Category: donating

Six Reasons We Can't Get Rid Of Stuff

One of my tops tips for organizing is to limit the incoming. Once it comes in your home, its hard to let it go. There are all sorts of reasons that we can’t let it go of things  when they doesn’t provide a use for us anymore. Here are the top six reasons  I hear... Read more »

The 80 Dollar Bag- The Importance Of Itemizing Your Donations

With the anticipation of an early spring, I felt it was best to clean out my closet. Ok, the reality is that I spent about 20 minutes going through the different categories. We all have things in our closet to purge, including the organizer. I added my items to my already in progress donate bag.... Read more »

The Case For Donating Items Vs Letting Them Sit In Your Home

I am a big believer of “purge” as you go in life. This means getting things out of your home when you no longer use them. When you deem that they are no longer viable to you, let them go. The longer they sit, they risk the chance of being unusable, getting ruined and damaged/dirty.... Read more »

Donating Dilemmas and How to Avoid Them

Over my years in the organizing world, I have heard time and time again “I want to get rid of if but don’t know where it should go.” Donating dilemmas – deciding where to donate or who to give your stuff to can be just as challenging as the decision to purge it. Let me... Read more »

Where Is The Love; No Gratitude At Salvation Army or Goodwill

I am in the throws of full organizing season. I am driving around with the seats down in the back of my Rav4. This summer I have been an unpacking and hauling queen. Everyone is shedding a layer or two of stuff. I think I have seen the ladies at the consignment shop and the... Read more »

A Resource Guide To Donating Or Selling Stuff In Chicago

Sometimes I think finding a place to donate/sell things is actually harder than making the decision to let it go. Once you decide to release your things, there is the choice of donate or sell. I have seen people call salvation army and let it all go. And on the flip side, I have seen... Read more »

Where you Should Be Donating Stuff In Chicago-The Family Tree Resale

If you have read my previous posts, you know that I don’t have a loving relationship with Salvation Army. First it was the “Sheriff” refusing to take stuff I wanted to donate, and then yelling because I brought too much stuff. The dude even threw a pillow at me once saying “We don’t want your... Read more »

7000 Dollars is Sitting in your House!!!

According to the NDP Group, the average American family has $7000 of unused merchandise in their home. This could be anything from clothes, appliances, or furniture. The bigger the home, the bigger the offender. Yes, that is right, check out your storage areas. What to do with the excess in your home? If you aren’t... Read more »

When to Donate it; When to Trash it

The last couple of days I have gotten the evil eye at the Salvation Army. I can’t blame them. I have been bringing in bags that have some severe stinkage. You should smell my car(the same one that I am trying to trade in right now). I am working in a moldy/hoarded house. The client is... Read more »