What to do with all your stuff…

I get asked this a lot — I have all this stuff I don’t want — now what!

First, congratulations for clearing out the unwanted items.  Second, this should be the easy part.  Third, don’t make this into several projects for yourself.

The mistake I see most people make is getting bogged down with what to do with their stuff.  If you think something has value, then research it on eBay.  If it is worth more than $50, sell it; if not, then donate it.  Pick 2-3 charities/places that you would like to donate and be done with it.

Don’t fret over finding the perfect match for everything.  Why?  Because that stuff will never leave your house!  You will have wasted all that precious time and energy clearing it out — to sit in the floor “waiting” for a home.  Get it out — now! 🙂

With that said — here are some suggestions on what to do with all your unwanted stuff.

*Computers:  Erase personal data before selling or donating.  Try the Eraser software (eraser.heidi.ie).

SELL IT

  • Ebay
  • Craigslist
  • Amazon (great for books)
  • Gazelle (buy used electronics)
  • Consignment stores
    • Name brand clothing (yes, Talbots. no, Target)
    • Home goods in excellent condition

TRADE IT IN

  • Best Buy
    • Electronic devices (computers, cameras, Blu-ray players)
    • Start the process online
    • Drop off: prepaid mailer or in-store.
    • Receive an electronic gift card for value.
    • Best Buy erases your data before disposing of it.
  • Target
    • Electronic devices (phones, cameras, tablets, iPods, GPS units, etc)
    • Drop off: prepaid mailer or in-store
    • Receive Target gift card for value.
  • RadioShack
    • Electronic devices (similar to above)
    • Drop off: in-store
    • Apply value to a purchase or receive a gift card.
  • Apple
    • iPads, iPhones, iPods, computers (any brand)
    • Receive a gift card for value (only for items that can be reused).
    • If item cannot be reused, then Apple recycles.
  • Kodak
    • Cameras (all brands), camera accessories, printers
    • Drop off: prepaid mailer
    • Receive check for value
    • Will give you recycling options

DONATE IT

  • Goodwill
  • Salvation Army
  • National Cristina Foundation
    • Will find an organization that can use your computer, printer, cameras, fax machine, etc
    • Group will arrange pickup or drop off with you
  • The Kidney Foundation
  • Classroom Central
    • Charlotte, NC
    • Paper supplies, pens, pencils, stickers, etc
    • Teachers purchase these supplies at a deep discount.
  • Humane Society/Dog Rescues
    • Gently used blankets, towels, comforters
    • Use them for dog bedding
  • The National Furniture Bank Association
    • Gently used beds, dressers, tables, chairs, couches, lamps
  • Dress for Success
    • Larger skirts, pant suits, blouses, blazers, jackets, shoes
    • No men’s clothing, accessories, sportswear, or casual items
  • Soles4Souls
    • New or gently used shoes
    • Will even take singles
  • iLoveSchools
    • New or gently used notebooks, binders, art supplies, and backpacks
  • Bags4Kids
    • Backpacks, duffels, and tote bags

I know this list is long and probably overwhelming — so pick 2 to 3! 🙂

Stella & Dot {Jewelry}…

As I have said over & over…& over, I don’t own a lot of any one thing.  Jewelry is included in that category.  Not sure if this is because I’m too cheap {yep, I admit it} or because I hate to shop {*gasp*}.  Or because….nevermind…not the point. 😉

I recently attended a Stella & Dot jewelry party.  I was invited by the host to showcase jewelry organizing ideas.  Well, I kinda got sucked into the jewelry {totally not the plan}.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces. 🙂

SERENITY SMALL STONE PENDANT ($59)

SERENITY SMALL STONE DROPS ($34)

PIPPA NECKLACE ($69)

PIPPA EARRINGS ($49)

CAPRI CHANDELIER EARRINGS ($49)

MADELINE PEARL NECKLACE ($94)

IPHONE CASE ($29)

Lovely, right? 🙂  I might have to work some of these into rewards for my resolutions/goals. 😉

Until next time…

Momma, Happy Mother’s Day!

Graduation 2010

My mom deserves a big hug, kiss, thank you, and more for being my mother.  I know it hasn’t been easy … an only child who is rather independent can be a handful … at times.  😉

If I had a dollar for every time someone said, “You look just like your mom”, I would be a millionnaire.  It is no denying who my mom is.

My mom made me who I am today … yes Dad did too … but it isn’t Father’s Day.

I get it from my momma … I get it honest.  A lot of things.  Good looks.  Smile.  Attitude. 😉

Older picture – but one of my faves. 🙂

I’m not sure when “friend” was added to our relationship … but my mom is definitely my friend.  I call her to talk about anything and everything.  I try not to call too much … I don’t want to wear her out and she is a busy woman afterall!

Unconditional love and support is all anyone can ever ask for.  And it is exactly what I got as a child and now as an adult.

Thank you Mommy for everything that you have done for me and the love and support that you continue to shower upon me!  I ♥ You. 🙂

Celebrate Good Times…C’mon!

Happy Saturday everyone!

