One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

You know that item that you bought a long time ago but you never used it and now it just clutters up your closet?  Yeah, that one.

We had a closet full of those.  Well, not a whole closet.  But what we had was bulky, so it seemed like it.

A few weeks ago, I decided that the large unused items had to go, and  I made some plans for them.  One item, a full-sized piano keyboard which connects to a computer so that you can digitally record what you are playing, was close to celebrating its 6th anniversary in our closet.  It was still in the original box and had never been used.

I put it out in the living room so that we would remember to carry it down to the trash room, hoping that someone in our building would see it and take it.

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Good, Better, Best

When I was a child, I learned a rhyme that went like this:

“Good, better, best.
Never let it rest
Until your good is better
And your better best.”

I always liked that sentiment, because I am a bit of a perfectionist.  My feeling is that if you are going to do something, you might as well do the best job possible.

Needless to say, that attitude has sometimes resulted in me spending too much time getting something from “really good” to “excellent”, when I could have simply stopped at “really good” and it wouldn’t have made much of a difference to anyone.

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Charities That Will Pick Up Your Stuff

When I work with clients who want to shed their unwanted possessions, they are delighted at the idea of donating their stuff to charity.  They are less enthusiastic, however, at the idea of having to shlep their stuff to make that happen.

That’s why I’m always delighted to learn of charities that will come to your home to pick up your donatable items.  Here are two that I’ve recently learned about.

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New Homes for Old Stuffed Animals

I’ve written before about how difficult it is to find charities that will accept used stuffed animals.  I was delighted two years ago to discover Freedom House (, an emergency children’s shelter in lower Manhattan that picked up two bags of my daughter’s outgrown stuffies and distributed them to children very much in need of comfort.

I recently learned of another charity, this one outside of New York.  Project Smile ( donates stuffed animals, coloring books/crayons, small toys, and children’s books to police and fire departments, for police officers, fire fighters and paramedics to give to children involved in traumatic situations.

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New Life for your Fancy Dresses

All young women have them: those fancy dresses that are worn once and then hang forever in the back of the closet, becoming more and more out of fashion.

Here’s a wonderful opportunity to give those dresses a second chance.  You’ll make someone very happy, and you’ll appreciate getting some of your closet space back.

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