Friday, October 15, 2010

The Value of Donating

Something I often hear from clients who are trying to purge is “but I paid so much for that!” or “oh my sister gave that to me so I feel bad just getting rid of it.” Sound familiar? Avoid this road block by placing equal value on getting rid of the item. If you paid a lot for it then it will make a nice tax write off when you donate it. If it was a treasured gift that you just can’t use, why not pay it forward and give it to a friend who can actually use it.

Don’t let actual or emotional value of items hold you back. Remind yourself of the value in having the additional space or the value of less stress from clutter. Furthermore, remind yourself of the value of paying it forward to donating it or giving it away.

Meagan Farrell, professional organizer, is the owner of Clear the Clutter organizing services. She can be reached at (360) 631-7268 or at Check out her blog at

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