Top 10 Tips For Decluttering Your Home During Lockdown
Living in a lockdown situation will be unnerving. It will create some situational depression for many of you. Learning and utilizing coping strategies that work will make life, work and interaction with family and friends much easier. Understanding the idea that within your self you are truly free to remain creative, organized and focused is the most important factor to not feeling, “locked down.” There are many ways to stay free of depression symptoms, and remain driven and focused in the now and in your future endeavors. It is as simple as "willing" yourself to do the things you love to do, despite a government order to stay inside. "In my soul I am free" is the mantra to adopt in order to remain autonomous and connected into something much bigger than the world at large.
Here are 10 Top Coping Strategies During Difficult Times
1. Write a new goals list, even if you think you have one. Include every single thing that you want to do in life within the next three to five years. Go Big, Fairy Godmother Big!
2. After writing your lofty goals, write three specific ways you will fulfill those goals. For instance if you said build a new business, three specific ways to achieve them would be:
4. Write 30 things you want in an ideal partner. Go Big, Go Fairy Godmother Big! Whether you are in a relationship or not, this is the time to evaluate your partner relationship. Settling for a so, so partner is not ideal. Understanding what you truly want in a partner takes some thought and insight. You owe your current partner and future partners the fact that YOU are clear on what you want in an ideal partner. Nobody is good at guessing what someone else wants out of life.
5. Clear out any emotional clutter that is stirring around inside of you. Any past traumas, or unresolved negative aspects of yourself lead to cluttered decisions and difficult paths in life. Take the time to write a list of all the things in your life that hurt or wounded you. Then, use The Clearing and Healing™ techniques discussed in The Clutter Remedy: A Guide To Getting Organized For Those Who Love Their Stuff by Marla Stone, MSW. The strategy to heal and clear out those old “cobwebs,” is worth your time.
6. Declutter any cluttered and sloppy spaces you have in your residence or business offices. Figure out storage solutions that will keep your space looking like a “model home,” or an "ideal" corporate executive space. Living, and working in a clear and uncluttered space lends to the creative processes you want to engage in, while in lock down mode. Read Chapter Three of The Clutter Remedy https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-clutter-remedy-marla-stone/1130791302 to gather ideas on how to get your space looking like something out of a magazine.
7. Gain clarity on what makes you happy. Are you doing things in life that create drudgery? Are you a good delegator when it comes to off-shooting tasks that can be done by others, more capable and or willing? Are you noticing when you are in a rut, and don’t know how to stop the human-in-the-hamster-wheel affect? Recognizing that authentic happiness comes from having a vision of what will make you happy makes the wheel go 'round faster and smoother. Figure out how to have the following things happen for you in life:
A. An engagement in self exploration.
B. An ideal intimate relationship
C. Ideal friends and social network
D. An understanding of your purpose in the world. Why are you here? What are your spiritual beliefs?
E. Accepting yourself as healthy, happy and settled, no matter what state you are in.
8. Love yourself. This is an old adage, but love yourself, and if you don’t, figure out why, and fix the things about yourself that you find unloveable. Do some digging around in uncomfortable memories or thoughts and get some outside help when you hit a wall.
9. Get physically healthier, happier and have more fun. Working on youself with a concerted effort is your responsibility. It is not an overnight phenomenon. Stop blaming others for your own lack of self improvement. Nothing changes unless something changes.
10. Plan places to travel to once lockdown is over, or find out where you can travel to during lockdown, safely. Traveling gives you a different 360 viewpoint of why you’re doing all the other things to improve your life. Traveling is relaxing and inspiring. Going on vacation is as important as all of the above. It is within the reprieve of taking time off that you will notice what you truly want to do with your life with objectivity and a full sense of freedom.
Marla Stone, MSW is the Declutter Your Strategy™ Expert www.i-deal-lifestyle.com
Ways to Successfully Sell Your Home During COVID-19
For those in the process of selling a home, pandemic restrictions are making the selling process look slightly different. From harnessing technology to connect with potential buyers to taking strict health and safety precautions when showing in-person, it’s important to learn how to sell your home safely and efficiently during the pandemic.
