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Tips for Organizing, Donating, and Recycling in Williamson County
Earlier this week I wrote about taking time in the new year to clean out your house for two reasons: 1) To get a head start if you’re planning on selling your home sometime this year; or, 2) To fall back in love with the home you have.
That post included tips for cleaning, and this post will address organizing, donating, and recycling and/or throwing away your household items. As the freezing cold weather moves into Middle Tennessee for the next couple of days, use the time inside to start the de-cluttering process. As with any big project like this, creating a checklist or schedule for each area that needs de-cluttering is the best way to keep from being overwhelmed with the whole process.
As you tackle each area, consider having separate piles for donating, recycling, trash, and even resale if that interests you. I’ve compiled a list of websites below to help with each of these areas.
Can’t decide whether or not to keep something? Christine Satterfield of idreamofclean.net suggests, “As you consider adding items to the donation box, use the following questions to help with the decision making process:
- Does it add value to my life?
- Do I use it?
- Do I like it?
- Does it fit?
- Is it a duplicate?
- Can I easily replace it if I actually need it one day?
- Could someone else benefit from it more than me?"
Goodwill is always a great place to take your donations, or you could consider a couple of Williamson County donation centers that help provide needs for local families and provide jobs for those with special needs:
Recycling Options in Williamson County:
Recycling Convenience Centers and Landfill Locations:
(Two of these locations include a Goodwill drop-off.)
The city of Franklin provides curbside recycling pickup for everything but glass. Here are the guidelines:
Guidelines for electronics:
Guidelines for bulky items:
The city of Brentwood has optional curbside recycling services that are provided by private businesses.
If you’re looking to make some extra cash for your gently used items and clothes and don’t want to go the traditional route of Craigslist or eBay, consider consigning your items. Children’s consignment sales are a big hit in Williamson County. A couple of those listed on the following web link also take adult and household items, so read up on what items each will accept:
Happy sorting! If you fall into reason #1 above and are de-cluttering so you can sell your home, give me a call when you're ready to get your home on the market. I'd love to help your dreams of a new home come true in 2014!