What the Pros Know: 5 Organizing Tips to Transform Your Space
Monday, April 29, 2013 9:46 PM

Think a bright, airy, organized space is solely the province of glossy shelter mags or movie sets? Think again. A streamlined, clutter-free space can be yours with five simple steps from the organizing pros.

Less is More: Nothing gives a space more bang for the buck than a thorough purge. Clutter creates stress and detracts from a space's aesthetic, so commit to a ruthless edit of your belongings and watch your free space grow. Be honest; do you really need three spatulas and two whisks? Ditto all those unused toys, neglected books and out-of-style clothes? Edit, edit, edit; asking yourself three questions: Do I use it? Do I need it? Do I love it? Anything that gets a "no" gets tossed, donated or sold. Consider asking a trusted friend to help with the review to keep you honest. Click here for a before and after shot to get you motivated.

Clever Storage: Keep your space feeling open and airy by using clever storage to conceal clutter. Enlist multitasking furniture such as trunks to serve as a coffee or side table, while holding bedding or board games. You can also shop for ottomans or other upholstered pieces such as benches and even sofas and chairs, which have hinged seats to conceal needed storage. Or use a skirted table either bedside or beside a sofa to conceal a basket with remotes, books, and other small items. This link shows some wonderful storage options.

Shelf Life: Adopt the mantra "a place for everything, and everything in its place" by adding enough shelving to your home to neatly corral your belongings. While custom shelving is a fantastic option for maximizing your particular space, even inexpensive units from Ikea can do the trick. Simply measure your space, and buy as many units as will fit. Use attractive baskets or bins to hide away smaller items and to present a cohesive design. See here  and here  for ideas.

Skirted Tables: Don't underestimate the organizing power of a skirted table. Even if your aesthetic favors, streamlined modern pieces, a simple, skirted table can provide a wealth of organizing options. Here  a skirted consoles table holds decorative accessories while concealing a full bar. And this clever homeowner  had a seamstress create a skirt for her Ikea Expedit bookshelf, providing concealed storage for her TV console.

Careful Color Choices: Create a bright, airy feel by organizing your home and décor with careful color choices. By sticking to a cohesive palette, you can make your space seem bigger and brighter. Tone on tone color allows furniture to recede into walls, creating the illusion of more space. Click here  for examples. This doesn't mean you need to avoid color, just use it judiciously: see how these homeowners use bright pops of color for organizing here  and here. 



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What’s Next? A Trio of Tech Trends to Love
Monday, April 29, 2013 9:42 PM

Now that the iPad mini is old news, tech-savvy trend spotters are in search of the next great thing to organize, entertain and generally make life easier. Tech-out this trio of trends that will have you on the cutting edge of what's next.

High-Tech Bathrooms: One of the last frontiers for technology in the home, the bathroom, is becoming increasingly high-tech. Bathrooms, once considered merely functional spaces, are increasingly designed to offer homeowners spa-like amenities. Now, high-tech products such as wireless scales and waterproof electronics, lets users customize their bathroom experiences like never before.  Sync your scale with your Fitbit app  to monitor your weight and fitness routines. Wave your hands near your smart faucet; sensors turn the water on for you. Hey, even singing in the shower goes state-of-the-art with the electronics featured in Tech-Out Your Bathroom. 

Beauty Apps: Makeup counters are so old school. Modern beauties turn to apps to put their best face forward. Need help picking a lipstick or a foundation color? Try MatchMaker by True Match http://bit.ly/JZC1un or Make Up Forever Pocket Studio. Can't get a dermatologist appointment to deal with that zit? Check out PerSKINality  for tips on getting blemish free by the weekend. We also like OPI Nail Art Studio and How to Do Your Own Cute Nails for tips on getting salon-worthy manis at home.

