Video: 10 Things You Can Throw Away in 10 Minutes

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Chris

Subject: RECYCLING OBSESSED

Good Morning Everyone,

I thought I would check out this interesting video on how to de-clutter and help organize my home in ten minutes. I found the tips very helpful. I also read the short article under the video. I am a person who struggles weekly with day to day things somehow piling up around the house even though I consider myself a constant gardener. That is I pick things up as I walk around the house that are out of place and put them away or toss them in the trash or recycle bin.
Now, I also went ahead and decided to read the comments section. This is where I went wrong.. I was looking for added content from the readers, tips, tricks, what works for them, what is a waste of time, etc. What I found was a disgrace. Apparently no one and I mean NO ONE reads anything any more.. For starters; the description under the video, or maybe the first 5 comments from recycling obsessed commenters just like yourself. Maybe the ever professional response from Garrett stating that the article mentions recycling and donating in the first line. Which he answers each and everyone of you incompetent readers ever so kindly.
So here's my BIGGEST beef. This renders this comment section USELESS. Thank you Garrett for your dedication, patience and professionalism. My advise would be to turn off this section in the future after the 5th complaint about recycling and move on to the next productive subject.

Sincerely,
Disgusted Reader aka Chris

Anya

Subject: Old clothes

If you have old pants that are no longer worth wearing to work/out in general, and old stained shirts--instead of throwing them out, use them as gardening/yard work clothes! This way, you don't have to worry if they get further stained with grass, plant juice, or dirt.

Laura

Subject: redo?

LOL Garrett K. Are you rueing the video & contemplating a re-do with 3 containers? Trash, Recycle symbol box, and "DONATE" on third? Having read through a LOT of comments, seems we have a large population that responds solely to visual movies without reading what goes along with it. I thought it was a cute video, and while watching it, did say to self -"That goes in recycle, that goes in donate, yep-that's trash..."

WayneM

Subject: Sun screen

Given the recent articles about damage to coral reefs from sun screen products, make sure these are recycled in hazardous materials facilities.

Annika

Subject: Throw Away??

This is so typical of Americans---the throw-away society! ALL of these things can be recycled one way or another, NOT thrown away. This was NOT helpful. What would have been helpful is info on how to easily recycle all these materials, not contribute still useful things to our ever-growing landfills, which, by the way, also pollute our water tables. Shame on you for perpetuating such bad habits!

Elsie

Subject: hangers

Buy some extra long (pipe clieaners) fuzzy wraps and twist around the shape of your plastic hanger. I use for necklaces, scarves, skinny strapped tops, etc. it just hangs in the closet with those items ready to pick up.
Awire hanger cut inthe middle of the lower wire and the ends curled will hold one of those ophan socks, Clip the two ends over the sock and it will clean under the frig, washer, dryer, and a clean ophan sock clipped tightly will go down the vent in the dryer and get out the lint.

Tracy

Subject: Geez-O-Pete! I don't think

Geez-O-Pete! I don't think folks actually read anything in it's entirety anymore. It DOES say "toss, recycle or donate", it does not say, flatly, to "throw away"!!

Judy Manchester

Subject: 10-things Toss

When I think "toss", it automatically means to me Salvation Army, church rummage sale, clothing drop, library book sale, Yard/Garage Sale, Flea Market or wherever else I can find an "outlet". Only after those, followed by putting leftovers on the curb with a "FREE" sign, do I actually put anything in the trash. I just got back from a weekend flea market. I didn't do well monetarily, but did get rid of a lot. I even got a man to take my old 1950s Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner ... and he LIKED it!! :) True trash amounted to one very small box of things.

Theresa Lacey

Subject: Sunscreen

Please don't recycle. Old sunscreen as the chemicals used for sun protection, become inactive after a few months. It is really time sensitive.

Regina

Subject: Orphan socks.

I have a little trick that solves the orphan sock problem in addition to saving a LOT of time. There is a product called "Sock cops" which are basically bog plastic clips for socks. When you take off your socks, you clip them together, and they stay together through the laundry process. When you reach into the dryer, they are still together. Win, win, win!

s

Subject: above 'declutter' topic

Don't know how so many missed the point you were trying to make,,,,,,
to de -clutter by recycling etc. So much so you had to repeat the same response to everyone. Sorry about that.

sepierce

Subject: MISSING THE POINT On De-Clutter

Of course many things COULD be recycled. But if one is in major clutter overload, the added pressure of breaking down the stuff might cause them to throw up their hands and give up. Then the recycle items still won't get recycled and the clutter will exponentially perpetuate.

SandyK

Subject: It's Kind of Funny......

