I thought you guys would really enjoy this one! From Martha Stewart:
Because You Have Too Much Stuff
1. 1.4 million Americans suffer from chronic hoarding & clutter.
2. People burn 55 minutes a day looking for things.
3. 80 percent of what we own we never use.
Pay someone else to take out the (big, cumbersome) trash.
Lock it up in more than 2,100 locations around the U.S.
Schedule a pickup with your local Salvation Army.
Find local recycling and reuse programs for all kinds of household items.
Because It’s Fun
Set up shop at the World’s Longest Yard Sale, August 2-5, along 450 miles of Highway 127 in the Southeastern U.S.
9. Or peddle your wares in your own front yard on National Garage Sale Day, August 10.
Attend nationwide clothing exchanges and do-it-yourself alteration workshops.
Watch as a pile of your favorite old T-shirts is converted into a quilt.
Because Someone Else Needs It
Put a refurbished phone (of any brand) into the hands of a domestic violence victim.
Or let its sale benefit an environmental charity.
Send a phone to the field staff of a poverty-fighting mission.
Help keep service members in touch with their families.
Work with charities to find homes for consumer electronics.
Put scanners, computers, and cameras in the hands of deserving, impoverished kids around the world.
For Red Cross staff and volunteers
For deployed soldiers
For transplant patients
For terminally ill kids
Furniture & Appliances
Match your household items with a local non-profit’s wish list.
Furnish homes for disaster victims.
Give interview and work clothing to disadvantaged women.
Donate a wedding gown to benefit breast-cancer patients.
Send formal wear to teenage girls who need help getting to the prom.
A free coat to anyone who needs one.
Ship shoes and sportswear to struggling athletes around the world.
Supply children in foster care with luggage.
30. Uniteforsight.org & givethegiftofsight.org
Send eyewear to men and women in underdeveloped countries.
Convert American Express credit card points to cash donations.
Donate a used vehicle to support your local public radio station.
Give everything from storybooks to encyclopedias.
Send towels and newspapers to animal shelters.
Fund job training programs and social services.
Post donations for charities (and regular folks) to claim. (This is a BIGGIE with us!)
Donate leftover building supplies to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores.
Technology and training for the disabled and disadvantaged.
Connecting donations with charities across the U.S.
Send computers to more than 50 developing countries.
Because It Can Be Turned Into Something Else
Recycled footwear materials become sports and playground surfaces.
Donated Capilene base layers become polyester fibers for new Capilene garments.
43. Pangea organics’ packaging becomes an herb garden when planted in soil.
44. Cargo cosmetics’ PlantLove lipstick tubes come in plantable boxes that sprout wildflowers.
Old newspapers become colored pencils.
Rubber tires become sleek purses
…or rugged iPod covers.
Plastic soda bottles become durable hammocks.
Yogurt containers become colorful plates, flatware, toothbrushes, and razors.
Because It Will Make Your Life Better
50. Getting rid of clutter will reduce housework by 40 percent
51. Erase a $10K credit card debt(with an average interest rate) 65 percent faster — and pay 75 percent less total interest — when you pay double the typical minimum monthly payment.
52. Download security software like Stopzilla to keep a lid on computer pop-ups.
53. Around 23 percent of people pay late fees on bills they cannot find.
Because You Can Get Something Back
54. Return six MAC Cosmetics containers to any MAC store and receive a free lipstick.
55. Trade in an old iPod and receive a 10 percent discount on a new one.
Easily convert spare change into “real” money.
Sell it to your neighbors.
Sell it to anyone.
Get cash for gift cards you’ll never use.
Trade the books you have for the ones you want.
Trade the DVDs you’ve seen for the ones you haven’t.
Clear off your CD shelves, and make money in the process.
The great entertainment exchange: books, music, movies, and games, all swapped in one place.
To see the last 37 items on the list, be sure to check out Martha Stewart.com.
Thank you! I’m always looking for donation resources!
Here’s another, currently in Chicago only: http://glassslipperproject.org/
Hey! I’ll post about your blog on Monday when I do all my catch up posting. 🙂 This is a great article and I am an organizational freak, so I will probably write something about spring cleaning and reference you. 🙂
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