LED Your Life: Okay, LED lights aren't exactly new (they've been around since the 1960s) but they are booming in popularity like never before. Witness Katy Perry's multihued, LED light dress  worn to the recent Met Costume Ball; the sparkling dress took 3,000 LED bulbs to create. For other eye-catching, light-up fashion, check out We're Obsessed: 10 Glowing Geek Chic Gowns.  LED isn't just for celebrities, a slew of bright products in equally cheerful price points put LED décor within everyone's reach. Check out these colorful coasters and LED ice-cubes  to put some bright in your bevy. Or unleash your inner DIY-diva with the ingenious projects in Light It Up! 15 Awesome LED Projects. 



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What's for Dinner? Four Tips for Healthy Weeknight Meals
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 8:11 PM

Getting a healthy, delicious dinner on the table each night is the Holy Grail of working parents. Our four simple tips help answer the nightly "what's for dinner?" question.

Greatest Hits: Do yourself a favor and commit to a weeknight rotation of four to six basic recipes that can be easily assembled and altered for variety. Roast chicken is simple; dress it up with an array of sides. Ditto grilled lean meats and fish. Chopped salads are also easy; just vary the ingredients for a fresh take. Shop on Saturday, prep foods Sunday (chopping veggies for the week or roasting a chicken for use in weeknight meals) and keep a running grocery list during the week so you can fill pantry holes during next weekend's shop.

Teen Chefs: Turn meal-planning over to your teens once a week. In My Sons, The Sous-Chefs,  NYT reporter Leslie Kaufman recounts how with some prep work (i.e. providing basic kitchen training and guidance on recipe selection) she was able to outsource two meals a week to her teen sons. Even tweens can help pitch in; have them assemble ingredients, defrost meats and prepared foods, make a simple salad and set the table so you save time each night.

Prep Work: Who has time to plan in advance? You do that's who. Take an hour each week to plan meals, grocery shop online and prep the basics (chopping, roasting) over the weekend.  An ounce of preparation is worth a pound of take-out. You will be amazed at how small investments of pre-planning yield delicious meals. For menu ideas read, Easy Weeknight Dinners. 

Fake It: Who says dinner needs to be made from scratch? Savvy weeknight chefs rely on pre-made and store-bought ingredients to get dinner from to-do to done. Read Fake-It, Don't Make it: 25 Recipes to see how simple short-cuts can put dishes like chicken tostadas and fish tacos on your dinner table quickly and easily.



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5 Documents Your Older Parent Needs
Friday, March 08, 2013 7:52 PM

Remember that awkward birds-and-the-bees chat with your parents about a zillion years ago? Now, as your parents approach retirement, it's time for another slightly uncomfortable talk: this time about finances and legal paperwork. Even if your parents are still active and healthy, the day will come when they need assistance. Make sure to prepare five key documents to protect their finances and health. And if you have children of your own, do them a favor by getting these documents for yourself.


Everyone needs a will, regardless of age and assets. Without a will, the courts will follow state law to distribute your assets. A will makes clear how you wish your personal effects to be distributed and helps avoid disagreements over the estate after death.

Revocable Living Trust

If you die with only a will in place, the courts need to undergo a process known as probate, a legal stamp of approval, which can cost as much as five percent of an estate and take up to a year. Talk about inheriting a legal tangle! Spare your heirs this process by setting up a revocable living trust, which allows you to retain control over your estate while making transfers to beneficiaries. Upon death, the trust protects the estate from probate.

Living Will 

Also known as a medical or health directive, a living will allows your parent to spell out what type of care your loved one wishes to receive if they become terminally ill and incapacitated.

Durable Power of Attorney for Health-Care

Ask your parent to designate a trusted person with a durable power of attorney to make healthcare decisions in case of incapacitation. Make sure it has a HIPPA release that allows access to health records and physicians.

Durable Power of Attorney for Finances 

Make managing your loved one's bills possible with this document which allows you to administer your loved one's financial affairs, pay their bills, dispose of property, etc.  



