Spring Cleaning: Where to get rid of your stuff
A short list of local places to get rid of everything from books to hazardous waste.
It's that time of year again - time to open up the windows and go into your closets, sheds, garages and drawers and get rid of things you no longer want or need. The first step is sorting everything out. The second is figuring out where you can get rid of all those things. There are a lot of different donation/disposal options here in the Upper Valley. This is by no means a comprehensive list. I invite you to add more in the comments.
Clothes: Listen Center
CDs/DVDs: Newbury Comics in the Kmart Plaza will go through your collection and give you money for what they can resell.
Electronics: Systems Plus is having a recycling event April 19th - April 22nd. Recycling drop-off will be during business hours (Mon-Fri 8:30-5pm and Sat 10am-4pm). Items that have fees include Tube TVs and Monitors at $10 each. Laser printers up to 40 pounds are $5.00 each. All other computer equipment is free. There will also be recycling staff on hand during the drop-off process and can assist with questions/pricing/unloading.
Furniture: Listen Center -
To schedule a furniture donation pick-up, call 802-280-4133.
Hazardous Waste: Some items are accepted at the Lebanon Solid Waste Facility every day: Anti-freeze, Batteries, Fire Extinguishers, Fluorescent Light Bulbs, Mercury-containing devices such as Thermostats and Thermometers, and Used Oil
Other items are only accepted on Hazardous Waste Collection Days (see the flyer below).
2017 Hazardous Waste Collection Dates and Information
Household Goods - Listen Center
Medicine: Unused medicine can be dropped off at the Lebanon Police Department Pharmaceutical Drop Box.
Other Waste: Here is a comprehensive list of items the Lebanon Solid Waste facility accepts.
Other options: I've had incredible success just offering things to my friends on Facebook. The phrase "Free to a good home" works magic. There's always e-Bay or Craig's List, but I've found that just giving things away is faster, less stressful, and ultimately more worth it.
If the idea of getting rid of things is appealing, but you're just not feeling motivated to actually do it, why not challenge someone (or yourself) to a donation game? Here are a couple I've heard of:
- The Minimalism Game - Over a month, "get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on." Ultimately you get rid of almost 500 things!
- The 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge - Declutter one area a day for 40 days
- Project 333 - Live with only 33 items of clothing for 3 months.