Today we begin the fourth week of “Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024.” I hope you are finding this series helpful! Many people have building materials lying around storage areas. Let’s talk about what to do with them.
Building materials include a broad spectrum of items, such as:
- Trim and molding fragments
- Concrete block
- Tubing, piping, and chain
- Carpet remnants
You may have something else as well.
Typically, these materials left behind after a renovation or redecoration. In the moment, we have good intentions, thinking we should keep them just in case we need to replace a piece or section in the future. This isn’t a bad thought, and probably keeping a few tiles on hand is a good idea.
At the same time, few people ever actually use these materials. We tend to live with broken tile and stained carpets – until we finally get around to replacing the item entirely. In fact, it is common for people to have old building materials that no longer match a space in their home. Furthermore, sometimes people have boxes and crates of these pieces, stealing space that could be better used for more current and needed items.
If you have a stash of old building supplies, now may be the time to move them out.
You can always offer up these types of supplies on a free social media site such as Freecycle, Nextdoor, or Facebook Buy Nothing. What is nice about these sites is that the “buyer” must come and pick the items up, and it keeps supplies from being wasted.
Another option is to contact Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Just type in your zip code, and then contact your local restore to ask about what you have. This organization will often come and pick up your items (or you can drop them off), and then make the materials available in their stores.
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The key to this one is to be realistic. Do you honestly see yourself using these pieces? If not, why not pass them on? You never know who might be looking for just a bit of the very item you have!
Do you have a collection of various building materials? Where do you keep them? Will you let them go?