What is Cluttercast?

February 24th, 2009

Clutter:   a confused multitude of things
Cast : v   to send forth, to shed
Clutter + Cast = To shed or send forth a confused multitude of things

Clutter is complicated. Not just the clutter itself, but why we collect it. And clutter has a way of morphing from the physical to the emotional. My own clutter collects not only in my house, but in my brain.

So this year I got serious about my annual New Year’s resolution to clear it out.  

img_51592Most of my clutter will contine going where it always has—to local charities like this one, where I dropped off a whole carload.  

 But some particular items have real or sentimental value. How much more satisfying it would be, I thought, to know those things will go to someone who will truly want and appreciate them.

Which is why I created Cluttercast.

I post an item and tell the story behind it. You help me decide what to do with it. If you want it, or know someone who would, let me know. I’ll send it to someone for free.

There are no strings attached. But there is a connection.
A connection from the cluttercaster—to the cluttercatcher. Everybody wins.
it’s the perfect solution for clutter. And for the times.

There’s the economy. There’s our new president and the spirit of unity and cooperation.
It connects us. And it’s contagious.

For everything I’ve given out, I get back far more.
And the response convinces me that the concept goes far beyond me.

You won’t find the word “cluttercast” in the dictionary yet. But hopefully, pretty soon , you will.

About the Author

I’m more than my clutter. More than my stories.

Among other things, I’m a proud and lucky mom; an accidental artist; a 14-year survivor of Stage III breast cancer; a committed chocoholic; a former TV journalist; a technologically-challenged, baby-boomer blogger. And all those facets of my life contribute to the stories and the clutter I’ve collected along the way.

I live on the central coast of California, far from where I started, in Miami Beach. My life’s path has been as disorganized as my desk and as jagged as the pieces in my mosaics.

And absolutely nothing turned out the way I expected. That’s why I called my blog “I Never Signed Up For This.”

And that includes Cluttercast.

Yet here we are.

I’ll be here ever day– with something new. Hope you’ll be here too.

Darryle Pollack

  1. January 7th, 2009 at 07:41 | #1

    great idea!!


  2. January 8th, 2009 at 15:05 | #2

    Darryle, this is such a creative idea! Not only for a blog but as a “cleaning solution” I love your stories and your commitment to sending out the items to your readers. I’ve subscribed to it via “Reader” and look forward to reading more.


  3. milli
    January 10th, 2009 at 08:29 | #3

    any National Geographics can be sent to Wendy & Dave Banks in Africa


  4. Linda A Brown
    January 10th, 2009 at 19:56 | #4

    Hi Darryle
    You are very BRAVE for doing this ,each year I say the same thing, but I just don’t know how, I’m going to see how you do with this method!!! By the way I collect DUCKS, maybe you have seen my little Scion running around with more than 300 ducks in the car…Do you have any DUCKS??? linda


  5. June
    January 10th, 2009 at 20:43 | #5

    Have read your article in the Herald this am. I sympathize with you I have the same problem. Multiple things on hangers, can’t find what I’m looking for. I am also very attached to my stuff (thats why I bought). So I’m trying to unload also. Jewelry, needlepoint canvases finished and unfinished and on and on.


  6. February 6th, 2009 at 21:02 | #6

    This is such a neat idea. I have just started making a concerted effort to clear my own house of “clutter”, to keep the things that enrich our lives and find new homes for that which is no longer useful to us. This concept of forging connections through the passage of a physical item is quite intriguing!


  7. Kelli Woods
    March 15th, 2009 at 18:09 | #7

    A 14 year Breast Cancer Survivor ALL RIGHT you go girl. I’ve been a breast cancer survivor for 5 yrs. this April. I’m pretty techno challenged myself but I’ll keep trying. I’m also a scrapbooker, my daughter got me hooked on it. My 6 yr. old granddaughter has made her own scrapbook already and it is really very good (she gets that creative-ness from her Mom.Her book is all about her 1st trip to Disneyland.


  8. April 1st, 2009 at 09:14 | #8

    What an amazing idea! You’re a genius! Do you mind if I do something similar on my blog? It definitely won’t be Prada bags, but some Vintage clutter I love but need to “shed”. I would not go ahead with it without your blessing, because it is YOUR idea!



  9. April 1st, 2009 at 09:47 | #9

    DUH! If I’d have read your sidebar I would have seen the invitation to become a clutter caster.

    Thanks anyway and again, awesome idea!



  10. April 2nd, 2009 at 17:34 | #10

    Sheila, Go for it. Be sure to tell me when you start cluttercasting, and I’ll link to your blog. Thrilled that you would like to do it.


  11. April 6th, 2009 at 22:52 | #11

    Congrats to you on everything! What a journey im sure! Love the idea of giving back. A million hugs for being a survivor of breast cancer…well and life in gerneral *wink*

    Lots of hugs
    Barefoot Mommies


  12. April 10th, 2009 at 00:38 | #12

    Darryle, I think the kindness you are giving out is a wonderful thing for you to do for others.. I hope you get the kindness you give out back 100 times more!


  13. April 10th, 2009 at 22:34 | #13

    Thanks so much for such thoughtful and kind words! For everything I give, I get back so much more.


  14. tania
    April 26th, 2009 at 21:44 | #14

    Hi, Darryle, your idea is great…as all of them coming from you. I saw you at the farmer’s market – you look wonderful! Did you declutterized your body and face as well?


  15. marguerite lipton bronster
    May 5th, 2009 at 10:34 | #15

    Hi Please put me on your email list for cluttercast and I Didn’t Sign Up For This…..(I met you at Saks with Judy last year) I think what you are doing is fantastic!!! marghuerite


  16. June 9th, 2009 at 12:54 | #16

    This is such a fantastic idea! I am in sore need of connection and kindness and am feeling a slight bit of hope today, so thank you.


  17. June 29th, 2009 at 18:05 | #17

    Great idea! I’ll look for cluttercast in next year’s urban lexicon.


  18. August 25th, 2012 at 07:57 | #18

    We have a similar initiative at The Object Ethnography Project, where people donate items with a story, and if someone wants the item, they need to submit a story of their own. We’ve put a bit of research and effort into how we’ll continue the concept and the project itself, and we’ve recently received funding to continue our efforts. We’re on Facebook, too!


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