I have a theory that most of us would be more than willing to let go of the stuff that’s cluttering our homes if we knew these things would serve a worthwhile cause or help someone else—the good things, kitchen things—our highly useful possessions that we just don’t use. Check out these worthwhile solutions for most household’s seven biggest clutter problems.
Vases, baskets, containers
And anything else that held flowers you have received. If they’re cracked or broken, no one wants them. For the rest, take those which are in “like-new” condition to the closest flower shop to be recycled.
Excess dishes and glassware
No matter how pretty or potentially useful, if you do not use those items at least once each year, sell them to an antique dealer, or give them to a local thrift shop or the church’s annual rummage sale.
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What’s behind your closet door? Orderly rows of shoes, stacks of folded t-shirts, and hanging clothes arranged by color and season? Or do you have a situation that could be declared a national disaster?
If the latter, you might ask the President for federal disaster relief funds or you could just get organized.
Knowing you would feel guilty taking funds from disaster victims, here are simple steps to find calm in all that chaos. By the way, these same principles for organizing a clothes closet apply to linen or utility closets, too.
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I don’t know why some of us have such a strong propensity to accumulate, collect and otherwise hold onto stuff beyond a reasonable limit. Maybe we’re born that way. Or more likely, we’ve picked up an understandable yet unfounded fear of not having enough of what we might need someday. Whatever the reason, it starts with clutter that can quickly lead to hoarding—something that is expensive in terms of time, money, and peace-of-mind.
It didn’t happen overnight, but one step at a time, by applying these seven simple tips, I can say confidently that my inner hoarder has been put in permanent time-out.
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So you’re getting ready to sell your house. Just thinking about it can be an overwhelming experience.
Should you hire a real estate agent? Do a FSBO (for sale by owner) to keep from paying that big commission? Should you spend a lot of money to paint and re-carpet—at least the front rooms?
Where do you start and what can you do to make sure you attract a qualified buyer as quickly as possible?
Hire a professional
A licensed real estate agent who is successfully moving properties in your neighborhood and comes with references will likely get you a better price for your home than you could get on your own. Most non-professionals (owner sellers) end up losing more in the transaction than the commission they would have paid a professional. You want the best and most experienced representative possible to sell your house—not your friends’ nephew who’s launching a new career.
No radical changes
Should you remodel the kitchen? Replace counters and fixtures in the bathrooms? Probably not, unless those appliances or fixtures are not working. Frequently, such updates and changes done to achieve a higher sales price don’t pay off.
Almost anyone buying your home will want to make their own changes, so you are not likely to recoup that investment of time and money. Unless your licensed agent recommends major changes like a new roof or exterior paint job, hold off and put your energy into other areas.
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Have you ever wondered if the stuff in your house secretly reproduces itself in the dark of night? I’m nearly convinced that’s the case in my home. I do know the problem.
We get new stuff but don’t remove an equal amount of old stuff to make room for it. And I’m not talking about useless trash.
I’m the first to admit it’s not easy to throw away a perfectly good pair of eyeglasses—even if they are the wrong prescription. Or a cell phone or computer that still works, but is now obsolete. And we shouldn’t. But filling our lives and spaces with all kinds of stuff we don’t need or use is not the answer, either.
My quest to find a charitable place to donate usable eyeglasses turned up other ways we can do good and perhaps get money-saving tax breaks, too.
For more than 80 years, Lions Clubs International has collected and distributed prescription eyeglasses to the needy around the world. Got a few pairs around your house you wouldn’t mind donating to this excellent cause?
Lions Club sponsors numerous sight initiatives, including eyeglass donations. Glasses collected by the Lions Club go to programs such as schools, community centers, churches, and developing countries.
For a list of Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers, this page or look for Lions Club collection boxes at Walmart vision centers and Sam’s Club stores; at local Lions Clubs and Goodwill Industries stores. You can also go to LionsClubs.org. to find a drop-off location.
OneSight is a wonderful organization that hand delivers gently used prescription eyeglasses to global, regional, and community clinics. To donate your glasses to OneSight, drop them off at your local LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, or Target Optical. Click here to find a donation box near you.
Many communities have bicycle recycle programs that help underprivileged kids through earn-a-bike incentive programs. The International Bicycle Fund is one such organization that also distributes bikes around the world.
Pedals for Progress has received, processed and donated over 155,000 bicycles, 4,000 used sewing machines and $10.8 million in new spare parts to partner charities in developing countries.
This group partners with charities around the world where poor people need cheap non-polluting transportation and a way to use their skills to become more self-sufficient or start a small business.
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