Don’t-Need-It Organizing

by Tina on August 9, 2010

Reading time: 3 – 4 minutes

I’ve been thinking about people in need. You and I might not have money to ease their burden. But, take a look around your home. What do you have – that you don’t use or love – that you could donate to someone else who would greatly benefit from it?

Linen Closet:

  • Towel sets
  • Sheet sets
  • Other bedding (blankets, comforters, quilts)
  • Tableware (tablecloths, placemats…)

Bathroom:

  • Bathroom sets (soap caddy, toothbrush holder, trash can…)
  • Makeup (note: don’t donate products that directly touched your skin/body due to infection risk)
  • Hair products (shampoo/gel/mouse/paste, combs, brushes…)
  • Skin products
  • Samples
  • Travel sizes

Closet:

  • Clothes in sizes that mock you – you’ll deserve new stuff when you get back to that size
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Luggage

Office/Electronics: (make sure your data has been professionally wiped)

  • Diskettes, CDs, DVDs, thumb drives
  • VHS tapes
  • Computers, monitors, towers, laptops, keyboards, mice, headsets
  • Gaming consoles, games, accessories
  • Thumb drives
  • Old cell phones and accessories

Library: (books, magazines, tapes, CDs, DVDs, games)

  • Children
  • Self-help
  • Educational (including college textbooks)
  • Entertainment
  • Fiction
  • Special interest that’s of less interest these days

Kitchen:

  • Utensils
  • Appliances, large or small
  • Gadgets
  • Plastic storage
  • Pantry items
  • Glassware
  • Bakeware
  • Dinnerware

Utility/Mud Room:

  • Cleaning products (clothes, floors…)
  • Cleaning tools (brooms, mops, dusters…)
  • Old coats, jackets, rainboots, mittens, hats, scarves…)

Garage:

  • Hardware no longer used (nails, light bulbs, tools…)
  • Sports equipment and accessories
  • Hobby items
  • Tools
  • Gardening supplies
  • Vehicles

These were just a few of things that came to mind. The list could go on and on. The sky’s the limit, really.

Some ways to donate:

  • Donate directly to someone in need.
  • Donate to a charity who will sell/distribute your items.
  • Try http://www.freecycle.org – “…a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free.”
  • Try http://www.giveyourstuffaway.com – September 25, 2010 – free stuff will be available in neighborhoods all over America.
  • Try http://www.goodwill.org – my personal default charity.

Declutter and organize your home. Do some good in your community. You can do this.

“There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, and brought the money from the sales.” Acts 4:34 (New International Version)

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 Hello, my name is Tina Bonifacio, and I am a Professional Organizer working with residential and commercial clients in the greater Savannah, Georgia area. For more information, visit http://www.OrganizedByTina.com. Thanks for stopping by. You are welcome back anytime.


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