Thursday, October 20, 2011


Yesterday I wrote a blog about Spring Cleaning and Decluttering. I got some great suggestions as a result and two comments that both mentioned that it is good for your soul; which I absolutely agree with.

Lauren has been finding 15 things per week to sell or donate. Pauline has just finished tackling her pantry. Teena has sorted her daughter’s room and the hall cupboard. It seems that people have the decluttering “bug”.

Then last night my whole world changed! Kat mentioned that I take a look at Freecycle. Now I had heard of Freecycle before, but I had never really looked at it.

I went on and signed up immediately. Next to Pinterest this could be my next obsession! I have been a member for less than 24 hours and found homes for:

Two Queen sized duvet inners
A Metal filing tray
2 x books
62 empty DVD cases (from work)
Assorted Stationery “stuff”
Pet bowls, blankets and a basket
A stack of reusable shopping bags

I am completely addicted to it. The pile to list on Freecycle is growing and the pile to sell on Trade Me is decreasing. I have told my friends about it and phoned my husband twice; I do not think he gets why I am beyond excited. Raewyn and Pauline are both now fired up and excited about it as well.

Freecycle speaks to me because it is about community, about gifting items to other people in your community and ultimately reducing the amount of waste that goes into our landfills. This is why I totally support people going through inorganic collections on the side of the road. If someone can use something that others have thrown away then I support that 100%.

Their mission statement is simple “Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.

So, what are you waiting for; get decluttering and “Freecycling” people…you will be amazed at how good it makes you feel.


  1. I'm glad you're enjoying it. It can get hard, but I think it's absolutely worth it. I've only ever received one thing from freecycle - a giant stack of New Yorker magazines, but I've given away iPods, laptops, pedometers, juicers, sheets, plants, ladders, bags, crockery.... it's incredible to hear the stories of where your things are going, and what people plan to do with it. That's why I love it, knowing that the stuff I no longer find useful is going to be used and appreciated by someone who needs it.

  2. I can't believe you read my blog!! I was going to say in my Tweet "don't read this Kat". I just love it so much. One person is taking heaps from me to set up a home office. I love that people can actually use the things I no longer need. :) Once I clear the initial pile then I can start looking at what else can go.

  3. I've been freecycling stuff recently from work, fax machine. printer, couch, network stuff. Its ace!

  4. Hey Kerry! It is so cool and definitely ace. :)