Traveling for two weeks with only a single suitcase, and already being in a “get rid of everything” mindset I’ve been thinking more about just how to do that. I wrote before about wondering how to give things to my friends rather than sell or donate and I’ve done a little bit of that but the truth is it’s hard to sync up with people to hand deliver items – it’s nice – but it’s not scaleable. Selling things on ebay is a full time gig that I don’t have interest in and donating works fine, feels good, but if given the chance to help out friends or people I don’t know I tend to always lean towards friends. Maybe that makes me a bad person, but whatever.
So I’m thinking of making up a freebox. I’m making this up as I go so maybe it needs refinement, but I’m thinking I put a box by my door at home and try to put stuff in it regularly that I’m getting rid of. I tell my friends who come over (and those who don’t as well to encourage them to visit) that anything in that box is fair game and free for the taking. And perhaps more importantly, once I put something in the box I can’t take it out. At the end of the month, anything left in there goes to the thrift store. So I’m giving my friends first crack.
Might work… gotta think on it a little more.