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Donate and Recycle Your Clutter

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BARTER IT: Do it the old-fashioned way and barter

  • Google or Yellow Pages: Barter
  • www.freecycle.com-- Members post items & request needed items for free.
  • Bitch ‘n Swap-Invite friends over with their “still nice but no longer wanted clothes and accessories”, exchange, & add conversation and drinks. Any leftover clothes can be donated to charity.
  • Corporate Barter Network-If you own a business, you can barter services or merchandise.


  • Donate clothing, home décor, & housewares. Ask for a receipt for your taxes.
  • Local Shelters
  • Women’s Centers
  • Local Churches
  • Thrift Shops: Goodwill, Salvation Army, Hope Rescue Mission
  • Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores
  • New and Used Furniture Stores
  • PrincessProject.org(used prom dresses) Team Worldwide, 405 Eccles Ave., South San Francisco, CA 94080

RECYCLE IT: You can recycle just about anything. Don’t add to the landfills!

  • Google or Yellow Pages: Recycling Recycle washers, dryers, air conditioners, mattresses, metals, tires, plastics, batteries and more.
  • County Recycling Centers-- Call for list of the items they take and when the next Hazardous Waste Collection will be held
  • Best Buy: takes T.V.’s up to 32” and computer monitors-get a gift card!
  • Ink-jet Cartridges-- Go to Cartridge World to get it refilled or take it to Office Max or Staples for credit
  • Ink-jet Cartridges-- Go to Cartridge World to get it refilled or take it to Office Max or Staples for credit
  • Prescription Glasses (Lion’s Club)
  • Shredding Documents & Discs: Google or Yellow Pages
  • More Information: www.earth911.org

SELL IT: Sell your items or get credit.

  • Auction Houses
  • Bicycles: Google or Yellow Pages
  • Cell Phones-- Local Shelters and Women’s Centers Deaf and Hard of Hearing Agency
  • Computer Equipment-- Google or Yellow Pages. Keep looking for local drives in your area www.dell.com/recycling, www.hp.com/recycle, www.apple.com
  • CraigsList.org Free online ads available.
  • Consignment and Resale Shops-- Receive credit or cash for items. See Yellow Pages for consignment/thrift shops.
  • Sell it on eBay or have a trading assistant sell for you. www.i-soldit.com
  • Local Merchandise Ads-- List items for sale
  • Reputable Jeweler-- Sell gold, coins, silver, etc


Vali Heist is a Professional Organizer, the owner of The Clutter Crew for homeowners, and a Certified GO System Trainer for businesses. She also writes a monthly column for the Reading Eagle called 'Ask the Organizer' and has a radio program called 'Organize This!' on BoomerGenerationRadio.com.

Vali's bachelor's degree is in Business Administration from Shippensburg University and her Master's Degree is in Higher Education from Kutztown University. Vali has an extensive background of 24 years in Higher Education including training, administration, project management, writing, and editorial production.

Her passion has always been organization and how it relates to the simplification of work and personal life in order to enjoy both to the fullest. Her ultimate goal is to continue finding simple, easy to implement ideas that work in the real world and pass them on to her clients.

Member Of:

  • Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Greater Philadelphia Chapter of National Association of Professional Organizers
  • National Association of Professional Organizers

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