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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.

How to Organize any Space

Written by Seana Turner, PO.

Do you ever pick up a magazine with a flashy title such as “How to Get Organized This Weekend”? The photographs show beautiful, color coordinated rooms with perfect spaces for every item.

They are supposed to inspire, but frequently they leave us with a feeling of  “I can never do that.” My advice is, don’t even try. Most of the magazines “stage” the results, often without including the items that were originally in the space. Furthermore, many of them are more focused on selling products than they are on giving practical instruction for how to get organized. I recommend people follow the same approach to organizing all spaces: