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5 Easy Steps to Get Rid of Absolutely Everything

Make some cash, recycle it and help someone in need

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Donate It

You know you can donate clothes, toys and housewares to thrift stores operated by nonprofits such as Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army. Many of these stores won't accept major appliances, mattresses or automobile parts, though, so call ahead. Better World Books has drop boxes and will provide free shipping for your donated tomes — or just donate to your local library. Old hearing aids can find new owners through recycling programs like the Starkey Hearing Foundation and Lions Clubs International. Don't forget to get an IRS tax receipt if you plan to write off charitable contributions when you file your income taxes.

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