It's kind of funny how most people, commenting here, have watched the video, but not read the text. Speaks to our "visualized" society, though, I suppose.
I am happy that you included the "easily toss, recycle(which is missing it's second "c") or donate".
However, next time, to save yourself repeating the same response, maybe include it in your title? ;)

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Second C

Hey Sandy, this is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. I've updated the text to spell recycle correctly. Nice eye! Thanks!  

Gale Johansen

Subject: De-cluttering video

I watched the video and take issue with several points. Our society should stop throwing things away and start being more respectful of our planet and its resources. Why are perfectly useful plastic hangers being thrown away, if you can't use them send them on their way to someone else that can. We have given excess hangers to our temple, our school, and to a thrift shop, all of which were glad to have them. The same goes for cups and mugs although we seem to enjoy our collection of singular mugs and cups, often they are reminders of places visited or special events. If something really isn't useful to you anymore try to redirect it where it may be used or recycled and throw away as little as possible.

Anita Campbell

Subject: Clutter Video - change the heading

To save poor Garrett from typing the same message over and over again, suggest you change the heading to your video to include ..."toss, recycle or donate..."
Unfortunately, we as a society don't really read everything that is printed, either on line or on paper. I am guilty of this as well. I just watched the video and only later read the comments. It's a decent piece, but needs to be re-edited to include the recycle/donate words since your piece, as is, has created a fire storm. Just saying.

lisa

Subject: several of those can be recycled or donated :)

This is a great list for instant decluttering! Just thinking that we can help out others and the environment by donating or recycling most of those things. The hangers, cups, mugs and utensils can be donated. The sock and stained clothing can go in a textile recycling bin (we have those around nashville at least, and i think it's pretty common, they're usually set up to donate to a charity anything in good condition, and recycle what's not needed).

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: hangers

Hey Kay, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. You don't need to get rid of all your hangers, just if you have a ton of extra ones taking up room. In that case, consider pitching or donating them. Thanks! 

Darlene Philip

Subject: 10 things video

This really was a poorly done video - must be obvious by the number of negative responses received! Not useful at all

Dr. Jeanne C. Folks

Subject: Thanks to all the comments about recycling

I'm so pleased to see all the comments about recycling. "Throw away" was really big at the top of the video and the trash can is a powerful image. How about a recycle bin instead? Just getting rid of our junk in the trash is tempting, because it's easy. Easier on us, but not on our dear Mother Earth.

Lee Canel

Subject: Clutter Video

I am disgusted that so many of the things you suggest throwing out could be reused or recycled instead of being sent to a landfill. Yet, you totally ignore these options. Clearly you have NOT done the research.

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Lee, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

janice

Subject: cutting clutter

I think it is a cute video. Making the decision on removing items from the household is a hard decision for most people. The point of the video is to remove those items from your life in the best way that works for you. Maybe once you get started you can find other items that are easy to remove! Find out how freeing it is.

Aunty Entropy

Subject: Angie's List decluttering = landfill expansion

Cleaning one's personal space the Angie's list way is to toss the listed 10 items into a single trash can. The text says "recycle or donate," but the clear video instruction is to mix together these unlike commodities: plastics, both hard and film; metal; textiles; reusable mixed kitchen objects; reusable ceramic mugs; and chemicals. When these commodities are put into a single container instead of kept separate, that's preparation for the truck that will compact them with a hundred other containers of mixed commodities. Then it will mash them all together. In the resources trade, unlike resources that have been mixed and mashed have a technical name: garbage. This mishandling promotes landfilling. What's the use of a declutterered house if it has been produced by insulting the Earth? C'mon, Angie's List - show responsible reuse and recycling. If you're not for Zero Waste, how much waste are you for?

lynn godmilow

Subject: decluttering

My husband and I use dry cleaner bags in our kitchen trash bin. We tie the end and use it instead of kitchen trash bags that have to be purchased. They work really well.

Mark

Subject: 10 THINGS TO THROW AWAY

Here in Seattle, seven of these items can go to our nearby thrift store, which even finds a home for no-longer usable clothing, and the plastic bags can be bundled with others for recycle. That leaves sunscreen and dead markers for the trash. Let's think before we just pitch things in the trash.

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Thrift

Hey Mark, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Robert, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

April

Subject: Ditch hangers?

I can see ditching wire hangers, but if you ditch plastic hangers too, how do you hang up your clothes?

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Hangers

Hey April, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. You don't have to ditch all your hangers, only if you have more than you'll ever use and they're taking up space. If that's the case you should consider pitching, donating or recycling them. Thanks! 