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Women & Work
Monday, March 04, 2013 8:24 PM

March is Women's History Month and this March comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the publication of what is widely considered a seminal work of American feminism, Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique."   Much has changed since Friedan first wrote her book in the 1960's and much has not. To wit: the New York Times recently ran a fascinating opinion piece titled, "Why Gender Equality Stalled."   Has gender equality stalled? Read the piece and draw your own conclusions. But no matter your viewpoint, what is without dispute is that women make up nearly half of the American workforce and are on track to be an even larger percentage in coming years.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women in the workforce in 2010:

  • Comprised 47 percent of the total U.S. labor force.
  • Are projected to account for 51 percent of the increase in total labor force growth between 2008 and 2018.
  • 66 million women were employed in the U.S.--73 percent of employed women worked on full-time jobs, while 27 percent worked on a part-time basis.
  • And of 123 million women age 16 years and over in the U.S., 72 million, or 58.6 percent, were labor force participants-working or looking for work.

Here's to the women who make work work, both at home and in the workforce.




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Organizing an Elderly Parent’s Paperwork
Monday, March 04, 2013 7:47 PM

What would happen if you unexpectedly needed to take over your aging parents' finances? With people living longer, adult children are increasingly tasked with caring for aging parents. Are you prepared? If the answer is no, do yourself a favor and get a handle on the paperwork before an emergency strikes. This round-up of advice will help you, and your aging parents, navigate the paper trail.

The Talk: The first step in providing assistance is to get all parties to agree that help is needed. Open, compassionate communication is essential. Speak candidly, but kindly, to your parent about why you want to get involved in managing their finances or paperwork either now or down the road. Listen actively and carefully to their concerns so you can better assuage any fears. Make clear that you want to work with them as partners. For more tips on discussing sensitive issues, read the advice in How to Talk with Elderly Parents about Tough Family Issues.

Must-Know Facts: Money talk is often considered an impolite subject but in order to help your parents, candor is required. Plan for a time when you aren't hurried or distracted to have a frank and thorough conversation about your parents' finances. For starters, where do your parents keep their financial records? Are they working with a financial planner? Do they have a durable power of attorney to manage their finances should they become incapacitated? Ask for a thorough inventory, or create one of your own, that identifies crucial financial accounts, insurance and passwords or keys to access online documents or safety deposit boxes. For more ideas of what you need to know to be helpful, read 10 Things You Should Know About Your Parents' Finances. 

Tax Man: Tax season means paperwork. Help your parents greet the tax man with the advice in Your Aging Parents and Tax Season: A Getting-Started Guide. The article has useful advice on determining whether or not your parents even need to file (many seniors have income that falls below the IRS threshold) and tips on how to claim your parent as a dependent.

Bill Paying: Keeping up with monthly bills is a big job. Let your parents know you can help pitch in or take over the job entirely. Get started by assessing their annual income and monthly expenses. Then, you can help your parent write the checks, or if you have power of attorney, pay the bills directly from their accounts.  Keep in mind that unless your parent is totally incapacitated, that it's still their money and they should choose how and when to spend it. But keep an eye on credit card statements and the bottom line; the elderly are often scammed by telemarketers or are taken advantage of by friends, family or caregivers.

Helpful Tools: Taking on your parents' finances and paperwork in addition to your own can seem daunting. We've rounded up some useful tools to keep all the trains running on time. For the caregiver who prefers old-fashioned papers to digital, The Senior Organizer is a handy workbook designed to assist in gathering crucial personal, medical, legal and financial information. For smartphone-savvy app lovers, elder-care website AgingCare.com http://bit.ly/49NVi has a useful article on apps to help with all your elder care needs: 12 Handy Apps for Caregivers. 



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5 Tips for Combating the Office Flu
Friday, March 01, 2013 7:45 PM

Hey groundhog, what early spring? Much of the East Coast is still getting walloped by wintery weather: cold and flu season is dragging on for the time-being. Read on for tips for dodging winter illnesses while at work.

