Redecorating? Where To Put The Old Stuff?

this is a DIY birdcage lamp made with an IKEA lamp. click to learn more. I saw this blurb on Oprah.com while perusing through a great  "green" home makover by Danny Seo {a great decorator who also has a fun design blog}. I'm always talking about redoing rooms and creating nurseries, etc. But have yet to discuss the WASTEFULNESS that makeovers can become.

Here are some great tips from Danny, the genius that he is, on how to dispose mindfully! 

What's the point of  a planet-friendly makeover  if your castoffs end up in a landfill? "Tossing them out negates the effect of the environmentally correct products you put in," explains environmental designer Danny Seo, who recommends doing the following. 

Appliances: Stores like Lowe's and Home Depot will often haul away a used appliance for recycling when you buy a new one, but if you're stuck with an old model, call 800-GOT-JUNK and they will pick it up, recycle what they can, and take the rest to the dump for a fee. 

Computers, printers, and other electronics: Staples stores will take small items for free, larger ones for $10 each, and recycle them. Or contact your local waste management department; many cities have drop-off sites for electronics and toxic waste. 

Magazines, office paper, newspapers, catalogs, and mail: If your area doesn't offer paper recycling, look for Paper Retriever recycling bins in your town. The proceeds benefit schools and nonprofit organizations in your community. 

Carpet: Find a local carpet collection and recycling service at CarpetRecovery.org . 

Random Items: You can always donate clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and other household goods to a local charity thrift store and get a tax deduction. Or keep functional items out of a landfill by giving them away. Post a classified ad on Freecycle.org or Craigslist.org .