Best Places to Donate…….

Spring has arrived, with signs of nature awakening around us. For many it also signals the start of deep cleaning and de-cluttering. To help with the process, here are 8 suggestions for harder-to-donate items. 1. MAGAZINES - Recycling bin for most, but specialty, back, or out of print issues can be sold on eBay 2. YARN - Senior centers, assisted or independent living facilities, Sunday school or school art classes 3. SCHOOL SUPPLIES - Elementary schools, creative reuse stores, churches or other religious facilities 4. WELL LOVED CLOTHES - Clean items too old or used to be resold as wearable clothing can be donated and recycled into new products.  Many Good Wills send worn clothing to textile plants to be recycled, but it is a good practice to check with your local Good Will for their policies on this. 5. OLD TOWELS & BLANKETS - Local animal shelter or veterinary clinic 6. APPLIANCE ACCESSORIES - Appliance repair and service shops may use old or odd parts 7. LEFTOVER BUILDING MATERIALS - Local Re-Store, operated...
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How to Get 2017 off to a great start!

The beginning of a new year is a great time to let go of things that are cluttering your life!  When you have too much "stuff" you can no longer find what you need when you need it, you buy duplicates of things you already own, you waste countless hours looking for things that are lost, and you live in a state of constant frustration.  Now is the time to begin letting go of anything you no longer want, need, love, or use.  When you scale back your belongings, you also scale back on all of those frustrating problems!  Here is a list to get you headed in the right direction.  Even 10 minutes of de-cluttering a day will weld big results in the end.  Got 10 minutes?  Get going............................. ...
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How to create a home office that works for you

How to create a home office that works for you CATHY MOLITORIS | LNP CUSTOM CONTENT CONTRIBUTOR Nov 1, 2016  Whether you work from home, or you just need a space for paying bills and managing paperwork, a home office can come in handy. It's easy to set up a home office and keep it organized, local experts say. "Anyone can set up a functional home office, even if your home or apartment is small," says Diane Barker, a professional organizer and home stager who owns Shape Up Your Space with Dawnell Yoder. "A home office does not need to be a complete room, but can be a corner of the bedroom, a table in the back of a family room or even a desk in a cleared-out closet." When you're setting up a home office, there are several factors to consider, Yoder says. Take a look at the lighting first. "Make sure when choosing a space for your office that it has good lighting,"...
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Staging Matters

Everyone wants the best return on their homes, so it is imperative that they have their house "buyer ready" when it hits the market. But no one wants to spend unnecessary funds on adding upgrades that won't pay off.  How do you know where to begin?  Here are some tips to help you decide what to do before listing your home. - Paint is the most economical way to freshen or clean up a room.  To appeal to the greatest number of buyers, stick with neutral tones, like grays and creams.  Giving a room a fresh coat of paint can completely change the feel and brightness of a room for very little money. -Clearing your clutter and personal belongings is a must!  As you will need to pack for moving anyway, begin your pre-packing BEFORE putting your home on the market.  Clearing off countertops, dressers, tables, end tables, etc. not only makes the spaces look neater, but it gives the rooms a...
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