Luckily I don't have but a couple of things to deal with. Thanks.
@ellie333 (21018)
18 Jan 09
Hi Miraclefreebies, Well yesterday and today I have been going through the house and so far have bagged up four bags of stuff for the charity shop, mainly childrens clothes that my son has grown out of and toys he no longer plays with, with his persmission of course. I am sure there is still a lot more laying around but I am going through a cupboard at a time and need to wash a set of curtains and bedding before that goes and test a couple of battery operated ones before they do too ese they will go in the bin if not working. I am sick of seeing the four bags in the corner of the room already and they are being collected on Tuesday but when I sort out I want it gone immediately usually. Larger items I will post on Freecycle, bits of furniture or garden toys. Hope the baby swing finds a deserving home. Huggles. Ellie :D
• United States
18 Jan 09
I'm glad you're finally getting rid of the four bags in the corner. It may in the corner but it's still annoying to have to see it sitting there all the time knowing it has no purpose other than sitting there. I'm checking out freecycle myself, maybe tomorrow. Good luck on getting rid of your larger stuff.
@hotsummer (10801)
• Guam
18 Jan 09
well there is a lot of thrash at home. i don't think any one will like to have that if i will give it away. so i may just end up throwing them than force any one i know in getting or accepting it from me. anyways, i don't have any thing that has any worth. mostly they are just some items that are just too cheap for any one to afford to buy themselves.
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• United States
18 Jan 09
I feel ya hotsummer. I wouldn't want to give away ANYTHING to people. I just give away what I think would be useful to someone.
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@singlemommy (2955)
• United States
18 Jan 09
I need to go through my closet and get all the clothes out that me and my children no longer wear. When I get around to it I will probably donate them to the local Goodwill.
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• United States
18 Jan 09
My husband gave our daughter's old clothes to somebody I guess. I don't see them anymore.
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• India
18 Jan 09
There are plenty of unused items lying in my house. They gt stowed away in some corner and never get thrown out. Well i do not resort to wild eating like you. i just let it ly there and ignore it's presence. Muy wife has a habit of putting it away in the garage where it remains out of site.
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• United States
18 Jan 09
I love to eat anyway, so I'm gonna eat regardless. The "eating all the meat" part was some sort of a joke to make myself laugh to start my day off right.
@jpso138 (7860)
• Philippines
19 Jan 09
There are a lot of unused items lying around in our house. From toys to clothes. I wish I had the time to sort them out and disposed them. I will definitely schedule a time for this. I am also planning to donate some to those who will be needing it.
• United States
19 Jan 09
That's what I try to do every chance I get because I know that other people are in need of the things I have.
@jpso138 (7860)
• Philippines
19 Jan 09
Yes miraclefreebies, it would be a great thing to do such things. I am sure that there are a lot of people who will find these unused items very useful. I will certanly do this later on. Best to you!
• United States
19 Jan 09
My George Foreman Grill, my exercise bike, my kareoke machine, my keyboard piano, my PS1 (the original Playstation), some of my DVDs, some of my CDs, my record player (it needs a new needle), and my twin bed sheets (sadly, I never change that bed, because I never sleep in that bed).
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• United States
19 Jan 09
Wow you have a list there. What are you gonna do with it?
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• United States
20 Jan 09
I am saving most of this stuff for when I move out. Yes, one of these days, I am going to move out of my mother's house.
• United States
19 Jan 09
A great place to post these items, if you can't find anyone who needs it in your family or immediate circle of friends, is FreeCycle. This is a group that most cities and neighborhoods have online, to trade and get rid of things they no longer need or want. You just go on there, post what you have, and wait for someone to contact you about it. I found this site a couple years ago, and absolutely love it. Right now I don't have anything that I am not using at present, but I should go look on there to see if there is anything that I want or need....maybe its time to go through the kids clothes again to see what they can't wear lol. Anyway, just do a yahoo search on FreeCycle. Most of them keep their forums through yahoo groups, so it will be easier to do a search there.
