Time to Clear Things Out!


It's the New Year. Hard to believe that 2023 is now gone forever. And what a year it was.

But it's over now. Time now to focus on the new year and all the possibilities that await us. Perhaps it's time to release some things; to clear things out of our lives that no longer serve us. This will surely open the door to new things that will help us grow.

Here's an exercise for all of us to try. Consider all of your attachments as being like boxes filled with unnecessary items and stored mindlessly in the attic. Sit quietly and envision this attic filled with those boxes. Picture each box and remove them one by one, putting them in a large dumpster.

You might feel a sense of lightness as each box is removed and dumped. When you think about it, most of the "stuff" we have is unnecessary.

What if we were to throw out one item every day? An item that is taking up space but that we don't really need.

I've started this practice recently and it has felt amazing. I've realized that most of the things taking up space are things I'd forgotten I even had. So how important were they really? Important enough to take up any sort of space in my home? Nope.

As we stroll into the New Year, we have a chance to change things up. Let's use this year to our best advantage because before we know it, we'll be saying goodbye to 2024 and hello to 2025!


Cleaning stuff out is a good idea, but tossing stuff just fills up more landfills. The best thing to do is recycle the things you no longer need. Add them to your city's recycle bin, and let someone else enjoy it. Old clothes, old books, things you'll never use, or just don't want. One person's junk is another man's treasure. With all the migrants arriving with nothing but the clothes on their backs, they might need what you can give free of charge. It's good to lighten your load. Out with the old, in with the new You! Thanks for this good post and its important reminder.


That's a great point. In the meantime, however, it's just taking up a lot of space in the house. It'd be cool to have a place where all the donations could be stored and removed from the home.


To echo Evangel, what's old to us is new to someone else. The Youtropolis Recycle Bin is the perfect place to display items no longer wanted, so someone else can give them a new life. It's a win-win 😊


I agree that it's a win win. What happens if no one wants what you recycle? Then it takes up space in one's closet. Like I mentioned to Evangel, it would be nice to have a space for the recyclables. Or also donate to Goodwill, etc.


To your question, "What if no one wants what you're recycling?" -- how will you know if you don't post it and see? It just takes a moment to photograph the item and post. Maybe it won't be claimed immediately, but at least you know it's out of your closet or attic. Just set it apart for gifting.

In your post, you also asked the question: "What if we throw out one thing every day?" It's a great question because people don't do that...they keep accumulating until one day they realize there's too much.

Youtropolis gives you a space where you can post one item you no longer want every day. The more people add, the more attractive the Recycle Bin becomes, not just because there are more items to choose from, but because there's more variety based on the varied tastes and interests of those who are donating.

Sure you can wait until spring cleaning and gather it all up and traipse over to a donation center. But many of those items will end up in vintage stores at inflated costs...or if they're worthless, they'll end up in a landfill like so many other things.

Think about this: people pay money to acquire what others don't want whenever they make a purchase at a Goodwill or vintage store. But you don't get the money, and you're not really building good will with people who are in need and don't have money to spend on "new" things even if they're used. By posting your discards to Youtropolis' Recycle Bin, anyone can find it and use it or sell it if they need extra cash. Everyone wins.

Generally speaking, if something you no longer need is in good condition, someone will want it. It's how Ebay got started. The founder posted an old propeller that he thought no one would want. But the world proved him wrong--and the rest is history.