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Sandra, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Melissa

Subject: Do NOT throw these things away- donate

Okay, the sunscreen and the dry cleaning bags should be thrown away. However, hangers, socks, utensils, mugs can go to Goodwill. Orphaned socks are used in preschool classrooms all the time for craft projects. Crayola collects old markers (any brand) and recycles them. (Google it.) Please do NOT contribute to the destruction of the planet by throwing things in the landfill that do not have to be there.

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Melissa, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Trudie, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Wylie Raab

Subject: Ten things to throw away ...

Shame on you, Angie. This is the single most appalling email you have ever posted. I concede that dead sunscreen and markers should go. Plastic hangers? What's your problem with those, they hold every skirt I own in perfectly organized fashion. Wire hangers? Why pollute our landfills when you can DONATE THEM BACK TO YOUR NEAREST DRY CLEANER?? Duplicate utensils, stained clothing, promotional cups and mismatched mugs? HELLO!! Can you spell homeless shelter, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Abused Person Shelter? Plastic dry cleaner bags? Every supermarket has a recycling bin for these. And by the way, you cannot imagine how often I have randomly found the mate for an orphaned sock ... or earring ... and appreciated that I am not of the Discard Society. No Angie, your most loyal customers are preservers, healers, repairers, not discarders. Get your priorities straight or say goodbye to my membership.

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Wylie, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Wylie Raab

Subject: 10 Things ...

This post is dreadful, absolutely dreadful. Toss that dead sunscreen and dry marker. BUT EVERY OTHER ITEM IS USEFUL TO SOMEONE. I LOVE plastic hangers with hooks, every skirt I own is on one, what's your objection to those? Wire hangers? Donate them back to the nearest dry cleaner, who will APPRECIATE them, rather than pollute our landfills; Plastic bags? Every supermarket has a recycling bin for these. Stained clothing, duplicate utensils, promotional mugs and mismatched mugs? HELLO! Can you spell HOMELESS SHELTER, SALVATION ARMY, BATTERED PERSON'S SHELTER, RED CROSS? Get your act together, Angie, this irresponsible post is enough to make me drop my membership.

Jerry

Subject: 10 things

Hello....!!?? Can you read? IT SAYS DONATE OR RECYCLE right in the intro....

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Wylie, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Sue Frey

Subject: Hangers

What do I do with all the clothes that are now laying on the floor of my closet because I threw away all the hangers?? None of my mugs match, because I bought them because they were cute, or they had doggies on them. Should I throw them all away?? You may guess I am a clutterer, and all your hints won't change my basic nature!! Thanks tho!!!

Paul T.

Subject: Hangers - what's the deal?

I am having a hard time with understanding the logic of tossing the hangers. I agree that the metal hangers from the cleaners can be returned, but why the hangers you spent money on? What's the alternative device to hanging up stuff in the closet? I'm not going to put a suit in a dresser or bureau! Please advise!

Stephene Maxwell

Subject: Like Minds!

I was just thinking the same thing! If I throw away all my plastic and wire hangars then there will be more clutter cause it will all be on the floor! LOL!

Bernie Ryan

Subject: 10 Things You Can Throw Away

With the exception of sunscreen, these 10 items can be recycled, including the clothing. Local thrift stores like Salvation Army, Goodwill stores, etc., will take most of it. Some of the these stores take unwearable clothing and sell them by the pound to companies that deconstruct and reprocess them into different fibers. We're so quick to just throw everything out, but just because it's out of your house doesn't mean the problem is solved. We don't need reusable items in our already-bloated landfills.

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Bernie, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Cups

Hey Barb, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. These cups can be useful, unless you have more than you need and they're overflowing out of your cabinets. In that case, consider pitching or donating them. Thanks! 

Carolyn

Subject: 10 things to throw away...at least 3 to recycle...

I know you probably meant "dispose of" but "throw away" sounded catchier...but please ask people not to throw away stained clothing, duplicate kitchen utensils or mismatched mugs--rather, donate them to a charity. If the charity can't sell them they still get shipped to places in the world that will make use of them, or the fabrics are often recycled and made into other usable things. Tossing something mindlessly in a landfill precludes a much more environmentally sustainable reuse or recycling process. Thanks!

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Carolyn, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Julie, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Jill

Subject: Throwing away clutter

Although all of those things in the video above do need to go, most of them could be recycled. Much of it was plastic. You can also donate old clothes, 'orphan socks' and other items you do not want. Many charities sell unwanted items by the pound to other organizations to make more money. Throwing unwanted items into the garbage should be your last resort.

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Jill, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Shannon, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

David M Sterling

Subject: Some additional tips that spread the cheer!

