I was happy to hear of a grassroots movement started by a Rochester area man called Give Your Stuff Away Day. Mike Morone of North Chili has designated Saturday May 15 for that day. I probably only live a couple of miles from Morone so I’m amazed I’ve never heard of his efforts. Morone is hoping that people take the time to go through their belongings and set any items they don’t want at the curb on that weekend for others to take.
My friend Lori has been decluttering her house for a while in preparation for putting it on the market. She knows that if she sets things at the curb it is usually only a matter of a couple of hours before the still useful items find a new home. Of course how fast things move depend upon your location and the desirability of items left there. Usually after a garage sale I have items I just want to get rid of so I’ll put them near the street in the hopes that someone stops and takes them.
I think Morone has a great idea. He’s been successful enough in his efforts to get the Governor of Connecticut to proclaim May 15 as Give Your Stuff Away Day. He also has a Facebook page. Morone has posted guidelines on his website for types of items to not put at the curb (you should also check with your local municipality to see what can’t be left at the curb). He has suggestions on what to do with the items that are still there at the end of the day (Craigslist, Freecycle) . This is an easy, low stress, low effort way to declutter.
That Saturday might be a great day to drive around town if you’re in the market for some items. You might even find some things you can turn around and sell. Seriously consider participating if you have been wanting to get rid of stuff. Help promote his effort by Tweeting about it or posting a link on Facebook. Help make a difference!