Where To Donate Your Stuff???

February 28, 2016
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I get asked every single day about charitable donations. You don’t want your stuff anymore and you can’t seem to sell it so who should you give it to? Charities will pick up everything from furniture and clothes to dishes and décor. Most people have their favorite charities but they don’t all take everything. Because I like to “keep it simple”, I find making one call to one place who picks up almost everything, is the best way to go.

There is a website where you can find a list of charities who will pick up items at your home: www.donationtown.org. Most will need 1 week – 1 month notice to get you on their schedule. The only caution I will give you is not all charities will pick up all of your items. Remember, the charity has to sell your items at their store in order to donate money to the greater cause.
Items most donation companies will NOT accept:

Damaged furniture (scratches, mildew or stains)
Recalled items (children’s car seats, cribs, bumper pads, etc.)
Mattresses
Under wear
Trash, paperwork, magazines, family photos

In the Metro Atlanta area where we live, the best place I have used is a thrift store who contributes to an abused women’s shelter. They pick up just about everything (if it’s in good condition) and they bring trucks and men to do the lifting. The thrift store is called Cheaper By The Dozen 5261 Buford Highway, Norcross, GA. You can contact Bruce Carter at 770-873-6058 to schedule a pick up.

So what do you do with items you can’t donate? Their are tons of trash removal companies who will come to your home for a fee ($85-$600+). They take anything from old paint cans to whole house clean outs. Here are some companies in my area who can help:
Stand Up Guys 770-369-0305
College HUNKS 888-689-5999
Hullaway 404-380-9395

Need someone to shred your personal documents? They will also come to your house for the same price as taking it to the local office supply store!
A-1
770-795-9744
shred-it
877-747-3319

Have further questions or need help figuring out what to keep? sell? donate? or trash? Call us at 404-825-2105 or send us an e-mail: heather@simplyorganizedyou.com

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Why This Generation Does Not Want Our Parent’s Stuff

September 28, 2015
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There was an excellent article earlier this year in the AJC titled “We collect stuff all our lives. Then what?” It brought up an important discussion between my parents and I as well as sparked a lot of debate with my fellow organizers and our clients.  I’ve been accused of being “cold hearted” by my mother because I do not want her china cabinet and Spanish inspired walnut dining furniture from 1968.  My goal in writing this post is to explain to our baby boomers and their parents that we are not cold hearted or lacking in sentiment but have been raised in a materialistic disposable time.

My parents were raised by the generation who lived through the depression and two World Wars.  They were taught to appreciate everything because they survived a time where there was nothing.  While I was raised to appreciate hard work, my parents also gave us a very easy life full of whatever food, clothes and toys we wanted.  Each generation wants to provide the best for their children. My generation has been able to buy whatever we need at affordable prices making us mass consumers of everything from electronics to cars and homes. This has lead to a disposable attitude towards the goods we purchase.

It is also much harder to find furniture and goods that are high quality and long lasting. We can buy a room full of furniture for less than $1000 so we don’t care as much if it is out of style or breaks after 5-10 years. Many newer homes don’t even have dining rooms or formal living rooms anymore. The number one hardest thing to sell right now in the furniture world is a china cabinet. Most of my friends don’t use real china or silver when entertaining; we are much more casual. I think this is a combination of two-income households and being way too busy.

I’m not trying to make excuses for my generation but I do want our elders to understand, we aren’t trying to be rude or callous when we tell you not to hold onto your stuff for us. We want you to get any money or value you can from the items you worked so hard to buy for yourself. You do not have to know the person who will wind up with your treasures. If you can sell it or donate it, I promise someone will love it and take care of it as much as you did.

I also want to re-iterate a point I made a couple of years ago about storage. Please do not waste money storing items you will never use again or items for your kids or grand kids if they tell you they do not want them. The AJC article brings up two alarming statistics: “Last year, we spent about $7.7 billion on stuff to organize our stuff and another $24 billion to store it”.

I know all big changes like moving or getting rid of items can be very stressful. Please contact us so we can help you feel less over whelmed. We now have a re-selling division of Simply Organized. What we can not re sell for you, we will find a charity to give it to.

Heather Rogers 404-825-2105 or Heather@simplyorganizedyou.com

 

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Time To Talk Taxes

March 9, 2014
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What – it’s time to do taxes again? Start now and the looming April 15th deadline won’t be so scary!

Here is a link to the tax prep 101 blog post I wrote last year for you to refer to: http://simplyorganizedyou.com/tax-prep-101/

This year, I’m going to focus on donations. Donating your household items is a great way to maximize your tax deductions and lower the amount you owe (or increase your refund). Let’s not forget, it’s also a great way to get rid of clutter while doing a good deed.

There are lots of places to donate your stuff.  Goodwill makes it very easy by having hundreds of convenient locations all around metro Atlanta (I have 5 within 15 miles of my home in Cumming). There are also other charities that accept items like the Humane Society Thrift Stores, Salvation Army stores, etc.

Do you need someone to pick up your clothes, household items or furniture? www.donationtown.org is a great site to help you find a local charity and schedule a truck. They work with Salvation Army, Kidney Fund, VA and many more. For furniture, most places prefer it to not be scratched or stained. The one item most charities will not take is mattresses.

In 2013 there was one change you should be aware of regarding donations to Goodwill. They set up a new system where you go online to input your deductions. If you donated anything to Goodwill in 2013 (or if I did it for you) you should have a receipt with a number at the top. Go to this site to input your itemized donations: http://www.goodwill.org/#. Click on “sign in” and register an account.

If you need to find out how much the items you donated are worth, this site will help you with values: http://www.goodwill.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Donation_Valuation_Guide.pdf. This guide is useful for any items you’ve donated even if they weren’t given to Goodwill but always get a receipt no matter where you go.

If you prefer to consign or sell your stuff, give me a call and I’ll point you in the right direction:

404-825-2105 or Heather@SimplyOrganizedYou.com

 

 

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