What do you do with the stuff you want to get rid of? I am a packrat. It's a family trait. Unfortunately DH is a packrat too. So is his dad. So is his sister. Aaaaaahrg!!! DH and I are trying hard not to be such packrats. There's a difference between stocking up useful items and keeping things just 'cause they might be useful someday. Or because they have sentimental value. DH is a "don't be wasteful" kind of packrat. I'm a sentimental kind. So right now I've got six boxes and a two-drawer file cabinet full of kids' school papers and art projects. Those I know how to get rid of. It's just a matter of finding time and motivation to sort them. I also have about six boxes full of outgrown kids' clothes sitting in my basement bathroom. And more are on the way. Since I last sorted the clothing into boys/girls boxes, I've accumulated a pile of more outgrown clothes big enough for another box, and there are probably more in their closets and drawers to pitch. I have basically four options here. 1. Give them away on Freecycle. 2. Dump them at a thrift store collection point. 3. Try to sell some of them at a consignment store. 4. Save them and sell them in a yard sale this spring. Now, if I were really, really organized I would sort out the best ones, take them to the consignment store and see what they'd give me -- usually about $1 per item, but they're selective and usually only buy 1/10 of what I bring in. Even if it originally came from there and was worn exactly twice. And then I would normally turn around and spend it in the store, and then some. But then I have to haul all the stuff they didn't want back home again. I could do the yard sale route. I did that once, a few years ago, and ended up making over $300, mostly selling baby things like a swing, strollers, etc. and a few clothes. But baby things sell a lot better than older kids' clothes. OTOH I really like shopping yard sales for older kids' clothes, maybe because they're cheap as sin and nobody else buys them. It's clearly a buyers' market. And unless you're really self-disciplined, the idea of saving stuff for the yard sale you'll have...someday...is a sure road to ruin. Even dumping it at thrift store collection points can be problematic. Some of them are quite picky. There's one right up the street, but I've been told they won't even take half of what you bring if they don't feel they need it. But if I drive a little farther, Goodwill has a big truck in the grocery store parking lot and will take anything and give you a very generous receipt to use for tax purposes; sometimes you even get to fill it out yourself. Freecycle is a great thing; best of all, you don't have to haul the stuff anyplace, people come to you and pick it up. We've done that several times. Often these are people who really need your stuff - families that have lost everything due to fire or other crises, etc. But not always. And sometimes you get people who are rude and act like they're doing you a favor by taking your stuff. And some folks might feel funny about giving their address to total strangers. I've given the kids' clothes to people I knew with younger children, but right now I don't know any. My 8 yo niece has more clothes already than she needs, and my 5 yo nephew is already in the same size as my 8 yo son. Melissa dreams of taking her stuff out and putting it back in....I dream of having someone just come over and take what I don't want so I don't have to haul it anyplace. How do you get rid of it?