Clutter eats equity

Spring is in the air. After every frigid snow event we end up with temperatures in the 50’s. Time to start the spring-cleaning process. Clutter eats equity. An overly cluttered house will look and feel smaller. It may even give you an uneasy, unsettled feeling. In some cases, you may even feel buried alive surrounded by mountains of stuff.

Create piles to keep, offer to friends and family, sell, donate and trash. Some items are garbage. Do not give your garbage to donation sites. Take it to the curb for trash removal or dump. If it is excessive, you may want to hire a professional clean out service.


The Donation List

By paying it forward it will help you move forward whether you are preparing your house for sale or just want to live more comfortably. This list was complied by suggestions of readers and attendees of my classes. To add your organization to the list, Click here to e-mail me. Every donation location has restrictions of what items are accepted. Contact them directly for more information.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh ReStore

38 South Plank Road, Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 565-1789
Open WED – SAT 10AM-5PM



Benefits Cornerstone Family Healthcare
Cornwall Plaza
45 Quaker Avenue, Suites 100 and 104, Cornwall, NY 12518
Phone: 845-458-8313
Store hours: Tuesday 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday, Wednesday, Friday 10am – 6pm, Sat: 10am – 4pm,


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County

P.O. Box 426 / 148 Temple Hill Road, Vails Gate, NY 12584-0426,
(845) 562-5900,


Walden Fire House

or check out your local firehouse


Pets Alive

(or any local animal shelter or Humane Society)
towels, blankets, cleaning supplies


Newburgh Free Library:

Friends of Library, make an appointment


Veterans Pick Up:

Scheduling online or buy phone and they come to your house with a truck and take it away. This service has been life saving before and after my move.


Thrall Library Used Book Store Used Book Store

is located next to Middletown Thrall Library
11-19 Depot Street, Middletown, NY 10940.
(845) 344-1255
Call about donating large quantities of books.
Hours: Tues: 12-5pm, Wed: 12-5pm, Sat: 10-4pm


Bloomingdeals Resale

Benefiting Hudson Valley SPCA
436 Blooming Grove Turnpike, New Windsor, NY 12553, 561-3180


RECAP, Inc.,

is a private not-for-profit services to seniors, veterans, and victims of domestic violence those living with HIV/AIDS and individuals and families living below the poverty line. We accept a variety of donations: Gently used towels, sheets, and comforters. Curtains, curtain rods, bed frames, gently used small appliances (microwave, iron, teapot, coffee makers), lamps, accessories, and art. When a family is moving, we can sometimes accept bigger pieces. In general: we always accept new socks, underwear, bras, shampoo (all hair types), feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant and household cleaning supplies.

40 Smith Street, Middletown 845-342-3978


Thrift Shop -United Presbyterian Thrift Shop

25 Orchard Street, Middletown NY. Donations help the community of Middletown. We support the St. Margaret’s Guild Soup Kitchen, The warming Station, pastoral counseling, breast cancer research, etc.

25 Orchard Street, Middletown NY. Open Tues, Wed, Thurs, 10:00 -3:00pm.