I am off to celebrate two beautiful ladies graduation today.  🙂

Katy Kosachenko Rust — MPA — Class of 2012

Katy and I have been friends since 9th grade.  She thought I was the weirdest kid in Math class.  It’s quite possibly true that I was.  I don’t know many kids who sit in the front row … dying to answer every question … with their legs indian crossed … stuffed in the desk.  I loved math, and was weird. 🙂  I’m glad she gave me a chance to explain my quirkiness. 😉

Leticia Foster — MBA — Class of 2012

Leticia and I met through the MBA program at UNC-Charlotte.  I was assigned as her mentor for the first semester.  Little did I know she would become such an amazing friend! 🙂

Congratulations ladies on your amazing accomplishment! 🙂

It’s a Family Tradition…

Well I’m back and in business.  Raymond and I got back from the family vacation late yesterday.  What a week!

All but 2 got sick with some stomach virus…myself included.  I haven’t been that sick in years!  When you are ready to go home from the beach, you know you don’t feel well.

We had nice weather which allowed for long walks and long talks.  I love having big conversations with Raymond.  He is wiser than he realizes.

Shacked up in a condo with 6 adults and a baby was…different.  Especially considering 4 of us were sick.

Needless to say … I’m happy to be home!

There’s no place like home! 🙂

What’s It Like…

“What is Los Angeles like?”  L.A. is — over capacity.  It is full.  It is vibrant.  It is Southern California at it’s best — from Jennifer’s perspective.  There are people and houses as far as the eye can see.  Cars for miles.  Driving is tricky.  Parking is trickier.

“What is it like producing a commercial?”  I’m not 100% sure because I was there to help produce a web commercial — web videos.  What that was like — amazing.  I tried not to be “the little southern girl who was shell shocked”.  Smile and be yourself.  Raymond’s infamous advice. 🙂

I arrived “on set” last Thursday to do what I agreed to do.  The set was a house.  A lovely two bedroom house in Venice, California.  Who’s house was it?  No clue!  I had no idea that there is an entire business and industry dedicated to renting homes for production purposes.

The production team went to work.  “Kraft Food Services” was out back cooking up breakfast and whipping up anything you could ever need to get the day started.  I was inside getting my makeup done.  The wardrobe stylist was busy steaming my outfit.  People were whirling all around!

“Jennifer, I think we are ready for our first shot.” -Director

Game time folks!  Have I ever memorized lines before?  Um — no!

Have I ever delivered said memorized lines into camera with large lights and 20 people staring at me?  Um — no!

Game time.  Smile.  Smile bigger.  Be friendly!

The day whirled on from start to finish.  7:30am to 8pm.  “That’s a wrap!”

Never have I ever — experienced such a thing.  I hope I get a chance to do more — it is addicting!

Stepping down from Cloud 9 took a couple of days.  Not sure I’m down all the way. 🙂

Little Miss Sweet Tea Goes Coast-to-Coast…

“Little Miss Sweet Tea” is my nickname from an organizing buddy…thanks Sandra. 😉

I left Charlotte this morning for a week long trip to Myrtle Beach.  Raymond and I were enjoying lunch at Hamburger Joes when he said, “Coast to coast in one week!”  I will cheers to that! 🙂

Thank you all so much for the emails, phone calls, messages, and facebook posts about the Los Angeles trip!  It was simply amazing.  I thought I would take some time to share with you the details. 🙂

Wednesday, May 2nd

  • 3:30am – Up and at ’em
  • 5:30am – Arrive at airport, check baggage
  • 5:40am – Some random guy makes a pass at me and asks me to coffee.
  • 5:50am – Still in line for security.  Random guy is still talking to me about his entire life story.
  • 5:53am – Security pulls me aside for further inspection.  My Command Hooks require additional search and X-Ray.
  • 5:54am – I am thanking the good lord upstairs for thorough security guards.  I was able to shake the creepy coffee guy.
  • 6:30am – Board first flight of the day.  Charlotte to Atlanta
  • 7:55am – Land in Atlanta.  Man that was fast!
  • 8am-10am – Kill time in Atlanta airport.  On the hunt for Starbucks and breakfast!  Fell asleep at gate, started snoring!
  • 10am – Board second flight of the day.  Atlanta to Los Angeles.
  • 10am-1:30pm(PST) – Slept like a baby on plane.  Ladies & Gentlemen, Welcome to Los Angeles.
  • 2:00pm – Rehearse scripts for next day’s commercial
  • 2:30pm – Grab luggage and rental car
  • 2:45pm – Driving to downtown Los Angeles listening to jazz
  • 3:00pm – Good and lost in downtown Los Angeles.  Good and lost!
  • 3:30pm – Arrive at Hawthorne Direct.  Walk into conference room full of people.  Oh my — big girl pants on, ready to meet and greet!
  • 3:40pm – Wardrobe fitting and modeling for client and agency.
  • 5:00pm – Off to nail salon in downtown.  Good and lost…again.
  • 5:45pm – Late for nail appointment!  Crud!
  • 6:30pm – Off to Venice Beach to meet the ladies from 3M for dinner.  Cool swanky spot called “Hotel Erwin”.
  • 7:00pm – Good and lost in Venice Beach.  No directions — no phone.  Oh..crap!
  • 7:30pm – Got directions from very upstanding couple in Venice Beach.  Found Hotel Erwin!
  • 8:00pm – Dinner with the 3M ladies! 🙂
  • 9:00pm – Found my hotel — time for sleep!  Wait…where is my face wash and toothpaste?!
  • 9:15pm (that would be 12:15am EST) – time for bed!  Holy guacamole…what a day! 🙂

And that was just day 1. 😉