Wash, Rinse, Repeat: Your mother was right. Washing your hands is the best source of defense against flu and cold germs. Make hand-washing a regular habit when you first arrive at the office and throughout the day. Lather up and scrub for at least 20 seconds-sing the A, B, Cs in your head to gauge proper scrubbing time-and you are good to go. In a pinch, use a hand sanitizer but make sure it contains at least 60 percent alcohol for maximum effectiveness.

Rest Up: A good night's sleep is clinically proven to help ward off cold germs so log at least seven, or better yet eight, hours of shut-eye on a regular basis. A rested body is a healthier body.

Colorful Diet: Add bright berries and colorful veggies to your workday diet to boost your immune system with powerful antioxidants. For more immune boosting eats, read 10 Flu Fighting Foods. And maintain optimum energy levels all day long with the ideas from our past post Healthy Office Eats. Yup, It's Possible. 

Reduce Stress: Take steps to reduce stress which can undermine your immune system. Add regular, moderate exercise to your daily routine and consider relaxation techniques such as mediation or journaling. Even a brisk 15-minute walk midday can be enough to boost your energy levels and reinvigorate your immune system. For other ideas, read Stress Less: Seven Simple Ideas to Cut Stress.

Add Tea, Subtract Wine: Even moderate consumption of alcohol can compromise immune response, so consider teetotaling during cold and flu season. Instead, add green or herbal teas to your evening's routine for both their antioxidant and relaxing properties. 



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Tips for Taming Teen Clutter
Thursday, February 28, 2013 7:43 PM

Teen clutter seems to proliferate faster than a hot You-Tube video goes viral. Stop the runaway mess before it engulfs your home (or your teen's room) with a few simple steps.

Make your teen a partner in clutter control. Teens crave privacy and self-determination so consider letting them have more leeway in deciding how clean to keep their own rooms. For example, clutter may be off-limits in the family room, but permitted within reason in their bedrooms. When you enlist your teen as a partner, and respect their growing ability and need for self-determination, you better the odds of harmonious cohabitation.

Bedroom Boundaries: Determine your own clutter threshold for the household and lay down clear ground rules. Examples might include a "no food" policy for bedrooms, requiring a clear exit path between the bed and the door for safety reasons, and a rule that if any bad smells come from a bedroom, it then needs a thorough cleaning by the teen. If these conditions are all met, grit your teeth about the piles of laundry and other annoyances.

Everything in its Place: Take time to evaluate your teen's room to determine if they have the needed tools for neatness. Do they have adequate storage? If not, consider investing in inexpensive shelving such as Ikea's Expedit units which can easily hold files for school papers and baskets and bins for corralling small items and clothing. Work with, not against your teen: if they don't fold and store clothes neatly, buy bins to hold clothing piles and install a rack of pegs or hooks to easily capture garments.

Less is More: If the room is overstuffed with toys and clothes, encourage a purge. Donating or selling the unused items can net your teen some money and creates a more manageable set of belongings. Maintain order by doing a big purge at least twice a year. Good times for purging are after major gift events such as Christmas or birthdays.

House Rules: While teens may have leeway in their rooms, parents have every right to set conditions about how shared rooms are managed. Rather than nag constantly, assign every family member a chore that keeps order in shared rooms. And give family members a designated basket or bin to be kept in the mudroom or family room. Odds and ends can be tossed in the bins during nightly clean up and emptied on the weekends.





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Crafty Organization Ideas from DIY Queens
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 7:31 PM

Crafting is incredibly creative and fun. Creating clever ways to store your craft supplies can be just as rewarding. We've rounded up some ingenious DIY storage ideas from a bevy of clever crafters.

 Repurpose Old Furniture: A fresh coat of paint and shelves full of colorful craft supplies can brighten any room. See how this former china hutch now does duty as a craft station.  Remember those bulky TV armoires? Supersize flat screen TVs all but made them obsolete, but resourceful crafters give them new life as storage centers.  Why stop with furniture? This ingenious crafter uses a wine rack to store ribbons,  going from cheers to cheerful!

