With fall weather arriving any day now and all that entails from new routines and seasonal clothing swaps (let’s hear it for sweater weather!), we couldn’t be more pleased to announce our partnership as a preferred vendor with Garde Robe. They provide a modern solution to the age-old issue of having lots of clothes and not enough storage.
Letting go of items that have accumulated can be hard but many of our clients find it easier to let go of things if they know that those items can be donated and have a life and purpose with someone else. So, if you are looking to make donations for stuff that is accumulating in your home, check out our quick tips and the list below for some of our favorite donation spots in and around the city.
- Many organizations reserve the right to refuse pieces that are being donated so make a call if you aren't sure if a piece will work out. There is no point in bringing it across town only to have it be rejected.
- If time is on your side, some donation spots will come pick up your furniture and other items but this service is often booked up for weeks in advance so it isn't a great option if you need to get the stuff out of your home quickly.
- If you can't donate a piece or just don't want to deal with it, consider calling JunkLuggers who for a relatively reasonable fee will haul your stuff away without any fuss on your part. And, the good news is that they try to donate everything first so you don't have to worry about all of your stuff ending up in the garbage.
FOR BOOKS: Housing Works Book Store
Location: 126 Crosby Street, New York, NY
Accepts: Books, DVDs & CDs, LPs and Textbooks (less an 1 year old)
FOR WORK CLOTHING (WOMEN): Dress for Success
Location: Manhattan - 32 East 31st Street, 6th Floor New York, NY || Queens - 114-14 Jamaica Avenue
Richmond Hill, New York
Accepts: See full list of accepted items here
Note: Donations are accepted in Manhattan every third Saturday of the month and in Queens every second Saturday of the month. However, professional clothing in plus sizes (16-24) is in such high demand that they are accepted in the Manhattan location during the week as well as on donation Saturdays.
FOR WORK CLOTHING (MEN): Career Gear
Location: 125 Maiden Lane, 3B New York, NY
Accepts: See full list of accepted items here
Note: Donations are accepted in-person on six dates throughout the year so check their website before making a trip. However, donations can also be made via the mail if you are inclined to ship the items during times that fall outside of the donation day windows.
FOR CLOTHING & FURNITURE: Housing Works Stores
Location: Multiple locations around the city
Note: Furniture must be in excellent condition as determined by the shop manager
FOR CLOTHING, FURNITURE & HOUSEHOLD GOODS: Goodwill
Locations: Multiple locations around the city
Accepts: See full list of accepted items
FOR ART SUPPLIES, OFFICE FURNITURE AND HOUSEHOLD GOODS: Materials for the Arts
Location: Northern Boulevard between 33rd and 34th Streets, Long Island City, NY
Note: All donations must be approved before dropping them off. Please reach out to email@example.com or 718-729-2065 to confirm that they will take them.
FOR BABY THINGS: Room to Grow
Location: 7 West 30th Street, Floor 3 New York, NY
Accepts: All donations should be new or nearly new, clean and in truly excellent condition (click here for a list of acceptable items)
FOR OLD SHEETS AND TOWELS: Veterinary Offices & Animal Shelters
Note: Many veterinary offices and even animal shelters will accept donations of old sheets and towels to help line the cages, etc. so try making a call to one of your local spots when deciding where to donate them.
What are your favorite donation spots in and around the city?
Living in New York City often means that you have to get creative with your storage and space. This week we were organizing a bathroom that had shallow built-in shelves -- less than three inches wide -- and we needed to find a storage solution for beauty products. Our client didn't have a huge collection but she had enough that we had to put a little thought into it.
After much deliberation and a trip through the Container Store, we were able to create a beauty storage hack that we loved so much we wanted to share it with you. This idea or something like it can easily be recreated for other small spaces in almost any room so read on if you are in need of a small space storage fix.
We love using these narrow storage bricks. They are the perfect solution for small, narrow spaces since they are under three inches wide.
These pods are perfect for when you need to eke out extra storage in a cabinet as they can adhere to almost any smooth surface without damage.
Using these two products, we able to create a self-contained make-up storage solution that fits in even the narrowest of spaces. To recreate it yourself, use the Like-It bricks as the foundation and stick the StickOnPods to the bricks for extra storage.
How do you store your beauty products with limited space?
As organizers in New York City, we are used to the small and sometimes oddly shaped spaces that New Yorkers call home (ourselves included!). From irregular sized cabinets to no cabinets, we have seen and organized it all but part of our success is due to the items we use that help maximize the space. While this may not be one of our more traditional organizing posts, this is a shout out to a few of the products that make our job a little easier.
We love using these stackable bins in tight spaces like on top of a bathroom medicine cabinet. They can store and hide an array of toiletry items and, since they are only 2 and 5/8 inches wide, they can fit almost anywhere.
Recently, we have come across shallow desk drawers that don't accommodate standard organizing trays. Initially it was a little frustrating but then we found these relatively inexpensive drawer organizers that clock in at only 1 and 3/4 inches so now tidying almost any drawer is a breeze.
These removable broom grippers are a lifesaver in small spaces that don't have a household closet. We use them in hidden corners and along side refrigerators to make storing brooms, mops and/or Swiffers easier and, in the long run, damage-free since there is no drilling required.
What products do you use to make living in small spaces easier?