Consumer Reports: Take back your space

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A problem many of us run into is simply having too much stuff. Not necessarily useful things, but items that we seem to just collect over the years.

But, there are ways to take back your space and make some cash on the side.

If you’re cleaning out a room and getting rid of clothes, drop them off at charities such as Goodwill. What they can’t sell or repair gets recycled into cleaning clothes for industrial buyers.

If your shelves are overflowing with books, look up your titles on and compare dozens of book-buying sites to find the one that will pay the most for your books.

Used textbooks can be sold at

Small appliances like air conditioners can find new homes through local Habitat for Humanity Restore, Vietnam Veterans of America or other charities.

Local governments might also have a recycling program for your non-working appliances and electronics.

Selling sports equipment, small furniture or instruments on Craigslist is easier than EBay because there’s no shipping involved.

You can donate old mattresses to your local women’s shelter or homeless shelter.

Bed linens and towels can go to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Local Animal Shelters can also use them for pets.

Consumer Reports says if you’re getting rid of a computer, be sure to clear it of personal information by wiping and reinstalling the operating system.

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