Have you been saving something for years because “it will be worth a lot of money someday?” Ah, yes, that mythical “someday”.
I often encounter this with my clients. It could be something (or a collection of things) that they have been saving since childhood. Or it could be something they have inherited in recent years.
It’s never been easier to check the value of your collectibles. Just go to eBay and search for items like yours. You’ll see how much people are selling them for and how much buyers are bidding. You’ll also see how flooded the market is. You can use the Advanced Search function to see what prices they have sold for recently.
After years of trying to explain to my confused clients which plastics went into the recycling bin and which didn’t, I’m delighted to say that New York City has revised its rules.
The New York City Department of Sanitation is now accepting all rigid plastics in recycling pickups. What does that mean, you ask?
Here is a list of rigid plastics from the NYC recycling web site:
- plastic bottles, jugs & jars
- rigid plastic caps & lids
- rigid plastic food containers (yogurt, deli, hummus, dairy tubs, cookie tray inserts, “clamshell” containers, other plastic take-out containers)
- rigid plastic non-food containers
- rigid plastic packaging (“blister-pak” and “clamshell” consumer packaging, acetate boxes)
- rigid plastic housewares (flower pots, mixing bowls, plastic appliances, etc.)
- bulk rigid plastic (crates, buckets, pails, furniture, large toys, large appliances, etc.)
For my own edification, I made up this rule: if it’s plastic and you can crumple it up in your hand, then throw it in the garbage. If you can’t crumple it up in your hand, then recycle it.
Just remember to thoroughly clean all containers with soap and water before recycling. That makes them more saleable to the companies that buy them, which means more money for NYC!
For information about all NYC recyclable rules, see their web site.
You know that item that you bought a long time ago but you never used it and now it just clutters up your closet? Yeah, that one.
We had a closet full of those. Well, not a whole closet. But what we had was bulky, so it seemed like it.
A few weeks ago, I decided that the large unused items had to go, and I made some plans for them. One item, a full-sized piano keyboard which connects to a computer so that you can digitally record what you are playing, was close to celebrating its 6th anniversary in our closet. It was still in the original box and had never been used.
I put it out in the living room so that we would remember to carry it down to the trash room, hoping that someone in our building would see it and take it.
When I was in my twenties, every vacation was an opportunity to wear fabulous outfits. Of course, wearing a fabulous outfit means bringing multiple pairs of shoes and a lot of accent pieces and accessories. Luckily I grew out of that phase, and I now pack very simply, bringing things that are easy to pack and easy to wear. I never pack more than I need.
The one exception has always been my jewelry. I am crazy about costume jewelry. Nothing oversized or flashy, but interesting and unique pieces, especially earrings. I typically bring a different pair of earrings to wear each day — specially coordinated to my outfit – and sometimes even a different necklace to match it.