But what do I do with it?

Boticelli’s map of Inferno

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

While I’ve researched the origin of this quote, I was unable to find the true source. A derivation of the quote has been attributed to a couple of people, John Ray (1670) and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), but not this exact version of it. If I could, I would amend it to include “…and a lack of information.”

Electronics can and should be recycled

One trait  I have discovered in working with clients is that they are very thoughtful people who are well intended with their possessions especially when they are ready to get rid of them. They want them to be cared for  and utilized but, since they are not sure how to get rid of them,  they don’t and end up with piles, full drawers and closets and even rooms full of ‘stuff.’ I’ve talked a lot about resources for donations (Goodwill, MUST Ministries, Salvation Army) of clothes and other household items but frequently there are items that can’t be donated and clients get stuck on what to do with these items. Here are some examples of things that aren’t trash but they aren’t necessarily treasure, either:

  • Batteries
  • Laptops
  • Cell phones
  • Electronic games
  • Cables
  • Light fixtures
  • Old paint

One option for recycling your computer

The issue of what to do with items is another example of why hiring a professional organizer is worth every penny because THEY KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THIS STUFF and they can usually help you dispose of it, too. Professional Organizers have a vast network of local resources that can provide a solution to just about any donation or disposal question. Also, if they don’t have the immediate answer, they know how to get it. Professional Organizers love helping clients clear their clutter and want to make sure that it is done in a responsible manner. Part of their service is to provide resources not only for products to aid in the organization process, like containers, shelves, and boxes, but also to help their clients dispose of their excess in a way that benefits as many people as possible. Don’t let yourself get hung up on not clearing clutter because you don’t know what to do with it. Call a professional to help you! You can find organizers in your area by searching on the NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) website:

Here are some resources you may want to think about bookmarking for your own clutter clearing projects:

Earth911

ClothingDonations.org

Goodwill

Salvation Army

IRS info on Charitable Donations

So don’t let lack of information halt your good intentions to get rid of the clutter in your home. Call and organizer for help and advice. They are happy to hear from you!

Happy organizing!

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