A big part of organizing is learning to say ‘good-bye’ to those items we no longer use or want.
“To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that
have outlived their purpose.” -Marie Kondo
So, what do we do with those things we are getting rid of? While some items need to be thrown away, many of our belongings can be given a new life through donation or recycling.
There are a number of different organizations that accept donations. Some organizations will only take certain items, while others will take most anything. Some sites require that you drop off items yourself, while others will send a truck to your home for ‘pick ups’. Take the time to research some of the donation centers in your area to find out what items they will take and who will be benefitting from your donated items.
A few donation sites we like to use include:
When books are no longer needed or used, the library is always a great place to start…. They accept books and magazines, as well as CDs, DVD’s and books on tape. For children’s books, consider donating them to local schools. Books are always needed at schools, both in the library and in the classroom.
Baby, toddler, and young children’s toys are always needed at local church nurseries, daycares, and preschools. It’s easy to call the one nearest you to find out how to donate. Public schools usually have play areas for Kindergarten and 1st grade, and they could use gently used toy and craft items as well.
A few tips/tricks about donations:
For items that cannot be donated, be sure to check and see if they can be recycled before tossing them in the trash. You would be surprised at the number of items that can be recycled these days. Contact your local recycling center to see what specific items they do and do not take.
While we realize it is often difficult to initially part with your items, you will be amazed at the amount of new found freedom and organization you can achieve by decluttering. Through this process, you can also help others by giving new life to your old things!
Jen and Emily