Spring is the season of new beginnings; it is also a really good time of year to purge your property of any unnecessary possessions. Ask yourself, if you haven’t used something in the last year, do you really need it or want it cluttering up your life? If you are moving home it is also a perfect opportunity to lighten the load. There are many ways to shed belongings from car boot sales, online auctions, charity shops and free sites such as Freecycle or St_Albans _Reuse (previously St Albans Freecycle).
Before you bin anything Freecycle states “see if anyone else wants it and save yourself a trip to the tip. It's the free, easy and fun way to help someone else and keep usable items out of landfill.” St Albans Reuse Network (previously St Albans Freecycle) are part of Freegle. The only rules they say, “are that everything posted must be free, legal and appropriate for all ages (no children or pets). Members are asked to offer at least one item to the network before posting any wanted messages – in the spirit of 'give and then receive'. Once an item is offered, it is up to the giver to decide who receives their unwanted item.” Find out more at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/st_albans_reuse.
Moving home is a great time to rid yourself of unwanted or unused possessions but remember some things can be repurposed to help with a move before you get rid of them, for example if you have a lot of old linen in your airing cupboard, don’t give it all away, as they can make excellent dust sheets when decorating your new house, or can be used for packing fragile items.