Now that the holidays are over, you may find yourself trying to find places to put everything away. If there are things you can’t part with, but you don’t have enough room in your home for all of it, you may want to rent some self-storage. But if you need to get rid of old things, to make space for the new things, please be kind, and keep still useful items out of the landfill, and allow them to be re-used. Don't throw away your stuff. Let someone reuse it.

Rentcharlie.com is all about renting, and we encourage peer-to-peer renting, as a way to reduce waste, and keep still useful goods out of the landfill, and get them into the hands of people who need them, while earning you extra cash.

But there are those times when you just need to purge your home, and get rid of things you are no longer using to make space. If this is the case, I beg of you, please think of others, think of the environment, and don’t simply throw your still useful items in the landfill.

I don’t know how many occasions there have been when my husband or I have been to the waste collection facility, or landfill, and seen really good, expensive stuff in there. Downhill skis, and other sporting equipment, fitness equipment, furniture, bicycles, and many other useful things that could have been used for a long time, by someone who needed them.

If you like the idea of getting extra cash after Christmas, but you don’t want to rent out your stuff, you can sell it on Kijiji, where millions of people look each day, to find great deals on used goods.

There are many places that take used clothing, and sell it to the less fortunate. If your clothing is high quality, and in excellent shape you can even take it to a consignment store, where they will give you cash, or a store credit, in exchange for your clothes. (A great way to find vintage clothing, and other exciting clothing items).

Baby gear, and children’s clothing that is gently used, can be taken to a Children’s Consignment store, where they can be re-used by many families who need them.

If earning extra cash for your goods doesn’t interest you, then consider donating your goods to one of the many charities out there that earn money for their charity by selling used goods in a thrift store. The Salvation Army is one example of this, but there are many others. Certain charities even offer a pick up service to collect your items, saving you a lot of time.

If you have more than you need after a bountiful Christmas, please remember that there is no excuse for being wasteful, especially in this day and age. Reduce the amount of waste that accumulates in our landfills, by keeping items out of there that don’t belong. And allow those people who don’t mind second hand goods, to re-use your still useful items.