The single most difficult task of organizing is letting go. There is a story that goes with every item in your living or working space, usually connected with a relative friend or past relationship. Then there is the reality check of do I really need, like or use it? That’s where pay it forward lends a hand.
On different work sites, to tackle the emotions of saying so long to something that means something, I offer a new home for that belonging. I love lists, so here goes:
- I donated a discarded dog kennel to the Santa Monica Animal Shelter
- I delivered out takes or photos of Schindler’s List to The Skirball Cultural Center
- Boxes and boxes of books were brought to the Santa Monica Library with a guard and trolley to assist at my car.
- There is a drive-through Salvation Army where I brought discarded clothes, toys and household items.
- My moving company of choice is Stratton and Sons. It’s a family-owned business, and service reflects pride of ownership.
Valuable items you’d rather not give away? Move over craigslist and eBay (which I have also used) — try replacements.com, where I have sold expensive silverware and other antiques too valuable to give away.