One of the best ways to connect with potential buyers right now is through virtual home showings. The benefits are two-fold: you can avoid having window-shoppers parade through your home during open houses, and you’ll keep your family safer from possible virus transmission.
For an effective home sale, be sure to hire a great real estate agent who is well-versed in the latest technology for selling homes. Your agent should be able to help you with virtual staging, 3D walkthroughs, and video tours for potential buyers. The 3D walkthrough option allows buyers to “walk” through your home online, checking out every room at their own pace.
You can even set up a live-chat function through some real estate companies, which allow agents to show your home virtually without hassle and time-consuming in-person appointments.
Believe it or not, many potential buyers will put a great deal of weight into their first impressions: according to a study, around 80 percent of buyers will know if a house is right for them the minute they step inside. This means your curb appeal should be spot-on by sprucing up the outside of your home alongside your indoor improvements.
Before you begin the selling process, think about ways you can improve the exterior of your home. A few options are painting your front door, trimming trees, and tidying up your front lawn.
Keeping your house clean
Eventually, it’s likely that potential buyers will want to see you house in person. This can be done safely, so long as you follow some pandemic-oriented cleaning tips. First, be sure to wipe down commonly used items. You should be wiping down door knobs, cabinet handles, and closet door handles. Be sure to clean surfaces with a disinfecting spray both before and after a showing in order to keep your family and visitors safe.
Another key cleaning tip is to regularly sanitize your kitchenand bathroom. Both rooms are hot spots for germs, and are also areas that, when spotless, can really stand out for potential buyers. Use a disinfectant when cleaning these areas, and go the extra mile by making windows and mirrors shine to really impress buyers.
Keeping your home tidy
While you work on making both the outside and inside of your home sparkle, don’t forget about everyday tidying. With many families working and learning remotely during the pandemic, you should consider ways to keep clutter from building on a regular basis.
As you look around your house, be sure to identify what’s useful and what is clutter. I Deal Lifestyle will help you with this! As described in The Clutter Remedy: A Guide To Getting Organized For Those Who Love Their Stuff, you can do this by categorizing your belongings and determining what gets used, and what takes up space. You want to do away with the unused items, and find tasteful storage solutions for the items you want access to regularly.
For those who struggle with clutter on a large scale, the problem may run deeper: consider ways to deal with mental and emotional stress that may be contributing to your tendency to hold onto unused items.
As you get your home ready to sell, remember to boost its curb appeal as you keep the inside tidy and sanitized. Harness technology to help sell your home without unnecessary in-person tours, and remember to tidy up everyday after work in order for it to be ready for video tours or showings.
4 Tips for Organizing Workspace in Your Home or Business Office by Marla Stone
Having multiple people under one roof, in small or big spaces is a creative process. With covid sanitation and distancing in mind, it can easily be done with some great Feng Shui principles and space planning tips.
Don’t put desk up against the wall with back to entrance or front of room. Staring at a wall or even out a window, with back to entrance means events are always coming up behind your back, and things coming at you unexpectedly. It’s also poor space design. Placing your desk like the president’s desk, in the White House is the best position, with a bureau or shelves behind your desk. This is the power position. Also you can island your desk off any wall as long as you are facing the entrance or front of room. The desk can also face a wall as long as you see entrance or door of the room. The front of a room is always towards the front of the home or business main entrance. Also remember to not have your chair aligned with the entrance to a room. Too much airflow or energy coming at you from an open door is as much of a distraction as a view.
Remove fake plants and get real plants with a self watering system. Plants are an amazing oxygen source and inspires creativity and growth. Make sure as plants grow, you replant in larger pots to promote growth and strength. Fake plants suck energy and are dust collectors anyway. Also, decorate each workspace with uplifting artwork and tchotchkes. Understand your today taste and remove anything that looks sloppy, dated or
mundane. Having an aesthetically appealing look, for you, and your family, or coworkers creates ambience and inspiring work.