Recycle Household Goods: Old coffee cans get upgraded to storage containers with pretty paper and attractive labels. For stacked storage, use several dressed up soup cans in a pyramid shape, seen here.  Other trash-to-treasure ideas include repurposing tissue rolls to hold pencils and paint brushes and transforming empty spaghetti sauce jars into ribbon-trimmed glass canisters. Cheap and chic!  We also love using items designed for one purpose, such as a spice rack, for another purpose entirely, such as storing sewing embellishments. 

See Clearly: Clear canisters not only make it easy to organize and find craft supplies, they are a visual treat. No need to spend a fortune on store bought containers, repurpose pantry items like baby food containers seen here or other food jars, decorated with painted lids and whimsical accessories. 

Pegboard: We think pegboard is an organizing wunderkind. See how it a savvy sewer uses it here to store spools of thread, scissors and ribbons. Or attach hanging cups  to capture pens and pencils. We love how this pegboard marries storage and colorful décor.

Hang on!: Short on shelf space? Task hangers with storing goods in oversize ziplock bags, seen here.  Or repurpose pant hangars into ribbon holders. 

Clever Craft Spaces: Crafters, sewers, scrapbookers...your imaginations are limitless. There is no end to your clever storage ideas: we leave you with two we love/ One, a cunning little nook with a hinged drop down desk,  built into the eaves of a home. The other, a tiny vintage suitcase, outfitted to house craft supplies; it's equal parts storage and style. 



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Organizing Fido
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 7:28 PM

Pet lovers, you know there is nothing better in the world then a furry friend. But keeping track of all the kibble and bits, leashes, and assorted pet paperwork (vaccination schedules anyone?) isn't always a walk in the park. Keep a tight leash on pet needs with our round up of tips.

Pet Products: Nothing beats pegboard for organizing odds and ends. Create a dedicated board for your pet supplies inside a coat closet door or on a wall in your mudroom and never misplace a leash or pet brush again. Add a hanging organizer with clear front pockets to capture supplies such as vitamins, shampoos and chew toys.

Pet Station: Consider creating a designated pet station for your four-legged friends that houses both food and water bowls. Pinterest has a number of smart ideas for organizing the pets in your life. Turns out furry friends and high-style interior design can mix rather well. Click here to get inspired.

Pet Purging: Do you really need that ratty chew toy or shredded scratching post? Just as you purge your home of unwanted and unused people items, pet gear requires purging too. Did Fido get a new chew toy? Commit to tossing its beat up counterpart. Is your puppy crate no longer needed? Find it a new home with a neighbor or by checking with your local Humane Society.  Many chapters accept unneeded pet gear and extra food when finicky pets (we're talking about you Meowsers!) reject a new brand.

Pet Paperwork: Four-legged friends generate almost as much paperwork as their human counterparts. Stay on top of important vaccination schedules and health records with regular filing. Store pet health records with your family's health files so all critical health records are in the same spot. Also, keep a file handy for coupons for pet food, kitty litter and shampoos. Ditto information on groomers and pet boarding. Want a paperless pet? Enlist your smartphone or tablet to help track kitty's appointments and dietary needs with apps like MyPetsPro  and PetVetRecords. 

Pet Sitters: If a dog-walker or regular weekend pet sitter is part of your life, use a pet crib sheet that provides a seamless information exchange. You can use this free, downloadable sheet from Microsoft  or the stylish sheets from Etsy designers herehere and here.

Finally, if your furry (and feathery) friends are as quick to shed as they are to snuggle, a vacuum cleaner is a necessity. Opt for one built to tackle animal fur like the models listed in 5 Best Vacuums for Pet Hair. 



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Org This: Tackling Your Pantry
Monday, February 25, 2013 7:24 PM

If dialing for delivery is far preferable to facing your disorganized pantry come dinnertime, it's time to organize for a culinary reboot. With just a few simple steps, you will be back to dishing up home cooked meals.

