One of the tasks Gerred and I took on our stay during Winter Break was de-cluttering and organizing both Gerred and his brother Gerome's room. We found lots of interesting clothes, magazines, photos, and memorabilia from his past that got us all talking through the whole process.
Both guys went through their clothes (they have a lot) that dates from middle school to the end of high school. Gerred had a collection of both band t-shirts and marching band shirts. A majority of it all was black (he went through a stage) and was promptly put into the donate pile.
The next task was to tackle the dresser. Gerome was moving to a new apartment and needed the dresser so we went through years and years of stuff.
Look at the Crown. He was Homecoming King! Anyways after hours of hard work (ok Gerred's hard work while Gerome and I just chatted) it went from this...
...To this. Not even sure how that happened.
But we were left with so much stuff. We decided to keep the cool stuff (Nitendo 64 and Lord of the Rings Mugs) and brought it back with us to Annapolis. As for the other stuff, clothes were donated to the American Rescue Shelter and technology was traded and sold.
Gerred is selling his Gameboy and all it's accessories on Amazon. The broken Game Cube and a few Playstation games were sent into Gazelle. Then all his CDs were brought to Hastings to be traded in for a $30 gift card which was used to buy Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1 and Part 2. Both have since been sold back for a different assortment of games.
The cool thing though is that, I'm trying to do the same at home for Spring Cleaning. I try to go through my closet and check what I didn't wear at college. So here are a few things to do with the stuff you don't know what to do with.
I've traded in my old laptop that barely worked as well as two old iPhones that were screwy and got over $100. Remember broken things can be recycled to the right place for a good price.
I need to find a place like this in Maryland. They pay you for used books, games, movies, and CDs.
Go to a used book store in your area and give them the weird fantasy books you read when you were thirteen. You can either trade them in for better books or get money for them.
I've yet to go here but basically you trade in brand name clothing and get cashola.
Textbooks and stuff
What warms your heart
Whether you plan on donating or making a profit off the old things that have been gathering dust in your room. Having a new organized room and feeling good for helping someone else out is the best thing in the world.