Stay focused for 30 minutes at a time. Set a timer for 30 minutes and remain dedicated to your homework, or business tasks. When you derail from your current project, the 30 minutes of time starts over. Getting up to go to the bathroom, eating or taking phone calls or spacing out is not staying on task. The timer will be reset when these interruptions occur. After 30 dedicated minutes end, always get up, stretch, go to the bathroom, eat and make personal phone calls, or kibitz with family or coworkers. Take 5-8 minutes in-between each 30 Minutes of focused work. Do whatever you like, in these off-minutes, yet always on your feet. This is very important for health reasons and you will avoid blood clots and poor circulation. These off minutes improve productivity and your energy and results in an increase in the creative work process.
Organize your space. Details of How to organize your office like a professional is found in The Clutter Remedy: A Guide To Getting Organized For Those Who Love Their Stuff - order now on home page of this blog.
Marla Stone, MSW -Remedy Strategist - Owner of I Deal Lifestyle Inc.
There are three clear steps to getting through #thenewabnormal
I don’t know about you, I’m not finding this new world we’re living in to be #thenewnormal. It is for me and my customers, #thenewabnormal
The new #corporateculture has been swished, swashbuckled and sanitized.
Here are three key outcomes for coping with #covidconsciousness, while going into your office or working from home:
1. You will be more comfortable choosing to mask or not.
2. You will you choose to live the most ideal lifestyle you can muster up, despite it all.
3. You will realize the answer to any angst you're experiencing is a stone’s throw away.
The first step for a great work / life balance, comes from inner sanctity and strength. Going with your #innervoice gets you to decide how to live in current #surreality. Deciding what helps you feel enthusiastic about your life, your loved ones and your work, instead of being trapped and depressed in your current state of mind, takes clear thinking, planning and drive.
When you’re hearing that this is #thenewnormal and you know it’s not, how will you handle change with grace and fortitude? The first step includes getting your own, personal convictions straight. Forming your own thoughts, and gathering your own information will give you stability. You always want to be informed correctly. Listening to your voice within, helps you gather your own well researched opinions about life.
Whether you decide to agree to obey regulations and requirements, or fight them is up to you. Yet, without a how and why about so many changes in the world, the unknown, for certain, will cause conflict across all areas of your life. Knowing your truth comes from within you, and following your dreams despite all the tumult, and understanding your goals and achievements, will keep you balanced instead of isolated, desperate and uncomfortable. The key is that inner happiness leads to outer happiness. It is that simple, and has been taught since time began.
The unknown mysteries of #covidconsciousness will creep up, causing sleep and appetite disturbances, irritability, decreased productivity and performance, with loss of motivation and focus. The covid #surreality will also cater to a whole new host of behavioral symptoms every employee and every employer does not want showing up at work, ever. Keeping your sanity, your self respect, and a kind side of you, uplifted, is of utmost importance.
Despondency, fear, panic, paranoia and obsessive thoughts can surface and be difficult to manage. Without support and healing to remedy these surly symptoms, your life dreams are forgotten. Getting help early, is a good idea when slipping down, at work or at home. How you cope is up to you. What interventions you use is at your discretion.
So, do you ignore everything in order to stay upbeat, relaxed and energetic? Do you perform #stayathome yoga, meditation, contemplation and chanting to get through #thenewabnormal ? Do you stayed glued to the mundane, droning, "zoomy," common culture of corporate work–life. Are you hinged to your desk or self motivated?
I suggest, self reliance and continuing to learn about your life and work interests, becoming an eternal optimist, instead of weighing out that everything will pass and go back to #theoldnormal ? Stay focused on the #thenewyou, while being relevant to your self, family, friends and work-life. It is more important than following the mentality and the ideas of world circumstances. You come first, and the world at large, is second. A fight for something great, and just always comes from thought, motivation and laborious movement. It is a work of art to change within and watch the world changing around you, simply from the conscientious decision to be purposeful.