Clean Slate: Pull all your boxes, cans and spices off the shelves. Dust and scrub until your space is clean and appealing. Toss all items with expired dates and that you just don't use.

See Clearly: Face all your labels out so you can easily see what's on the shelves. This helps prevent the all too common phenomenon of buying groceries you already have. It also makes it easier and less frustrating to find needed ingredients.

Group Think: Savvy chefs group like items together, either by categories, such as pastas, soups, dried beans, or by cuisines, such as Asian or Latin American ingredients. Think about what system makes the most sense given your own needs and explain it to your family so you can work together to keep order in the pantry.

Pare Down: Consider paring your pantry down to the bare essentials. Do you really need 40 spices? You may only use a dozen or so regularly.  Consider storing less frequently used items elsewhere so that your pantry just houses items you cook with daily. Keep a typed list of stored items inside your pantry door so you know what (and where!) less frequently used items are stored.

Buy Smarter: You know the drill, buy better quality items, but fewer of each. Use this same approach in your pantry. Do you really need five mustards, nine different shapes of pasta? Identify what you love and buy it in the best quality you can afford.  And while you're at it: invest in top quality clear containers so you can decant pastas, spices, flours, and dried beans. When you can find it, you can cook it!



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Org This: Tackling the Coat Closet
Friday, February 22, 2013 7:23 PM

We're mid-way through winter so odds are good your coat closet is a mess of bulky items and mismatched gloves. What's that you say? You can't find your hat? We feel your pain (and your possible frostbite.) Read on for tips for whipping your closet back into shape for the rest of the wintery season.

Out with the Unused: Closets turn into catchalls quicker than snowflakes melt on a tongue. Identify unused and unneeded items by emptying your closet-yup, we're starting with a blank slate-and put back only those items that truly belong.

Saying Goodbye: Gather unworn clothes and paraphernalia into groups: one to donate, one to pass along to friends and another to trash. Be sure to keep receipts for any items donated to charity.

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow:  Having trouble saying good-bye? Ask yourself three questions: Does it fit? Do I wear/use it? Do I love it? If the answer to any of these questions is no, the item needs to go. Consider working with a trusted friend and their unbiased eye to evaluate your belongings.

Color Code: Once your closet is edited to include only clothes and gear that are seasonally appropriate, it's time to color code items by family member.  Assign each member a color that corresponds to hooks, bins and whatever other tools you use. Color coding helps assign items a designated home and makes it easy for even the youngest family member to neatly stow away their belongings.

Tame Odds & Ends: Don't let scarves and other cold weather accessories overrun your closest. Maximize the space on the inside of a closet door to hang small, frequently used items. Use clothes pins to clamp gloves and mitten together so one doesn't go missing.

Neat & Tidy: Once your closet is shipshape, maintain order by arranging all hangers in the same direction and by storing items requiring folding, draped over hangers rather than in sloppy piles. Keep a small trash can to corral dry-cleaning bags and wire hangers. You may also wish to invest in a plastic or metal shoe tray to capture wet boots near your entrance.



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Org This: Tackling Tax Paperwork
Thursday, January 31, 2013 3:34 AM
You know what they say about death and taxes, right? April 15 th is as unavoidable as seeing a Kardashian on a check-out line magazine cover. So what are you waiting for? Time to get your tax papers in order. Corralling Paperwork The tax code may be complicated...
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App-itizing Tools to Help with Your Weight Loss Resolution
Thursday, January 31, 2013 3:27 AM

Dear Dieting Resolution: 


It was fun while it lasted. 


Sincerely, the End of January


Ah, dieting; you always start strong but somewhere near the end of the month, your resolve starts to fail you. This year, stay strong with a host of electronic tools that will keep your weight loss resolution on track.

Women's Health Magazine: Best Apps for Weight Loss:  This useful article features three weight loss apps and makes the case that their real time feedback helps you make smart food choices. Plus, when you track what you eat, it's difficult to lie to yourself or overlook indulgences.  The proof is in the pudding!


