New Year ~ Time to Clear The Clutter

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

The spirit of giving doesn’t have to end in December when the holidays are upon us.  It’s a new year and that means it’s time to declutter and make room for the new holiday toys and gifts the kids may have received.  Set aside some time to open that closet or lift the lid on that toy box and set a plan in motion:


Sort through the kids toy box for those toys that your children have outgrown but still have a lot of fun left in them.

Many of us have clothing in our closets that no longer fit, or that we simply haven’t worn in a while.  Clothing donations are always helpful, especially when the colder months are here.

These are just a couple of great ways to help share with others in your area.  A few organizations that can pick up items from your home are Goodwill Industries, Arms of Hope and The Ronald McDonald House.

Not only will you have a neater, cleaner home; but the feeling of helping others is one that can’t be beat.  And, what an example you’ll be setting for your children!

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Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
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Hi Gita,

So do we!

Jan 26, 2013 09:59 PM #16
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Barbara,

There is a great need at this time of year in some many communities..especially where the weather is so cold!

Jan 26, 2013 10:00 PM #17
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Larry & Shelia,

Great point..you are right!

Jan 26, 2013 10:00 PM #18
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Bobbie Smith
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Hi Dorie, Excellent idea and having recently started doing this myself it certainly gives you a good feeling too. You've cleaned out an area that needed it badly and donated items that many people need desperately.  It's a double goodie!

Jan 26, 2013 10:14 PM #19
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Adrian Willanger
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Dorie-this was one of my goals for the new year, thanks for the reminder. I have a closet full of coats that really should get used. I find purging good for the soul.

 

Best

Jan 26, 2013 11:29 PM #20
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Some of us without children also need to clear the clutter.  Very good suggestion for winter day action.

Jan 26, 2013 11:35 PM #21
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
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Dorie,

You've provided some excellent advice that can benefit so many. In the end it isn't a matter of having the most quanity of material things it's the quality of what we do with our time to give back to others who can benefit that truly matters.

Awesome and inspiring!

Jan 26, 2013 11:57 PM #22
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Dorrie,

This is excellent advice.  We did a good clearing out in December, and have already started a new pile.  It is amazing how many things we all accumulate.  One of these days, we are going to go through our storage and see what can be culled and donated. A

Jan 27, 2013 02:59 AM #23
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Bobbie,

It does give you a good feeling for sure to weed things out and re-purpose them!

Jan 27, 2013 03:38 AM #24
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Adrian,

You are most welcome..I started the other day and have 2 piles ready to go!!

Jan 27, 2013 03:39 AM #25
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
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Hi Roy,

You have that right!!!

Jan 27, 2013 03:39 AM #26
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Patricia,

Yes you are so right.

Jan 27, 2013 03:40 AM #27
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi guys,

It is amazing how much we can accumulate!!!

Jan 27, 2013 03:40 AM #28
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Bob Ratliff
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Hi Dorie, what a great way to give back, I had never heard of the "arms of hope" so I watched the video. The Chapel looks so inviting and rich, I love Medina we use to play them in sports when I lived in South Texas they usually would win. Great Advice have a beautiful day.

Jan 27, 2013 04:17 AM #29
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Bob,

The arms of hope is a wonderful way to give back..glad you stopped by today! Have a great Sunday!

Jan 27, 2013 04:21 AM #30
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Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
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Dore ....I learned a long time ago that MESS IS STRESS!

Nice post ....Have a great night in AUSTIN!

Jan 27, 2013 07:02 AM #31
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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
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Ah yes, the old clutter cleaning exercise.  If you have not worn an item of clothing for a year, out with it.  It is tough to do, but others are going to benefit and you can go out and buy new things, right!.

Jan 27, 2013 09:30 AM #32
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Kathy Streib
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Dorie- When I'm trying to clear out the excess, I remind myself of the needs of others and how perhaps what I pass on may be appreciated by others.  Clearing out your excess is good any time of the year but isn't it nice to begin the new year off feeling uncluttered. 

Jan 27, 2013 10:57 AM #33
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Debbie Reynolds
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Dorie, There is something about Januarys that makes me want to clean out and thin out to get ready for spring. Perhaps I think that will speed it along a little.

Jan 27, 2013 12:06 PM #34
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Joni Bailey
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You are the bomb! Thaks for the idea. I need to do one of these for a local resale shop whose proceeds (100%) go to a local women's ministry. GREAT IDEA! ♥ ♥ ♥

Jan 27, 2013 01:15 PM #35
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