Whatever you’re doing to self improve during difficult times, I know the second step to clarity and sanity is to get emotionally and physically decluttered. When emotions bundle up, spilling out into your #homeoffice, or at the workplace, no good work will be accomplished. When your physical #workspace is messy and awkward, no well thought out projects will turn out to be fulfilling, and or optimal.
Thirdly, to achieve your life and work goals change your language and include “I will” statements, instead of “I need” statements. The Changing Your Language course developed my me, will help you achieve your ideal life’s goals and visions, whatever realm they're in. The language program outlined in the book The Clutter Remedy: A Guide To Getting Organized For Those Who Love Their Stuff will help you realize what your actual needs are versus what you want and don't want in life.
Needs are air, food, water, shelter, sleep, elimination and sunlight, the seven things that keep you alive. Everything else is you want to do something or you don’t. You will or you won’t. Finishing projects, paying your mortgage, and communicating assertively, and professionally are not needs. You’ll either do them or not, despite all the tricks and barriers of our time.
It’s about inventing #thenewyou for #thenewtimes
Dealing Out A Better Way To Live
Learning New Skills
Communicate The Rules, Guidelines, Responsibilities and Consequences for Negative Behavior With Your Child, Formally
Your child thrives on knowing what is expected of them. They love boundaries. It tells them their safe.
Discussion & Signing
Next is discussing the Rules, Guidelines, Responsibilities and Consequences and getting feedback from each child individually. Then having them sign what is agreed upon.
During this difficult period of sequestering, kids can become easily distracted, unfocused and difficult or disrespectful. When they start to misbehave, act out and are having appetite or sleep disturbance it is a good idea to start fresh on the rules, guidelines of the house and their behavior, responsibilities and the consequences for negative behavior. Consequences are take aways such as no phone, video games or television.
To be fair to your child getting everything listed on a chart helps everyone to understand what is expected.
Create a Chart with headings below and create lists under each category.
RULES RESPONSIBILITIES CONSEQUENCES
ONCE THE LISTS ARE AGREED UPON, HAVE THE CHILD SIGN THEIR CHART.
Sharing Feelings About Negative Behaviors and Validating Your Child In A Respectful Way
USING ASSERTIVE COMMUNICATION BY SHARING FEELINGS AND VALIDATING YOUR CHILD WHEN NEGATIVE BEHAVIORS OCCUR WILL STOP BAD BEHAVIOR WITHIN WEEKS.
When your child breaks rules, doesn’t fulfill their responsibilities it is time to warn them about the consequences. Giving your child a warning before taking the phone, video games, or tv programs away is only fair. Using assertive communication is the way to do it. Using “I feel” statements followed by assertive communication as described in “The Clutter Remedy: A Guide To Getting Organized For Those Who Love Their Stuff” is the simplest way to stop bad behavior in its tracks.
The Clutter Remedy Assertive Communication Strategy
Creating Good Behavior
“When you tell a child they’re bad they will be bad. When you tell a child they’re good they will be good.” Marla Stone, MSW
The Clutter Remedy is a book I wrote to help people declutter negative emotions, clear and heal old wounds, and of course organize their homes and offices. The book shares easy strategies to stay organized and most importantly how to communicate as a family while sharing space respectfully. When there is inner chaos there will be outer chaos. The way a home is set up and kept is a reflection of the inner self.
In the book I describe a strategy for communicating in a way that will change negative behavior into positive behavior within a weeks time. It is uncanny how it works and very effective especially for children. Here are some positive and negative examples of what this will sound like. Imagine a parent and child in which the parent is frustrated by a mess that is largely made by the child. Using assertive language and validation, the frustrated parent can say:
I feel upset about the piles of paper all over the living room. I would like the papers to be moved elsewhere, so the living room remains neat. I know you are working hard and you are tired and have been working hard on your homework. I love you and know that you have good intentions and want an orderly home, too. In this example, the parent first describes their feelings using an “I” statement, rather than a “you” statement (such as, “you make me upset when . . .”). Using assertive language, the parent describes the reason for their feelings and the preferred outcome. Then they shift to validation: The parent expresses caring and understanding of the child, and validates the child’s good intentions. When a particular challenge can’t be immediately resolved, you will become more assertive in a respectful way and start to establish and maintain the boundaries and ultimately give out the consequences. Getting everyone on track and on the organizing train, and to be the conductor of their own life, takes insight, creative strategy, and know-how.
