Joshua & Ryan talk about donating, selling, recycling, reusing, and trashing their excess stuff, and they answer the following questions:

How do I determine what items I should donate and what items I should sell? (0:28)

Will friends appreciate me gifting them my unwanted belongings, or will they be offended? (17:09)

What should I do with items that are missing pieces, e.g., board games, rather than just throwing them away? (26:10)

How do I determine what is the best use of my time and energy between recycling, selling, and trashing? (31:25)

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  1. Finding a place to donate that is dear to your heart helps alot. I have a place that helps animals with the proceeds from their thrift store. I also see the joy on the faces of people shopping in their store when they find a treasure. I figure that I will be blessed for helping others more than the cash I could have made from selling an item. After donating, I always leave their store with a happy heart and a sigh of relief that I let go of things! I actually find myself searching and looking around my home for things to donate, just to help others. Yes, I was an eBay/ Craigslist selling queen back when, but this feels soooo much better. No stress, just happiness!

  2. I also get stuck with this dilemma. So what has helped me to let it go is that I try to sell online stuff for about a month or 2 (depending on "value"). If I can't sell the item, then I donate to my local Buy Nothing Facebook group. If I still can't get rid of it then I will donate to a thrift store or Goodwill.

  3. Thank you for this episode. I recently donated a bunch of clothes, but kept one bag marked "sell". It has been sitting in my kitchen for probably a month now. I knew that I couldn't be bothered to actually make the commitment to sell the clothes so they just sat in my kitchen. You guys motivated me to donate it today. Also, how did I not know the show Barry exists?! You guys are the best. Thank you.

  4. I sell a ton on Facebook marketplace. I do "porch pick up" I leave the item out and ask that they leave the payment in my locked mailbox or under the mat. That way they can pick up at their convenience and if it's a no show I dont waste my time

  5. It bugs me Goodwill brags about giving jobs to the disabled while some of those paid employees are making under $1/hour. They can do this thanks to minimum wage exemptions.
    If an employee doesn't score as well on a regularly-given speed test, his or her hourly rate can drop. Employees have had to quit because they can't afford bus fare.
    I don't have a beef with nonprofit CEOs making a lot. I have a beef with cheating the most vulnerable in society.
    Consider donating to local charities instead instead of Goodwill.

  6. My local area in Ottawa, Canada has a Facebook group called Buy Nothing. You can post things that you are gifting or looking for, and people who will find value in your offering then respond, and you arrange for pickup/delivery. I’ve been a member for 1 week and have gifted 10 items already!

  7. Paralyzed. ..yes. I took a suv full to the flea market…sold a bunch, a lot left over. Not crap though, good antiques and vintage, but feeling blah about setting up a space to photograph and show. I know if I just donate the lot I'll feel sick to my stomach (how f*cking dumb, it's just stuff) but I also can't remember what all is in there after 3 weeks. ..

    But your $20 hr thought is a good idea. List 2 things good day ( rather $40 listed) and if you can sell half, that's $600 towards debt for the month.
    ….or am I just prolonging the inevitable? 😉 lol

  8. For clothes, there is a company called ThredUp. They will send you a bag to mail your clothes and depending on resellability they will credit you to purchase used clothes from them or send you a credit.

  9. People who work for non-profits are often expected to work for little or no pay, otherwise they aren't "committed enough" to the cause.

    If non-profits and charities are important enough to donate to, they are important enough that their employees deserve to get paid.

  10. When I cleaned out my "stuff" I piled everything up in a room and if I thought I could get some money from it, I listed it on eBay.  After 30 days, I had a yard sale for everything that was left.  Anything left after the yard sale was donated.  One thing that helped me learn the lesson of how much money I wasted on "stuff" was seeing just how little I was able to get reselling my things versus what I paid for them originally.  Just donating everything kind of rips off the bandaid, and for me, it was more of a learning experience to actually see the lost money when the items were sold.  My method helped me a ton with changing my spending habits and I don't think I would have driven the lost value home as well if I had just donated everything.  That's just me though and I encourage everyone to find the best way to part with the things you don't need in your own way that benefits you as much as it can benefit others.

  11. Selling something for 10 or 20 dollars often attracts new owners that are willing to take care of that thing and really see the value in it.

    If you are taking the time to put it online and get in contact with someone who takes interest in the item, the difference in effort between selling and donating is small. Even a symbolic 10 dollars for something worth a lot more, is likely to attract a respectful new owner.

  12. One app I’ve used to sell stuff recently (today, actually!) is OfferUp. Like Craigslist, they link you up with buyers in the area, but the users have profiles and all that. I don’t have any complaints after all of two days of use! 😂 But I think it’s a better option that Craigslist.

  13. The batteries commentary reminded me of another item that requires looking into: nail polish! Letting go of nail polish requires taking it to a waste management facility that deals with those particular chemicals. Worth looking up to keep it out of landfills 🙂

  14. 70 ties my man!? I mean OK I've bought plenty of scented candles abs perfume in my life..
    But thankfully I became minimalist before I started pickling out ties lmao. I got about 5 rn.

  15. As I just moved and took this time to declutter, I followed the guidelines of if I can easily sell an item for $50 or more, then it is worth the effort. If I cannot sell for $50 or more, then I donated the item. But if the item was a stretch to get $50, or didn't sell after 2 weeks, I donated in the end.

  16. I've been there so many times. I've come to realize that when I am frustrated and uneasy about how to go forward in my decluttering processes, I need to embrace it. I have to embrace the awkwardness of it all and figure out why I'm having issues in getting rid of it. After I've embraced these feelings, I am better able to move forward. I also will listen to podcasts of The Minimalists and read inspiring books about decluttering…. that usually does the trick also lol.

  17. I’m actually selling items on online yard sales or selling apps and putting that money towards Baby Step 2 towards my debt! But if it does’t sell in a week…off to the donation center it goes! Kinda of a win/win for me ❤️

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