Purging Stuff: Week 2

This week I attacked the playroom and found and dealt with more electronics.



I ventured into the play room.  I purged many toys my kids have outgrown.  Only a handful of miscellaneous unidentifiable items were tossed.  Many of the toys were still in very usable condition.  It is difficult to donate toys.  Charities will only take small toys and some won’t take them at all.  Here is a quick run down of charities in the area that will take toys:

  • Big Brother Big Sister – will accept small toys, games, and stuffed animals.  To donate, you must arrange for a pickup at your house.
  • Savers – This is basically a large indoor year round yard sale.  They work with local charities, donating money for your donations.  They will accept toys, games, puzzles and stuffed animals.  The closest location to Westford is Nashua, on the Daniel Webster Highway, near Best Buy. 

The Wish Project (formerly Lowell Wish Project) and Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts (HGRM) in Acton, MA, do not accept toys of any kind.  Their goal is to provide those in need with essentials – beds, kitchen items, etc.  I’m sure The Salvation Army takes toys too, but there isn’t a location terribly convenient to Westford.

Yard sale toys

With so many large toys, I decided to have a yard sale.  I like doing the town wide yard sales organized by our community center, Roudenbush.  So this spring I’ll haul everything to the Abbot School lawn.   Anything small left over will go to charity or possibly freecycle if too big.  Since I cleared out part of the basement last week, I now have space to store the toys until spring.

I was able to get my kids to help clear out thing they no longer played with.  To some small extent, they felt good giving them to a child who was less fortunate.  But I have to admit, that the prospect of them making some money selling their toys, helped more.  Need to work on the charity piece with them.


It is amazing how many electronics I found.  I remember hearing a statistic a while back, something like each home has at least 3 – 4 pieces of electronic waste that could be recycled.  I actually thought that was high – until I started looking!

More old installation CDs, various cables, DVD writer, web cam, broken calculator, old portable CD player, a walkman!    I went through it all to determine what still worked and offered that on Freecycle.  The rest went to Best Buy for recycling.  Best Buy will also recycled used gift cards!

Webcam -> Freecycle (picked up 2 days later)
Sony Clie -> Freecycle  (picked up the next day)
Pioneer DVD/CD writer -> Freecycle ( picked up a few days later)
broken Discman -> recycled at Best Buy
broken walkman -> recycled at Best Buy
old installation CDs ->  recycled at Best Buy
broken head phones -> recycled at Best Buy

How did you do?


4 Responses to Purging Stuff: Week 2

  1. Lori Popkewitz Alper January 23, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    The playroom….a must for purging over here. My kids have outgrown so many toys, board games and more. I have to get my act together and freecycle this stuff. There are so many kids out there who would enjoy them as much as my kids did. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. The Greening Of Westford January 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Good luck Lori! I have cleared out quite a bit, but the room is still stuffed! It’s never ending.

  3. Small Footprints January 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Wow … recycling gift cards! Now there’s a great idea! 🙂

  4. The Greening Of Westford January 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    I know! They seem small, but think about how many are out there and get tossed! While doing this purge, I have realized that I need to set up a couple of other “stations” in my home for recycling odd things – like gift cards and greeting cards.

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