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While kids and employees are being sent home, business and schools are closing down and a dreary cloud of doubt, dread and disdain hovers over you instead of delight, hopefulness and acceptance watch yourself and your loved ones. Protect yourself, not only from this creepy Corona Virus, but from sadness and depression, despondency and devestation.
Watch yourself and your loved ones and those in passing for signs of depression which manifest as: appetite and sleep changes, isolation, hopelessness, irritability and rapid mood changes, thoughts of not having purpose or drive, decreased motivation to do things you usually love to do and most of all suicidal ideation. Watch over your elders, watch over your children and watch over your partner, friends and extended family. Check in regularly with those you care about and your neighbors. You want to make sure that they are safe and sound during this trying time.
Keep positivity in your heart to maintain your own stability and force in the world. The closing of schools and businesses should make your heart more open than ever to fun activities, love and harmony. Keep focused on keeping up with work and school assignments, and tune into brighter times ahead, and your dreams and your goals.
Keep sight of all that you love about life, bake cookies, move some furniture around, spruce up your garden. Get a new haircut, organize a desk drawer and your pantry, watch some comedy, and clear up chaos in your life and your space when that has been an issue for you. Working on clearing and healing old wounds that come up during this rough worldly dilemma is a great thing to focus on, since old trauma can color your current outlook on life in general. Ask yourself why have I carried these old burdens around for so long?
The important thing is to be calm and focused, settled and undisturbed, relaxed and feeling love inside and most of all getting good rest and nutrition.
All things shall pass. This is not the apocalypse and even if that is the worst possible scenario, that we are all going to die, let's do it gracefully, let's do it with dignity. Let's not do it knocking down someone at the supermarket over toilet paper and a pack of water.
Marla Stone, MSW, Professional Lifestyle Organizer and Author of The Clutter Remedy: A Guide To Getting Organized For Those Who Love Their Stuff
Getting Rid of The Box and the Boxed In Feelings by Marla Stone
The weirdest saying of all is "Think outside the box." Why would anyone want to think outside of a box? Boxes are so bulky and difficult to put together and take apart, plus they're not great for the environment. Boxes hide things from ourselves so much so we forget what we own, and what we cherish or abhor. Getting on top of a box, or what is called a "soap box" to air your point of view or postulate a belief was quite common in the old days, and now that's where a box can be useful, especially in today's world. Yet, simply thinking outside of a box makes no sense at all.
Boxes are the bane of many people's existence when they have been shoved, pushed around and remain unpacked or dealt with. That's why I don't suggest ever buying another box for the rest of your life especially when you move, unless of course you cannot afford the alternative, the clear plastic bin. In that case please don't purchase boxes. Go to Costco or Trader Joes or a local retail outfit and they will give you, for free perfectly good and clean boxes.
The most common way to pack for a move now is to use clear plastic bins which saves time and money compared to buying, putting together, marking up and taping, breaking down and disposing of boxes. Later, the plastic bins can be used for the garage, sold or donated after your move. Clear plastic bins are a great way to move everything especially when you will be storing things prior to re-locating. Also when you are going to have a storage unit, temporarily you can still see your stuff and have easy access during the moving process.
Having boxed in feelings such as stifled, drowning, trapped, and stalled does not lend to what I call an ideal lifestyle and that is what I want for you most of all. Not something close to ideal but ideal in a big way. When you don't live the life you dream about and you don't fulfill the goals you've set out for yourself it can lead to self disdain, bitterness, and a general hopelessness. This is no way to live. You can start to take out your feelings of self pity or woe on friends, family, co-workers and anyone you come across. Not okay!