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• United States
19 Jan 09
Thanks I'll try that. It may be easier that way cause they could come get it instead of me taking it somewhere. Thanks for the tip.
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• United States
19 Jan 09
Yeah, that is how they are basically set up. You give the information, and if someone wants what you have to offer, they come and pick it up.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
19 Jan 09
Oooohhhh yes, there are a lot of unused items laying on the floor. Around the house. Some are even at the store room, under the bed, chairs or at the corners of the house. Just about anywhere that has space. If only I own those things, I would give them to someone who needs them, throw them maybe or have a garage sale. But the problem is, their not mine. I have told my brothers and sister to dispose their "garbage" but everyone is lazy organizing their things. Even my dad. He always puts sentimental value on everything he buys and doesn't want to throw them though some are already destroyed and unused for years. But in my own place, I don't keep things that I don't use anymore. Every year I organize my stuffs and dispose items that has been kept for a long time. Ciao!
• United States
19 Jan 09
i usually get rid of things i figure out i wont use anymore but i do have a desk and chair that is bugging me but its going to go to my best friend but no way of getting it there so i am ignoring it.. trying to at least
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• United States
19 Jan 09
At least you have someone to give to, it'll keep you from having to throw it away.
• Indonesia
19 Jan 09
arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...dont ask me bout it !!! there are tooooooooooooooooooo many of unuse stuff inside my house !!! why it still there ? BECAUSE dad dont wanna get rid of itttt..eventhough none of us will gonna use it again, not now or later..thats why my house seems small, because we have less space inside..there r tooooooooooooo many unuse stuffs hiks..i wish i can clean it up, but i couldnt lol not without dad's permittion =p
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• United States
19 Jan 09
That's why I rather get rid of things we're not using now or later cause it makes the house looks small, and I love my space.
• United States
19 Jan 09
I recently started working parttime 8 hours per week at a non profit thrift store. American Rescue Workers or ARW here in Canton Pa. So As I or hubby comes across an item we no longer use, need or want I wash it up and take it to work with me the next time. that way I am donating it to a good cause and someone in need of that item can purchase it inexpensively and help a great cause. So next time you are sorting check your area for thrift stores or clothing centers or even pregnancy centers in your area. Thrift stores are one of the best ways to recycle. So pass on your unwanted items. And in the mean time it will help you clean up your clutter, and you will have to dust and wash less.:0)
• United States
19 Jan 09
We have a thrift store in less than a mile away. We usually buy a lot of clothes from there because it's cheap. I never thought about donating somethings there. Thanks for the tip.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I have a lot of stuff in the attic that is no longer used. Usually every year my husband and I have a garage sale to try to get rid of some of it. I know for certain, that I want to get rid of my wedding dress. I do not plan to get married again, and for it to have been worn only once, it is in perfect condition for someone else to use. I think I will try to sell it on ebay or craigslist. Whenever I go into the attic I run across something that I am sure someone else can use. There will definitely be a garage sale this spring.
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• United States
19 Jan 09
Ebay or Craigslist sounds like a good way to get rid of personal things. It should sell pretty fast. Good luck on that.
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I really do not have any unused items around my house. I constantly go through my things and get rid of the things we do not use or need.
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• United States
19 Jan 09
Smart thinking.
@seabeauty (1480)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Right now, we have a brand new box of a barbie horse with interchangeable heads that my daughter does not like. We got it from Secret Santa. I don't have the receipt to return it. I know a group of my neighbors chipped in to buy us some gifts but I don't know which one purchased the Barbie Horse. I was going to see if Walmart would take it back without a reciept. I am sure they sell it there. I don't know where it was purchased. Target won't take anything back without a reciept so I can't go there. When I go back to Walmart I am going to see if they sell that in their toy section, if they do they may just take it.
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• United States
19 Jan 09
I returned a few walmart items here but here we had to have receipts for everything. Good luck on returning it.