* Bring a friend in to help. Not only can the two of you spend a great afternoon together, but your friend can also give you an objective opinion as you sort through items to keep or throw. This allows you to see if your emotions are the only reasons you’re holding on to stuff – like your grandmother’s old vase that’s just collecting dust in your closet.
Actually, things like that vase will do a lot more good out of your house than in it. Savers thrift store pays its 128 nonprofit partners for every item donated either at the Community Donation Center located on-site at its stores or donated directly to its partners. So, all your unused clothing, housewares, furniture and more turn into sustainable funding for nonprofits’ programs and services in your local area.
* Be organized about getting organized. Start in one corner of one room, and slowly make your way around the room in a circle. Don’t move on to the next room until you are finished with the first. If you need to take a break, go for it, but always return back to where you left off.
* Designate a place for donations in a handy, but out-of-the-way location in your house. Encourage family members to place items – clothes, toys, housewares – that they don’t want any longer into the bin. Your children will see that not everything has to go into the trash, and something they don’t want any longer can be used by someone else.
When your donation bin is full, you can use Savers new Nonprofit Locator Tool to find a nearby Community Donation Center where you can drop off your goods or get a list of Savers nonprofit partners in your area with donation home pick-up service. Simply visit www.communitydonationcenter.com and type in your zip code to identify the most convenient drop off location or a specific nonprofit organization you want to support.
* Be realistic about what you think you want to keep. If you haven’t worn that sweater in more than six months, it’s ready to go. And if you lost weight, congratulate yourself by donating all your larger old clothing. This makes it less tempting and more work if you gain the weight back. Another way to determine what is ready to go is to put items you’re not sure about into a box. Seal it, and put it into the basement. If you haven’t opened that box a year later, donate the entire thing. Chances are, you don’t have a clue what’s in the box and don’t need it.
When you donate your unused items to Savers’ nonprofit partners, another person can put them to use, which helps save space in landfills, and organizations in your area will benefit as well. And you won’t have to fear opening your closet door anymore.