A few of the items there, specifically cups, promotional items and hangers should be put in a box and dropped off at any Goodwill or organization that assists low income people. Alot of the organizations cannot afford to pay for all the cup & plates that might break, etc.

While you are at it, clear out your cupboard of anything you'll never eat and throw that in there too. Also, hotel soaps, etc.

Of course, make sure they are all in good condition - if it's trash, it should be trashed.

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey David, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

michael

Subject: Please Reuse and Recycle Before Just Tossing

Sorry, but this is a bit absurd, and kinda gross. Maybe Millennials aren't familiar with the "disposable" culture us Boomers cared enough to counter. Before so cavalierly throwing things away, try to reuse and recycle them.

There's no reason if you've gotten wire hangers with your dry cleaning, that the next time you drop your shirts at the cleaners you can't drop those hangers off for reuse. Stained clothes? Great rags for dusting, or wiping or use in the shop. Orphaned socks? Turn them into sock puppets (not the internet kind), or heck, wear mismatched socks. (If you safety pin them together before they go in the wash my girlfriend swears you'll never lose one again. I've never had that problem.)

Several of the other items like utensils, mugs, and cups on the list can be sold at a yard sale, or more immediately, dropped off at at Goodwill for a tax credit.

Recycle the dry cleaning bags, markers, and plastic hangers (why did you buy them?...). Squeeze the sunscreen in the trash and recycle the container.

Please, let's keep useful stuff out of landfills. One man's garbage is another man's gold.

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Michael, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Terri Reisig

Subject: Recycle

Many of the items--plastic and wire hangers, duplicate utensils,promotional mugs could be recycled, or donated to Goodwill and other thrift organizations. We do not need any more trash in the landfills!

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Terri, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Linda

Subject: Hangars

If we get rid of plastic hangers and wire hangers what do we hang clothes on?

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Hangers

Hey Linda, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. You don't need to get rid of all your hangers, just if you have a ton of extra ones taking up room. In that case, consider pitching or donating them. Thanks! 

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Amanda, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Kim

Subject: 10 things to throw away in 10 munutes

I didn't find this useful at all! You should show recycling rather than throwing useful stuff in the garbage. I know it says to recycle underneath the video but most people will only watch the video and not read the "blurp".

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Kim, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Kathy T

Subject: Plastic Hangers

Since they don't reproduce in the closet like the wire ones, why do plastic hangers have to be discarded?

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Plastic hangers

Hey Kathy, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. They don't have to be discarded unless you have more than you'll ever use. In that case, it's best to declutter by pitching them or donating them. Thanks!

LSMKGM

Subject: DON'T BUY CLEANING CLOTHS

Never buy a cleaning cloth again, cut up old clothes and make cleaning rags out of them - including orphan socks. I continually wash them and bleach when needed. I throw them away when they become too greasy or oily. Dirty oil from rags in the washer will stain clothes in the subsequent load(s). So, I just toss them at that point. I lost several satin blouses one time after, unbeknownst to me, my husband washed his dirty/oily car rags in the washer and my blouses were the next load. Well, at least I did get some nice new blouses out of it.

Also, keep at least a few wire hangers - they can come in handy as alternative tools (e.g. if you have an older model car - you can pop the lock when keys get locked inside - use your imagination for other ideas).

Rosemary Hughes

Subject: Rather than bought cleaning cloths&using lots of paper towel

I tear almost every item made of fabric into rags. If you sew zigzagging the edges can reduce frayed off threads in the wash. I started using rags in a more organized way when a commentator on site challenged readers to see how much their use of paper towels dropped. There is a sanitary benefit. I keep dishcloth to dish towel size rags folded in a wire basket that hangs from one under sink cabinet drawer. The other door has an identical basket with dishcloths in it. One of the easiest ways to spread contaminates is to use your dishcloth to wipe counters and then throw it back in your dishwater. With a supply of rags right at the sink such temptation is removed.with my laundry baskets I have a small plastic basket that says dirty rags. On my dryer I have a similar basket that says clean rags the dirty basket separates them from other clothing. The clean basket makes it easy to take them to the kitchen. There are two things I do not cut in to rags cotton scatter rugs with holes and large towels that have holes, but still a lot of pile. I roll these up and keep one or more under every sink in my home and above the dryer. If anything overflows or you have a large spill you can quickly throw these over the liquid to contain the spill until you can stop it.

Karen FitzGerald

Subject: Don't just throw it in the garbage!

