If you have every moved—and who hasn’t—you inevitably needed to do an inventory of what was going with you and what wasn’t. In many cases you probably come across some unusual items or large items that you’re not quite sure how to process.

Here are some recycling tips and disposal advice that may help:

  • For items that are still in good shape, consider donating them to a charity like the Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity Restores. This could include kitchen appliances, clothes, furniture, bicycles, garden tools, etc. In some cases, the charity may be able to come pick the items up.
  • Can the materials you don’t want anymore be repurposed into something else? Check the DIY Network or sites like Pinterest for crafty ideas on how to make unique new things out of basic old things.
  • Have a yard sale. The old expression, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is certainly true, especially if that treasure can be picked up for a bargain. It takes a little work, but you’d be surprised how much money you might make.
  • Sell items on eBay. For items that have value but are just collecting dust on your shelves, put them up for auction. You can set a minimum price or just list the items and see what happens. eBay doesn’t collect any money unless you actually sell something and they price they charge is minimal.
  • List items on Craigslist. You can offer items for free with the understanding that whoever wants it needs to come get it.

The bottom line is to keep as much out of landfills as possible. With a little effort, you can make a big difference (and maybe even a little cash).