I hate throwing things away. Tossing things that are brand new or in perfectly good shape just isn't my thing. It always seems kind of wasteful, and I would much rather pass them along to someone who can use them or - very frequently - donate them to one of the numerous charity thrift shops that populate our Upper East Side neighborhood.
What to do with extra stuff seems to be an issue at the beginning of year when tackling that annual resolution to "get organized" or figuring out to do with a gift you received that isn't your style. Maybe you received a perfectly good holiday candle or bath set for the holidays that isn't quite your taste. Or a gift card to a place you'd never shop - but it just happens to be your sister-in-law's favorite store.
If you're thinking about passing along any of these items - or wrapping them up for the next gifting occasion - I shared a few "rules for regifting" with my friends at CBS Los Angeles on my final TV segment of the holiday season. Even though this aired a couple of days before Christmas, it might give you a few ideas for what to do with any duplicate items, gifts you cannot use - or brand new things you unearth when cleaning out your closet.
Confession: I may have regifted a few items last month - but I told the recipients (members of my family) exactly where they came from. So - as I discuss in this segment - you don't necessarily need to be secretive about it. It's hard to go wrong when passing along something that truly suits the interests and style of the recipient.
More on regifting etiquette here - or check out the full segment below.