donating and selling books


As organizers, one of the questions we consistently get from our clients is how and where to donate or sell the books that they are ready to pass along. We've compiled our list of recommendations and are eager to share it with you.

If you are ready to organize and purge your books, we recommend that you take the time to look through all the books throughout your home. Rather than simply purging a bookcase in one of many places that you keep reading material, plan to put your hands on every book in the house! Don't forget cookbooks, textbooks, and children's books. Once you've gone through all of them and have your purge pile, the following steps will come in handy...


Step 1: Determine whether each book is donate-able/sell-able or whether it simply needs to be recycled. If it's water damaged, dry rotted, or torn up it's not worth donating. Go ahead and recycle that sucker.

Step 2: Donate: If you don't want to fool with selling, simply donate your books to your local library or to a thrift store. If you have children's books to donate, you can also drop them at one of the many free little library's around town.

Step 3: Selling: There are many approaches and ways to go about selling your books. For a quick way to offload mass quantities of books, McKays is our recommendation. The amount of books you drop off will determine how you sell/how long you wait. For guidelines check out this link. In addition to McKays, Amazon now has a buy back program for certain books that they will pay shipping for and purchase from you in exchange for an Amazon gift card. For textbooks we recommend Barnes and Noble's buy back program.

Step 4: Enjoy the space you've created in your home by purging the books that you no longer need or want!


Decluttering: Start with the easy things

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drawer after

Often the task of decluttering is overwhelming. Here are a few practical ways to get started.

1. Start with the things that don't feel complicated. Look for the visible things that you don't feel attached to, the stacks of newspapers, the trinkets in the your bedside table, obvious trash, spare change, the things that are lying around the house that get left out or shoved in drawers because they don't have a designated place.

2. Go through each room looking for the items that you don't have to spend too much time thinking about. Throw away/recycle anything that is obviously trash. Toss anything you can easily part with (that isn't trash) into a laundry basket or a box to donate. The point is to scan you home for the things that you don't know why you haven't gotten rid of yet.

3. For the places that you can quickly purge, try containing like items in small trays or use drawer inserts/dividers to make things easier to locate.

Having trouble getting started? Here is a list of items that are easy to purge or make a permanent home for:

-spare change


-your least favorite coffee mugs

-relevant flyers or invitations

-mismatched or unused hangers

-papers to file

-old makeup

-bills to pay

-office supplies


-take out utensils

-all the freebee's (that you've never used) that came free with another purchase

Spring Cleaning Challenge

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That’s what decluttering is: taking time to decide what’s important enough to remain in your life. It’s not about getting rid of everything, or emptying your life completely. It’s about figuring out what matters to you. And then getting rid of what doesn’t.
— Leo Babauta

For the month of March our blog entries will be centered around Spring Cleaning. Rather than overwhelming you with long detailed lists of things to do each week, we will give you two quick ideas to break up your work into manageable weekly to-do’s. We want to keep it simple and to the point while giving you helpful tips to stay motivated.

This week’s challenge:

1. Take a trash bag to your bathroom and fill it with anything you don’t use or anything that has expired. For items that haven’t expired but you don’t use, think about donating to a homeless shelter (The Volunteer Ministry Center or KARM) or giving them to a friend. Let yourself off the hook and don’t guilt yourself into keeping a bottle of face wash that you hate just because you used it once and didn’t like the result. In the future, look for small bottles when trying out a new product or do some online research and read customer ratings before buying.

2. Go through your email and open up any email that you didn’t sign up for or always delete before reading and unsubscribe yourself. One less piece of junk mail clogging up your brain and your inbox. * makes it easier to unsubscribe from multiple emails at a time