You and only you will determine what you truly want out of life, how your home and office will be kept and what kind of stuff and people you keep around you. Having a criteria for what you want in your life including family and friends is important. Just like boxes you want to remove toxic, selfish and impudent people from your life. Live freely, open and most of all healthy and happy.
Marla Stone, MSW Professional Lifestyle Organizer and Author of The Clutter Remedy: A Guide To Getting Organized For Those Who Love Their Stuff
Do you know the difference between clutter and great stuff? Do you think clutter is a creature of habits, or just piles of stuff? However you look at clutter I know you don't want it all around you?
Clutter is in everyone's life, even if it's not messy or has become a mammoth amount. When you look through drawers, cabinets, closets you'll find it. Clutter is everything you own, that you don't fondle any longer, you no longer use it, and its been sitting around and ignored for years while good stuff is used, caressed and loved and adored.
The simple reason clutter collects and "clutter clusters" appear, year after year, is because you can't make up your mind about what is clutter and what is the good stuff to keep.
The only way to make heads or tails of clutter is to categorize everything you own first. Seeing all like with like and how much accumulation you have puts things into perspective. Then and only then will you see how much stuff has meaning or no meaning at all and you will be motivated to part with clutter once and for all. Although engaging in a processes of identifying emotional clutter is the first place to start.
Emotional Clutter is symbolic of things in your life that you disregard, ignore, and push around in your mind; all the things in life that bother you. Emotional clutter are symbolic of memories you have forgotten, things that you covered up, and experiences you don't want to acknowledge. When this happens emotions and negative feelings spill into and soil your physical environment. Your outer space becomes a reflection of your inner turmoil.
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Happy New Year 2019! You made it through the holidaze, yay! I suppose you created a New Year's resolution, correct? Well if so that's all great, but did you know if you're not really specific when writing out the resolutions, they may not stick. First, writing out your realizations from the year 2018 may be more helpful than you will ever realize! When you work on your realizations from the past year you will take inventory of all the great, good, and bad things that you experienced. Take a gander back into 2018 and see what worked and what did not work. To identify what you want to work on in this following year it is smart to know specific things to work on, so you're not just blowing smoke into the wind. When you realize things that went sour, or south, in 2018, it may be a good thing to work on specific behaviors to make sure you are going forward, instead of staying stuck, or at worst going backwards, down the rabbit hole again. You don't want to repeat the same mistakes or fumbles that created havoc in your life, again. Working on losing weight, drinking and eating less, finding a new job, writing a book, while all worthy causes, are so common that it may be more of a whim wish than a practical goal. Working on things that are measurable is much easier to achieve and will make you happier in the long run. Mending broken relationships, if they are with people that are very stable and supportive is a great idea. Working on repairing relationships with people who have never been supportive or helpful, bad idea.
The goal for resolutions is that they will solve things, and improve your everyday life. I think breaking up the resolutions quarterly may be a smarter choice than making big goals that you have an entire year to meet or not meet. So pick some grounded goals for the next 3 months. Achieve those goals and then make some more goals every 3 to 4 months. Breaking up the year and what you wish for in behavioral changes is much more practical than working on monumental achievements to be reached by the end of an entire year. It is a good idea to be kind to yourself even when you're not focusing and acheiving goals. Getting down on yourself will not be motivating for accomplishing anything.
Also, while being kind to yourself, be kind to others, but don't be a door mat either. Standing up to injustice or mistreatment is a strong willed behavior, and being strong willed is a good thing. When you cower to injustice you start to feel awful about yourself, and life. Choose jobs, people, friends and family that are supportive, have your back, and lift you up. Stay away from anyone that puts you down, or is not there for you.
The other things I recommend for 2019 is to do something different, and do something new, that you have never done before. Challenge yourself, not with risk taking or jumping out of plane, necessarily, but something that you've been saying you want to do, for a long time now,and do it!
