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October 24, 2016
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“One man’s trash...

Calling his concept “the world’s largest recycling event,” Morone’s thoughts not only make sense, but sound like fun, and I am already on board, taking my cues from his suggestions. “Let’s break the cycle and help others by taking some of this stuff to our curb for others to take home,” he writes. “It’s simple, it’s easy and it will work.” Undaunted by what is waiting for me in the attic, I bookmark his site and continue. “It will help millions of people while reducing clutter, and will spark more giving and less hoarding. Give Your Stuff Away Day will reduce landfills and lower municipal hauling costs.”

Leaving no stone unturned, Morone has provided dozens of helpful links on his website, which is loaded with suggestions to make the entire event relatively painless for even the lazy ( I mean me) to get in on the action. “Yes, it’s going to be messy for a while,” he cautions, but “Christmas and the Super Bowl are messy too—should we cancel those events?” Wow. This guy is not only concerned about the planet, but clever in grabbing our attention with questions like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could magically shift ownership of this stuff, in one weekend, coast to coast, with zero effort, little time and at no cost?” My answer? “Yes, yes—a thousand times, yes!”

Some of Morone’s guidelines include “no trash, recyclables, illegal or dangerous items. No food, drugs, chemicals, or weapons. Just safe, valuable items that others could use. Then watch the fun—or better yet, take a walk and find some free stuff you can use.” (See sidebar for more details.) Realizing that I could unearth a new “treasure” from my neighbors while recycling some of my own, I am vibrating over the possibilities, while considering reigning in my constant desire for more stuff.

As if reading my mind, Morone cautions to “obey local ordinances and place ONLY the allowed items on your curb.”