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Save for Reuse vs. Recycle/Discard?

post #1 of 7
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Am I the only one who has trouble with this? DH says I'm just a packrat, but I struggle with getting rid of a "perfectly good ______ ". We try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, so I always look for a way to reuse something before I get rid of it, but often I end up saving the item -- which then adds to our "stuff". We are also trying to reduce the amount of "stuff" we have, so I seem to be in a never-ending circle here

I use Freecycle a lot, but some things just aren't Freecycle-able. Any thoughts?
post #2 of 7
I have the same problem. I resuse all things I can that make sense to save, other things I just recycle. I don't toss out anything that can be reused by us or someone else or anything that can be recycled. If it's really at the point that it's unusuable by anyone I do toss it.
post #3 of 7
I'm in the same boat - no help, but at least you're not alone. I am trying to make sure Every Thing Has A Place, so even when I do save stuff for reuse I'm trying to make sure it's categorized and has a permanent storage area. I have smallish covered plastic boxes for art/craft type stuff and larger plastic storage bins for bigger stuff. My biggest challenge is getting stuff INTO the right bins when I've decided to save it, but in my defense it's tricky doing anything involving organizing with one toddler attached to each leg.
post #4 of 7
Oh my. In my book that way madness lies, calling something "perfectly good", because almost always that phrase is followed by "Well no I don't need it *right now* -- but I might someday . . . " and I find that someday rarely comes. But I HATE feeling pack-ratty so I do get rid of it, by whatever method I need to (including donation to thrift or Freecycle). I just can't spare the chi to be the storage unit for the eventual person who might eventually need that "perfectly good" thing. That's just me though.
post #5 of 7
It depends on what you're talking about. We used to have major yogurt container build-up! The recycling here didn't take them and it felt wrong to throw them out. Finally I decided my sanity was worth tossing them even though it felt wrong. But our Sciencenter takes them for the kids to do art projects with so now I can get them out of the house and still know they will be reused. So I guess my point is that some things which can't be freecycled might be able to go somewhere else.

The question then is, where do you store this stuff until you have enough to make it worth the run to the place you're giving it to?
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by cielle
...The question then is, where do you store this stuff until you have enough to make it worth the run to the place you're giving it to?
That's a very good question! And part of my dilemma it seems
post #7 of 7
Yes, I have that same problem. We live in a tiny tiny mobile home, and My dh and I both can't seem to get rid of stuff. I am struggling with this majorly right now, my house is a disaster.
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