22 Sep 2010

greenHILLhome: Reducing the Waste Stream, One Tweet at a Time

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Most folks who live in Hill row houses or apartments are challenged with the same situation at one time or another–not having enough space for all your stuff.    It is amazing how quickly we accumulate stuff, and how stuff can occupy the smallest of spaces and be immediately deemed “storage.”  Even if you’re blessed with a basement or attic, you’ve felt the need to purge those spaces now and then to make room for more stuff. 

There are so many ways to get rid of stuff.  We have stuff sales (yard sales if you will) when our neighbors buy our stuff to add to theirs.  We recycle.  We sell on eBay.  We donate what we cannot sell.  Fortunately there are other options out there for ditching stuff.  Mothers on the Hill (MOTH) has an extremely active network of selling and bartering children’s goods as kids grow out of clothes and toys.  Non-kiddies items appear on MOTH as well now and then.  There are the more global internet options too, such as Craigslist and Freecycle.

Have you heard of Yoink!?  Yoink! is a new online site from the fine folks at Twitter.  The site acts as an intermediary between someone who has something to give away and someone who needs something.  A free account gets you access to all the items people have put up for donation.   If you have something to donate, you have 140 characters to describe the item and entice potential receptive folks.  While Yoink! is intended to be a global site, just like other online portals you can narrow your geographic search region to make transporting your found treasures easier.

What other ways do you use to get rid of stuff without tossing it in the trash?

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  • Thanks for the blog post!

    Just to clear it up, we are independent from Twitter 🙂

    Stuart – Yoink! co-founder

  • Jon

    Thanks for clearing that up; it wasn’t exactly clear from the information we were provided!

  • My business partner and I actually operate a small consignment business out of our home on Capitol Hill that does just that — helps folks get rid of unwanted clutter and scores them some spending money in the process. You can find out more about us at http://www.square3ventures.com As you mentioned, yard sales are a great way to get rid of unwanted stuff — and we are actually having a huge one this Saturday 09/25 on the 600 block of F Street NE.

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