A Quick Guide To Living With Less

Cut clutter and begin the New Year with a fresh start by bringing your secondhand treasures to these spots

Original Article: Anna Gan Photography: Pixabay (Main Photo) and Louie Aguinaldo

You've purged your home of junk and you're left with boxes of items you no longer need—what do you do now? As you free up more room at home, someone else can benefit from your former favorite things. If you have items that can still be of use, take some time this holiday break to drop them off at these convenient locations: 

1. Books. Storybooks or reference books for children can be donated to Museo Pambata for their mobile library while schoolbooks, old uniforms, shoes and toys can be donated to RockEd Philippines for public schools with limited resources.

2. Old clothes. Aside from contacting your neighborhood thrift shops, you can give away worn clothes to St. Luke's Women's Board and Philippine Red Cross. You can also try Manikako, a group that creates dolls from scrap materials, which earns money for the young girls who create the toys as therapy. 

3. Mixed media. Tarpaulins, CDs, magazines and newspapers can be donated and turned into recycled art or functional pieces by the partners of ECHOstore at their branches in Shops at Serendera and The Podium. 

4. Batteries. Batteries from phones, laptops, and rechargeable lamps can be disposed at SM Supermalls—they also accept recyclables like PET bottles, ink, and toner cartridges every month. For car batteries, Shell gas stations are the drop-off points of choice for most vehicle owners. 

5. Old furniture and fixtures. These pieces can be sold to secondhand dealers in Kamuning, Mandaluyong or even Evangelista. If you live in a subdivision, you can make use of your neighborhood newsletter or bulletin board to reach out to those who may want to buy these items, too. 

Read the original article ("How to Live with Less") in the January-February 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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