WHAT TO DO AF­TER THE CLEANSE

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Storage Doctor -

You’ve ruth­lessly as­sessed your stuff and sep­a­rated out the items you’re keep­ing, and you’ve im­me­di­ately re­turned ev­ery­thing that be­longs to some­one else.

So now what do you do with the things you no longer need? Your op­tions vary depending on where you live and the ser­vices avail­able, but you re­ally have only four ways to move for­ward.

ONE SELL IT

Your first no­tion may be to host a garage sale or sell your stuff on Craigslist or ebay. Wait just a sec­ond! Do you truly have the time and en­ergy to sell things in the next week? If not, move on to other op­tions. Af­ter a suc­cess­ful cleanse, you don’t want a spare room filled with things you’ll sell some­day.

2 GIVE IT AWAY

Do not keep things be­cause you’re sure that some­one, some­where will want the item some­day. If you don’t know of a spe­cific per­son now, move on to other op­tions. Con­sider free ex­change net­works. For ex­am­ple, The Freecy­cle Net­work ( freecy­cle.org) has hun­dreds of grass­roots, non­profit groups around the world. Each lo­cal group is mod­er­ated on­line by lo­cal vol­un­teers, and mem­ber­ship is free. The net­work pro­vides in­di­vid­u­als and non­prof­its an elec­tronic fo­rum to “re­cy­cle” un­wanted items. Sim­ply send an email of­fer­ing an item to mem­bers of your lo­cal Freecy­cle group.

3 DO­NATE IT

Most na­tional do­na­tion- ac­cept­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions and char­i­ties (such as Good­will, Sal­va­tion Army, St. Vincent De Paul, and oth­ers) are in­ter­ested only in items that are new, un­used, or in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion. If you don’t have any use for a beaten- up arm­chair or a bro­ken stove, the char­ity prob­a­bly won’t ei­ther. Visit Char­i­ty­nav­i­ga­tor.org for de­tailed eval­u­a­tions of thou­sands of char­i­ties in the United States and abroad. You’ll also find links to char­i­ties in your area and info on how donat­ing af­fects your taxes.

If you know of some­one spe­cific who can use an item, con­tact him or her im­me­di­ately.

FAST & EASY You don’t even have to leave your home to de­clut­ter. Visit Dona­tion­town.org to find lo­cal char­i­ties that will pick up your do­na­tions and sup­ply you with all the rel­e­vant tax pa­per­work.

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