Shape Magazine: The Best Free Apps to Help You Lose Weight:  Weight loss is not just about diet, exercise is a must as well. Shape Magazine rounds up 10 must-have exercise and diet apps that will have you fit as a fiddle (and with a smaller middle!) in no time flat.


Finally, what good are all these weight loss apps if your diet is easily derailed by the office pastry platter? For healthy office snacks, that keep your engine humming and your diet on track, read our past post Healthy Office Eats. Yup, It's Possible.



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The Coat Off Your Back
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 3:19 AM

Multitasking gets a bad rap: sometimes doing two things at the same time makes perfect sense. Take organizing; when you streamline and edit your belongings down to the things you truly use and value, you create the opportunity to donate unwanted items to those who might better use them. Think of it as purging for a cause.

Take a look around your home. Have stacks of unread newspapers? Turns out the ASPCA can use shredded newspapers for animals' cages. Outgrown clothes? Dozens of organizations will happily take them off your hands. The same applies to unneeded cars, unneeded sports gear and even books and toys.

If charitable giving is on your mind in 2013, we've rounded up a list of organizations that would love the coat off your back (or those toys off your floor!).

Household Items


Mission: Helps people with barriers to employment learn job skills.

Donations Accepted: Clothing, electronics, appliances, furniture, and more.

Salvation Army 

Mission: Community programs, homeless services, rehabilitation, disaster relief.
Donations Accepted: Clothing, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment, books, electronics, and more

Vietnam Veterans of America 

Mission: Provides aid to Vietnam-era veterans and their families.
Donations Accepted: Clothing, baby items, house wares, electronics, small appliances, tools, and other items.

Volunteers of America 

Mission: Supports individuals struggling with challenges such as at-risk youth; the frail elderly; men and women returning from prison; homeless individuals and families; people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions.
Donations Accepted: Clothing, furniture, toys, and household goods for their thrift stores.

Dress for Success 

Mission: Provides interview suits and career development advice to low-income women in over 75 cities worldwide.
Donations Accepted: Women's business suits and other professional apparel, footwear, and accessories.

Career Gear 

Mission: Provides low income job-seeking men with training, career counseling, interviews, and professional clothing.
Donations Accepted: Men's suits, dress shirts, ties, shoes, briefcases, and other interview-appropriate clothing.


Mission: Distributes shoes to people in need in over 125 countries.
Donations Accepted: All types of new or gently-worn shoes: athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, and flip flops.


Stuffed Animals & Toys

SAFE (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies) 

Mission: Collects items for children in emotional, traumatic, or stressful situations such as natural and manmade disasters.
Donations Accepted: New or gently-used stuffed animals.

Ronald McDonald House

Mission: Provides a "home-away-from-home" for families with hospitalized children.
Donations Accepted: New toys, food, and household products.


World Computer Exchange 

Mission: Provides used computers and technology to schools, libraries, community centers & universities in developing countries.
Donations Accepted: Computers, laptops, printers, hard drives, peripherals, software, and more.

Cell Phones for Soldiers 

Mission:  Recycles cell phones for money to purchase calling cards for troops.
Donations Accepted: Used cell phones.


Kars for Kids

Mission: National organization addressing the educational, emotional and spiritual needs of Jewish children and their families.

Donations Accepted: All types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, SUVs, motor homes, boats, airplanes, farm equipment, and construction equipment.

Habitat for Humanity Cars for Homes 

Mission: Builds and rehabilitates houses for families in need.
Donations Accepted: Cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, and construction equipment.

American Diabetes Association 

Mission: The prevention and cure of diabetes.
Donations Accepted: Cars, trucks, trailers, boats, and RVs.

National Kidney Foundation Kidney Cars

Mission: Funds programs and medical research to prevent and treat kidney disease.
Donations Accepted: Cars, vans, trucks, and boats.



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