Agreed that old markers, old sunscreen, and dry cleaning bags have no use and should be thrown out. But plastic and wire hangers? Then, what am I supposed to hang my clothes on? Go out and buy expensive wood ones? No way! Duplicate kitchen utensils? If you don't think it's useful to have a spare spatula for when one is dirty, then, please, donate them to a homeless or battered women's shelter or somewhere that people less fortunate than yourself can use them. Same with promotional cups and "mismatched" mugs, though most of our mugs are singletons with fun messages or unique artistry, and I wouldn't dream of tossing them! Always keep a couple sets of stained clothes around for painting projects and other dirty work. And orphaned socks make great dust rags. Please try to find ways to reuse the stuff you have, and keep it out of the landfill.

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Garbage

Hey Karen, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Pete

Subject: Recycle

Why would you toss out the wire hangers when you can recycle them at your local drycleaners, the plastic bags can be recycled at the local Walmart, the plastic hangers and plastic promotional cups get recycled with the curbside Recycle service and mugs can be donated.

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Pete, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Nancy

Subject: recycle?

Too bad the buffering on the video takes so much time (add 5 minutes?).
I'd much prefer to know how to recycle those things than to see them thrown in your trash barrel.

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Donate/Recycle

Hey Douglas, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Kathleen Burch

Subject: 10 Things to Throw Away in 10 Minutes

When you say "throw away" do you mean "in the garbage"? Because some of the items can and SHOULD try to be recycled to prevent even more STUFF ending up in landfill.
This isn't that hard nowadays with most communities having all the different bins to use on "garbage p/u day" + recycling centers.
Examples;
-wire hangers; some dry cleaners will take them back.
-plastic hangers; [maybe] some places like Goodwill/Salvation Army might take them. i.e. duplicate utensils if they look fairly new and are, of course, clean.
-mismatched mugs/promotional cups [may] be able to go into recycling bins.
-old sunscreen & dry markers should probably be dropped of (need an appt. 1st of course) at a Haz Waste sites.
Just some suggestions.
P.S. Love Angie's List, have used it many times with 100% great (so far!) luck!

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: 10 things

Hey Kathleen, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

BJ

Subject: Ten Things to Throw away

Great ideas - but please remember several of those items could be donated to thrift shops - not sent to the landfill.

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Ten things

Hey BJ, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Mary

Subject: Video: 10 Things You Can Throw Away in 10 Minutes

I seriously object to this video. Our society is too much of a throwaway society and landfills are too many and too large. Most of the items can be recycled (#3 along with grocery bag plastic bags or #9, 10 to Terracycle.com) or donated to Salvation Army (#1, 2, 6, 7, 8). I'm at a loss for orphan socks. I generally keep them for awhile and sometimes the mate shows up. Quilters and hobbyists might even take stained clothing to cut up and use for projects. I know that, for instance, old worn out jeans are in demand on freecycle.com for crafters.

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Video

Hey Mary, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

goldie

Subject: HOARDERS

this is not just clutter, any suggestions on helping a friend who is a hoarder?

Robert Fox

Subject: Hoarders

Hoarding is a mental disorder usually triggered by trauma and or grief. Professional counseling is s good start.

Katherine Whelchel

Subject: Clutter clean-out

Don't throw away those coat hangars in the trash-you can recycle them by donating them to your local Good Will.
Dry cleaner companies LOVE to have those wire hangars you don't want.
Old sunscreens and other dried up products can be recycled at your hazardous waste center.
Too much of any clothing or jewelry or old suitcases-all that can go to the Good Will or other second hand store.
Think about recycling before throwing things in the trash. It ends up in the landfill and does no one any good.

Sue Stewart

Subject: plastic hangers

If you are referring to
plastic hangers from department stores, good will just throws them out. The plastic ones you purchase are resold.

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: clutter

Hey Katherine, thanks for posting and great point! This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

BJ

Subject: 10 things to throw away

Please don't fill our landfill with items that can be reused or recycled. Mismatched mugs, promotional cups and duplicate utensils can be donated for others to use. Thanks!!

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: 10 things

Hey BJ, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Keating Debbie

Subject: De-Cluttering

Don't toss - recycle! Nearly everything tossed out in the de-cluttering video can be recycled in some way.
♻️

Garrett Kelly
Garrett Kelly

Subject: Recycle

Hey Debbie, thanks for posting. This is Garrett K., social media specialist at Angie's List. Recycling or donating are also great options. The piece is mainly about getting organized, but the intro text below the video does read, "Here are 10 easy things you can easily toss, recyle or donate in just 10 minutes:" Thanks!  

Yvonne De Filippis

Subject: 10items to throw away

I use lone socks for dusting just put it on ur hand and dust away with your cleaner very easy to get hard places with designs plastic hangers I always keep can be used many different ways

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had


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I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.


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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.
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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.