In two weeks time the dumpsters will be overflowing with all of the unwanted decorations, clothes, and school supplies that everyone just had to have during the year. Instead of throwing your stuff in the trash, try some of these options:
1. Terracycle. In all the dorms there are boxes that specify which items can be terracycled. For those of you who don’t know, terracycling is recycling for those hard items such as pens and foil wrappers which are then turned into other stuff you can use. Get rid of your pens, makeup, shampoo bottles, markers, etc. and save the environment at the same time.
2. Donate your clothes. Why take your clothes home if you know you aren’t going to wear them again? “There’s always a collection box on campus. I usually put my clothes in there at the end of the semester,” says Paige Roberts, a junior education major. The Salvation Army has a box behind Harbold Hall in the parking lot with the PSECU atm. If you want to make sure it gets there, drive it to closest Good Will located on Rohrerstown Road.
3. Make some money. That’s right; you can make money off other stuff besides your books at the end of the semester. Ebay is a great way to sell your unwanted items. Setting up an account is easy and it’ll keep track of your expenses. Yes it does take time, but getting paid for your unwanted items is definitely a good bargain. You could also try going to a consignment shop and creating an account there. A consignment shop is where you give your clothes and other unwanted items like lights or desk fixtures to someone else to sell. The more you sell, the more you make. (Keep in mind the consigner will take a percentage.) Check out Miracles, Little Bo-tique and Next to New Fine Clothing in Lancaster for your consignment options.
4. Consider storing it. Just because you’re leaving campus for a few months over the summer (or to study abroad) doesn’t mean you have to get rid of all of your things! “I used to store some of my things I didn’t need until the fall with one of my friends that was staying for the summer,” says Roberts. If none of your friends are staying, check out local storage options. Chances are, renting a small storage unit won’t cost too much –and you can always split the cost with some friends who might want to store their stuff, too.
You’ll save yourself the hassle of getting rid of stuff, transporting things home, transporting things back to campus in the fall and/or having to spend money replacing things you really didn’t want to get rid of anyway. Whatever you decide to do, make sure it’s easy for you and your parents (if they’re helping you move out). Knowing where everything is will not only give you peace of mind, but help you enjoy your summer.