Friday, May 23, 2014

Giving a Donated Cabinet New Life

It’s constipating.  When someone is nearly ready to discard something that has been unused for a long time but… They are almost ready. They could be ready.  But… there is just one thing standing between them and having more space.  Deciding what to do with it.
Where is the perfect new home for it?  
Clients often get caught up and some are totally paralyzed by worrying where the item will go.  They know it still has value. They want to give it to friends or family who may or may not want it. They want to give it to a very particular charity.  Having lots of specific destinations for a room full of discards makes the follow through more daunting than the actual project.  I always encourage making donations to one general location or two at most. By donating to a general donation center that accepts lots of household goods like Goodwill or Salvation Army, you can help provide jobs and services to needy people and as if that were not enough of a warm and fuzzy feeling, someone will get things they need from the thrift store.

On the flip side.

You know that amazing feeling when you find just what you need at a bargain price.  
You want to tell everyone.  By donating, someone gave me this feeling.
I was looking for something to display some dishes and add some height to the room.  I looked in stores and on-line but didn't want to break the bank.  I hit the thrift stores and found this. 

 I found this cheeky message scrawled inside the right side door that tells me a little about it's previous owner.

With a couple cans of paint and some new knobs, this cabinet has new life. It was one that the donor hadn't planned.   I even found some a few more fun plates and the plant on top there too.
I know, I know, I spend too much time at my Pinterest crack house, right?  It made me happy. 

So donate freely and let the next owner choose it.  You get space and someone gets exactly what they were looking for.  Thank you to whomever sent this cabinet packing.  It was just what I wanted.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Electronic Clutter

Our electronic devices are becoming obsolete at an alarming rate. Struggling stay current, we upgrade and arriving home with our new  and shiny, and we find ourselves with a graveyard of old technology.  Sadly, in another drawer or box, we have our hairball of cords. Many we cannot even identify what device it came with, or whether we even still own the darn thing.  

Today I offer absolution.  If your life is running electronically well, that is to say, all your devices currently have chargers and can connect to all the devices they need to (for example, your camera can connect to the laptop for downloads) bag up the cords and donate or e-recycle them. If your smartphone trumps your old GPS, and the many other devices it replaces like old phones, old readers, language translators (yes I found one of these a couple weeks ago), video cameras, film cameras, cassette recorders, 8 tracks, and hand held games, it is time to discard. 

In most cities there are e-recycling events and drop off places to keep this stuff from 
the landfill.  Here in Columbus, Goodwill will accept these devices for recycling.  

Things that were once hardwired are connected wirelessly and we are left with all the cray cords.  Keep a couple but send the rest packing.

Computers are not resold.  It would only give someone else all the problems you had when you abandoned that device to upgrade.  They are dismantled and sorted, metals, plastics, fans, cords and boards.

They discovered a way to sort these things into boxes on pallets (the kind that the grocery store displays watermelons and pumpkins) and recycle them. Additionally, they provide services and jobs for the developmentally disabled.  So, gather those cords and devices, bag them and head for a drop off center.

In Columbus, April 26th, 2014 9am-12pm
at Huntington Park,  Goodwill will celebrate Earth Day will an e-Waste Collection event. Can't make the event?  You  can still take your bags to the local Goodwill drop off locations in your neighborhood.