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Possession Obsession: How Many Material Things Do You Really Need?

Written by Seana Turner, PO.

Have you ever wondered how much “stuff” is the right amount? It isn’t an easy question to answer. After all, in some parts of the world individuals own hardly anything, while in others people live in opulent homes with rooms overflowing with possessions. How can we figure out what is right for us?

The answer lies in taking an honest look at three key questions.

What kind of “stuff” do I really want?

This question will differ greatly from one individual to another because of our diverse interests and occupations. One person may need very few kitchen items because he hates cooking, but has a lot of tools because he enjoys working on cars.

Give It Away: How to Donate Items to Charity

Written by Danielle Travali.

Congratulations! You’ve finally decided to de-clutter your home. That's great! Now, it’s time to consider donating your unwanted items to charity. This is the perfect way to help people in need and free up space in your life. It’s also a good-hearted way to deduct costs from your tax return! We’ll show you how in a few easy steps:

Step 1: Browse your closet. If you see any items you haven’t worn in over a year, it’s time to think about donating them. Make sure whatever you decide to donate is at least in good condition. Nothing with holes or broken zippers. Make sure it’s wearable.

Step 2: Wash, dry and fold all items you’d like to donate, then place in clean trash bags. You may label the bags if you’d like, too, just to help the workers at the charity know what’s inside

Step 3: Go through all your clutter -- books, VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs, and even furniture such as tables, desks, and lamps. Charities can use these items, too.

Step 4: Assess the value of your items. If you want to deduct your donation from your income taxes, you should know how much your donated items are worth. Check out the IRS website for information on how to do this correctly, by clicking here.

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