52 Weeks: #46 Where to donate your stuff
This week I wanted to talk a little bit about what to do with all the stuff you are purging out of your home during this 52 Weeks of Organizing challenge. You are purging right? Don’t make me stick my fingers in my ears and sing la la la la la. Trust me you do not want to hear me sing!
When I go on a purge I always take my stuff to our local thrift shop. 100% of the profits at our thrift store goes to buy hospital equipment. Last year alone they made over $210,000. That’s a lot of cash and it’s such a great cause. I have no problem donating to them. Yes I could make a few bucks by selling it myself but I don’t have a lot of spare time or space to store the items until I get around to doing something with it all. This is quick and easy for me and I feel good about helping out our local hospital. I do want to make one quick plea to those who donate to thrift stores though…please please do not bring stained or torn clothing, broken toys or items missing bits and pieces without checking with the store first whether or not it’s something they accept. If they don’t accept it, all it does is make more work for the amazing volunteers that donate their time. Our store here does not lack for donations and their back storage room is piled high with stuff waiting to be sorted through. The last thing they need is to sort through junk. One thing you can do with old bedding and blankets though is bring them to your local animal shelter. They are always in need of these things.
Now having said all that, if you are looking to make some money from your items one quick and easy way to do this (other than ebay which I personally don’t think is either quick or easy anymore) is to search Facebook for a local buy and sell page. We have one for my small community and I believe it has over 3000 members now. You simply upload a picture of your item with the details and people can comment or private message you if they are interested. You then arrange to meet for transfer. And of course there are always sites like Craigslist or Kijiji to help you find buyers for your things.
However if you like the idea of donating to charity but would like a few more options in this area then have I got the post for you. This post is a must read from the Miss Minimalist website:
What an amazing list!
Anyway I do hope you find that a bit helpful as you make decisions where to send your no longer needed stuff. Please don’t let it hang around too long though. Remember the idea is to purge, purge, purge to free up space for the things you love and use and that have a purpose in your life. You don’t want that stuff getting comfortable all over again and mocking you from the corner it’s stacked in.
No, you are the boss here, don’t let your clutter rule your roost!! Regain that precious space in your home and put it to better use than as a storage house for clutter.
1. What have you purged this week?
2. Now that we are only a short way away from nearing the end of this challenge do you find you are running out of steam or on your way to becoming an organizing addict?
3. Are you stuck in the PROCESS? Let me know and maybe I can help.
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