Charitable Donations

Just one great place to donate goods

Just one great place to donate goods

January Charitable Project: 

Start the New Year by donating warm clothing, blankets, coats and sleeping bags to homeless shelters.  When you hire me in January, you get my best organizing rate of $40 per hour, and working together, we can go through your excess clothing and warm items to help men and women in our community stay warm in the winter months.  For ideas and inspiration, click here.

I’ll post images here of items that clients gather for organizations serving the homeless during the month of January.  Call or click today if you are ready to shed unneeded items and help others as you get organized!

Donating your Unwanted Goods — The added benefit of purging your unwanted goods is that organizations in your community can use them. When you have determined where you would like donatable goods to go, we will deliver them and provide you with a tax-deduction receipt.

Here are some of the best resources from Andrew Hartman’s Clutter Free Organizing Service site

Reducing Junk Mail – To reduce the amount of junk mail that you receive you can go to the following organizations. Start with the Direct Marketing Association. From there you can also go to The Center for a New American Dream and the Global Stewards.

Free Reused Boxes – Did you know that you can get free reused boxes at your nearest Trader Joe’s? In addition since Trader Joe’s sells so much wine, you can get free wine boxes with dividers that are great for moving glassware.

Garage Sale Tips – If you think a garage or yard sale would be good way to unload some things and make some extra money, this garage sale checklist will help you prepare. The article “Putting on a Better Garage Sale” also gives a lot of useful information.

Selling Online – The two most common places to sell stuff online are nextdoor,  eBay and Craig’s List.  Nextdoor.com is a closed social network that probably exists in your neighborhood.  It is a bit safer than Craigslist because you will be dealing with people who live right in your neighborhood.  It’s a great resource for lots of information about what’s happening in your community!

eBay is an online auction where people worldwide can bid on your items. You then ship the item to the highest bidder. Craig’s List allows you to create free classified ads that reach people in your geographic area. You can arrange for the buyer to meet you and pick the item up.

Giving To Schools -  In 2007, a survey conducted by the National School Supply and Equipment Association showed that 94% of teachers spend money from their own pockets to buy classroom materials for their students. The average amount was $395, but for First-year teachers it was $770. If you go to iloveschools.com and type in your zip code, you can find classrooms nearby you that have a need for many different types of stuff. These needs include office and art supplies, as you might expect, but it also includes a variety of other items including chairs, furniture, air conditioners, etc. you can unload unneeded stuff and support your local schools at the same time!

At SproutClassrooms.com, we purchase quality used classroom resources from retiring teachers, teachers who are changing grades, and teachers who are cleaning out their classrooms. Then we put these wonderful resources on our website to allow teachers and parents like you the thrill of finding the items you’ve always dreamed about – for much, much less than purchasing new.

Giving to NonprofitsExcessAccess and redo.org are websites that match donations with non-profit organizations that can use them.

This is the comprehensive list of resources and ideas for recycling material from Andrew Hartman, Clutter Free Services:
Copyright © 2001 – 2012 Andrew Hartman

Thoughts
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”    Mother Teresa
“Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.” William James
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”   Oscar Wilde
“The difference between a helping hand and an outstretched palm is a twist of the wrist.”  Laurence Leamer
“Enough words have been exchanged; Now at last let me see some deeds! What does not happen today, will not be done tomorrow!”      Goethe
“And now as long as space endures; As long as there are beings to be found; May I continue likewise to remain; To drive away the sorrows of the world.”     Shantideva
“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” John Wooden
“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” Albert Einstein
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Dalai Lama
“Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity, nothing exceeds the criticisms made of the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.” Herman Melville

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"Clutter is stuck energy.
The word "clutter" derives from the Middle English word "clotter,"
which means to coagulate -
and that's about as stuck as you can get."

                                                                 Karen Kingston
                                                                                    Author of Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui