Recirculate Items with CraigsList Curb Alert

Need to get rid of extra stuff fast, with minimal effort? Want to feel good about recirculating things that you are no longer using back into the community? Try a “Curb Alert”.

The basics: Go to and post an ad to the classifieds, under the “for sale/wanted”, “free stuff” category. Put “Curb Alert” in the title, along with a couple of words describing the item or items. In the ad, post pictures of the item(s) and a general description of the location where they will be placed at the curb, such as, “end of cul-d-sac, Oak Street, Mayberry, NC” or “near the intersection of 10th and West Streets, Greenville, VA”.  Put the items on the curb and watch them disappear! Be a good craigslist citizen and make sure to remove the ad as soon as the items are taken.

You are free of the burden of unwanted items and you have the good karma of having provided them to someone who needed them!

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Silas Knight on May 24, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I think packing is the worst part of moving. However, you have some great tips here to make packing a lot easier. I had never thought to pack all the liquids together, but that makes a lot of sense. Nothing is worse than a broken bottle or spilled chemical. We are looking at moving soon, so I\’ll keep this in mind, thanks!

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