Every once in a while, I try to find the Marie Kondo in me and desperately start tidying up my apartment. I’m always amazed (or probably rather shocked) by how much stuff I actually own and never, ever use. Piles of clothes, well-intentioned gifts that simply weren’t my taste, books I’ve read once and didn’t enjoy, or DIYing material I don’t use anymore. I always end up with tons of stuff that’s still too good to throw away but also nothing I need anymore.
Fortunately, there is Tauschhaus (exchange house) in my neighborhood. Organized by great volunteers, this is THE PLACE to get rid of everything someone else might still enjoy (of course, no trash). Or on the other hand to find special gems like great books, vintage clothes or even furniture. For me, this is a great example of a supportive neighborhood and everyone including the environment benefits from it. So just walk by, see if you find anything you like (there is no need to bring anything in exchange immediately) or clean out your home and bring what you don’t need – and perhaps you’ll meet some neighbors to have a little chat on top.