Marla Stone, Author, Organizer and Creator of The Clutter Remedy™
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The holiday season brings many opportunities to give back to those in need. When trying to organize your home before guests arrive, use this chance to donate some of your unwanted things. After all, it’s a season of giving and there are plenty of ways your stuff can go to use again.
Any one of the charities below are a great place to give away your unwanted items! It can be difficult getting rid of things that you’ve held onto for a long time, but it makes it much easier when you know that it’s going to a good cause. If you have a number of small and large items to give away and don’t have a vehicle to haul it to a donation center, consider contracting a hauling service, such as 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Orange County that will donate your things before sending to a landfill. Although a paid service, it will save you the inconvenience of heavy lifting and driving to multiple donation centers.
Need help deciding what should stay or what should go? Let Marla, Professional Organizer, at i DEAL Lifestyle help you! You can Learn more about her decluttering techniques here.
From clothes to furniture, construction materials to knick-knacks, there’s a number of national and independent charity shops in Orange County. Use this guide to find out where your stuff can best be put to good use at.
Santa Ana ReStore - Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
Habitat for Humanity has a sterling reputation as a charity that gives back to the community and can be trusted to do more with the funds they raise. The Habitat ReStore's in orange county, a home improvement store by Habitat for Humanity, does that in some fairly clever ways.
Being a home goods store, ReStore can accept just about anything for donation. From furniture and appliances to doors and windows! It’s a great place to donate stuff when you’re remodeling or just clearing out unused items. People can then have access to home materials at a fraction of the retail price.
The wonderful thing about ReStores is that all the proceeds go towards Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, impacting the local community by helping homeowners build and upkeep affordable housing.
OC Goodwill Boutique
Located conveniently in downtown San Juan Capistrano, the OC Goodwill Boutique is a great place to donate smaller goods such as clothes and little knick-knacks that are lying about the house.
The drop-off door (located in the back of the store) is easily accessible and the staff is always super helpful and thankful for your donations!
Goodwill specializes in helping those with disabilities and other barriers to independence, and almost 92 percent of every dollar they raise goes towards their programs and services that help with that. It’s a fantastic charity and a great little treasure in Orange County.
This tiny little shop is a hidden gem tucked away in Placentia. They typically accept like-new clothing and knick knacks, which means you can also find some awesome treasures hidden within.
The proceeds from Charity’s Closet go towards funding H.I.S. House, a transitional living association assisting those who have been made homeless get back on their feet.
This is a great place to send any new or gently used items if you want to make sure they go to a good home, or just that their value isn’t wasted.
The Assistance League of Orange has many locations throughout orange county. Go to The Assistance League of Orange to find one near you. The Assistance League is your best choice to donate old uniforms as your kids outgrow them. Their friendly staff love helping children and low income families with uniforms, backpacks, school supplies, and more!
Instead of affiliating with any one charity, The Assistance League of Orange use their position to help out low-income families in Orange County and donate the rest of the proceeds to various local charities.
Once you visit this place, you’ll know your donations are going to good use. The clothes are being given to the people who need them most and the funds raised are assisting those in need in our own community.
The Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center
The Salvation Army has become a staple of American holiday culture in the past several decades. It’s gotten to the point where it’s difficult to imagine Christmas without thinking of some volunteer bravely facing the cold to ring a bell and advocate for donations for those in need.
Being such a large entity, in some cases they will utilize their network of trucks and volunteers to come to your home and pick up large donations. The Salvation Army will accept just about anything that’s in good condition and can be reused.
Located in Orange, their friendly staff make both buying and donating an enjoyable experience. Each donation made is tracked to make sure the donations and funds raised are go to places in need the most across America.
The American Cancer Discovery Thrift shops have two locations in Orange County. You can find high end furniture, home goods, and clothing at this boutique thrift shop. One shop is in Laguna Niguel and the other in Corona Del Mar.
Take the time this holiday season to shop, and help others out too.
Marla is known as the Declutter Your Strategy™ expert. Marla earned her BA in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work and is the founder of