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Saturday, January 4, 2014

4 Steps to Get Your House in Order After the Holidays

The time has come to put your holiday decorations away and sort through the new goodies you received as presents. This can seem like a huge task, but if you use clear decision-making criteria, the process will be much smoother. Plus, you can share the goods you're no longer using with those in the community who could put them to good use.

Step 1

Sort through your new holiday gifts. Decide whether these new items are things you need or things you love. If you don't need the item or don't love the item, decide if you will:
  • return them to the store so you can put the credit towards something else
  • give the item away to a friend who could use it 
  • keep it in a "surprise box" for "just in case" gifts   or 
  • donate it to charity.  

Step 2

Remember, it's okay to regift
if the item is something you feel comfortable giving someone else and you truly do not need it. Just be sure you're not regifting to someone who knows the person who originally gifted the item to you. Be smart when doing this.

Step 3

Eliminate and start fresh. Now it's time to make room for your new presents and the bargains you picked up after Christmas. Clear your closet and the open spaces in your home and decide what you will:

  • keep
  • sell
  • donate and
  • send to the trash.

As far as clothing and shoes, if you do not like the way an item fits you or haven't worn it in six months, get rid of it.

If you're keeping papers, consider scanning them and storing electronically.

If you're holding onto a item someone gave you simply because you feel bad for getting rid of it, take a picture of it and move it in your outbox pile.

Ultimately, you should only hold onto to things of true value - those you love or those you need. 

Step 4

Establish a plan. 

There are many local ways you can help the local community by donating things you no longer need:
  • If you have glitzy jewelry, shoes, clutches, pashminas and formal gowns that you no longer use, consider donating them to Cinderella's Closet, a local organization that provides formal wear to girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their high school prom. Donation locations can be found here. These locations are currently accepting donations. In the past, Highlands High School has held a Cinderella's Closet donation day and may be doing so again this year.
  • If you have household items, unopened hygiene products and children's art supplies, consider donating them to the Brigthon Center. You can find their complete "wish list" here.
  • Any other remaining items can be donated to St. Vincent de Paul or Goodwill
There are also several ways you can sell your goods: 
  • Snooty Fox provides opportunities to consign clothing, shoes, purses and home goods. They sell women's, men's and children's clothing as well as a variety of furniture pieces and other home decor items. The closet locations to Fort Thomas are in Anderson, Erlanger and Hyde Park.
  • If you have more time to dedicate to selling, consider online platforms such as Ebay and Craigslist. If you have several vintage goods, you could consider opening an Etsy shop. Even Facebook can be used as a platform to sell goods.

Bottom Line

Start the new year fresh, and while doing so, share the things you don't need with others in the community who can use them.

Best wishes for a clean and tidy New Year! 

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