Cleaning House | Planning Help Online
April 2008 | Log Home Living
by: Andrew Hanelly

Whether you’re making the move to the log home of your dreams or just laboring through your annual spring cleaning, you’ll probably end up with a pile of former treasures that now seem to more clearly resemble trash. So how do you kick it to the curb without the heavy lifting? By using these sites dedicated to removing, reusing and recycling your junk.

800gotjunk.com
As the URL suggests, this one is pretty simple: You have junk, and they have trucks to remove it for you. Type in your zip code, find a franchise nearby and book an appointment online. You won’t have to lift a finger, but you will have to break out your checkbook.
1-800 Got Junk?
   
salvationarmyusa.org
For the family-philanthropist, The Salvation Army offers multiple ways for you to translate unwanted belongings into a tax-deductible donation. Use their Donation Center locator to find a nearby drop-off point or call to schedule a pick up (800-SA-TRUCK).
 Salvation Army Website
   
guidestar.org
If one man’s trash truly is another man’s treasure, then GuideStar.org is the bridge between the two. Sift through over 1.7 million nonprofit organizations to find a charity clamoring for your clutter. You may loathe your junk, but GuideStar.org will find someone who may love it.
 GuideStar.org
   
freecycle.org
Freecycle.org is putting a new spin (pardon the pun) on traditional recycling by creating a network of local groups who work to keep usable products out of landfills. Post your unwanted (but usable) goods on the site or pore over the existing listings (if you’re looking to cash in on other people cleaning house). Best part? It’s all free.
FreeCycle.org
   
Have a resource for recycling and reusing that we didn’t list? Comment below and we may add your link!