Organizing Services for Boomers, Seniors & Heirs
THIS WEEK is Get Organized Week, as designated by the National Association of Professional Organizers. In honor of it, here are some resources to help you toward that end.
A big obstacle to getting organized is knowing where to unload the excess. You’ve sorted and purged, kept like things with like, and you’re left with a mountain of things in good condition, but of no use to you — things that can be reused.
Before you donate these things, target the charities with meaning to you. Most of us know someone who has been affected by heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer or another health problem. There are associated charities that raise money for research by selling donated items through thrift stores. It can be very satisfying to put your old things back into circulation for a good cause.
But there are other reasons to “reuse” like this.
“Reuse saves natural resources and reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills,” the Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority states in its Recycle and Reuse Directory. “Reuse is better for the environment than recycling, because recycling requires resources, time and money to process materials into new useable items. Many forms of reuse also help those in need.”
For a free directory, call 800-750-4096 or visit www.wastediversion.org.
The Alameda County Waste Management Authority has equivalent guides. For copies of the Alameda County Resource Catalogue or Alameda County Recycling Guide 2002, call 877-786-7927 or visit www.stopwaste.org.
Other sources not listed in the directories, but that are helpful, include:
Two more ideas: