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Now that we are going to Brazil, you can imagine what a hassle we’ve been trough trying to organize the move.

We’ve got a lot of stuff (furniture, clothes, appliances) “New York style” that won’t fit too well in Brazil. So it’s time to donate, give away to friends or swap!

There’s nothing more fun than clean your closets, grab your friends and trade your stuff at a party where everybody leaves happy and nobody spends a dime.

Here’s how it works:

1) Invite a few friends and ask them to bring items to swap;

2) Bring also some food and drinks!

3) Lay out the loot allowing some space and time for each person to browse;

4) Everything should be clean and in good condition;

5) Tag each item with price and description of the product;

6) Take turns choosing one new item for each item that you brought;

7) Box and donate leftovers to charity at the end of the party.


photo from internet.


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Do you want to clean your closets for a good cause and a green city from the convenience of your own building?

If so, check out re-fashion NYC, a brand new partnership between the city of New York and Housing Works.

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Gap Inc. and Goodwill® are encouraging consumers to clean out their closets for a cause. From May 19-29, Gap stores in the United States and Canada will accept clothing donations in support of the Donate Movement. The clothing donations will be given to Goodwill Industries® and then sold in Goodwill’s more than 2,500 stores.

To thank customers for their generous donations, donors will receive 30-percent off their entire Gap purchase, just in time for Memorial Day shopping.

Bring your Goodwill® clothing donation to any Gap, GapKids, babyGap, or GapBody store from May 19 – 29 and you’ll get 30-percent off your entire Gap purchase including regularly priced and sale items!

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Better Home and Gardens and Share Our Strength – the leading national organization working to end childhood hunger in America by 2015 – are inviting all of us to participate in a worthwhile event.

Here’s how: Declutter your house and host a yard sale with the items you want to get rid of; them donate the proceeds to Share Our Strength. You’ll get a clean house and a chance to help the 17 million children in America facing hunger.

Check BHG website for tips on preparing for a sale.

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I’m setting myself a new challenge to giveaway 50 things before the start of the brand new 2011! I’m not talking about brand new gifts, but things that I own and don’t use anymore.

I’ve started the clean up this past week, and that’s what’s been gone so far:

– 3 sweaters;
– 2 Spring dresses (too girly for me, I think I’ve changed my style…);
– 1 pair of sneakers;
– 1 pair of ballet flats;
– 1 Book (that I read last month for my book club);
– 3 felt items from my Miscolores shop (these I gave away in other friends’ blogs);
– 1 treatment conditioner for the hair (it might be good in someone else’s);
– 2 tote bags (one from Martha Stewart and another that I bought in Peru);
– A pig pile of fabrics;
– 1 foldable laundry cart (I gave to the drycleaner downstairs);
– 2 notebooks;

I’ve still have a long way to go, but that won’t be so hard. Do you want to try the challenge yourself? C’mon it will be fun! You’ve still got enough time to make someone else happy!

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A few days ago I heard about this company and found it very helpful. The Junkluggers provide services of picking up and removing your unwanted junk: furniture, appliances, construction material, yard debris and anything else.

If you have too much stuff to get rid of and you don’t know where to dispose it, they can help you figure out. If it doesn’t feel right disposing the old couch in the sidewalk, the Junkluggers can pick it up and take it to a specific donation or recycling center. You are going to pay for the service, so it will be a good deal if you had several items at once. They will not throw it out in a dump, they will divide your stuff into donating, recycling and junk. All items that are donated are provided with tax-deductible receipts.

I hear people complaining all the time about how they have something to donate and just needed it to be picked up. If you cannot (or do not want to) pay for the services, try to get your neighbors together and share the bill. I’m sure everyone in the neighborhood has something they want to get rid of.

Ps. this is not a sponsored link and I’ve never had any experiences with them. I just wanted to share the information with you!

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The Oprah Magazine provided a great state-by-state guide of local resources that would benefit from the stuff that we no longer use – from suits and sofas to yoga mats and cell phones. Keep the list in hand and remember to help those in need instead of throwing something away on the side-walk.

Here are some places that will gladly accept your donations in NYC:

Catholic Charities Community Services Thrift Store
1011 1st Ave, Fl 7
New York, NY 10022
Takes: clothing, houseware, furniture
*pick-up service available for donations in Manhattan

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc
4-21 27th Ave
Astoria, NY 11102
Takes: appliances, books, clothing, computers, electronics, furniture, housewares sporting goods

Housing Works
HousingWorks.org; for locations
212-366-0820, ext:2
Takes: antiques, art, books, designer clothing, furniture, housewares, records

NY Wastematch
City College of New York
Steinman Hall, Rm 102
140th St and Convent Ave
New York, NY 10031
Takes: Unwanted, surplus, or used business supplies, furniture, and equipment

New York City Rescue Mission
90 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10013
Takes: books, men’s clothing, computers, working electronics, housewares

 Society of St. Vincent de Paul
191 Joralemon Street #4
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Takes: Appliances, cars, clothing, electronics, furniture, housewares, sporting goods

Partnership for the Homeless – Furnish a Future
476 Jefferson Street
Brooklyn, NY 11207

And here are more places to donate. Don’t forget it’s Spring Cleaning time!

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