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Decorating for Fall and Donating Old Decor

As the local stores fill up with Halloween costumes and spooky decorations, it’s a great time to give your home a little fall makeover. As you’re swapping out summer décor and making your home cozy, it’s also a perfect opportunity for donating old decor and outdated furniture you no longer like. Here are some tips to make your home fabulous for fall:

 

  1. Traditionally the autumn color palette is rich with a variety of oranges, bronze, green and maroon. If you resist decorating because oranges and reds aren’t your thing, be daring and spice up your fall décor with a punch of deep purple, olive, amber or hunter green. The trend in home decorating is very neutral right now, so you can even find plenty of white, cream and gray fall decorations if that’s more your thing.
  2. The first thing visitors notice is your door, so it’s great to greet them with a beautiful welcoming wreath. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Keep it simple. Natural materials such as wheat and burlap with a few berries or leaves can bring a beautiful, warm, earthiness to your front door.
  3. While you’re dressing up your entryway, a few mums in tin or galvanized metal pots can make your porch feel festive.
  4. Inside, a beautiful, soft cable knit throw can bring a cozy feel to your living room. It’s still really warm in South Florida, but you can definitely snuggle up when the a/c is too chilly.
  5. Adding some plaid to your décor definitely makes for fall feels. You can add a few plaid or flannel throw pillows to your couch or chairs. 
  6. You can use lots of natural materials and things you find in thrift stores to set a beautiful fall dining table. Try incorporating a burlap runner, plaid napkins of other accents, and metallic chargers for a welcoming autumn look. 
  7. Don’t wait for Christmas to dress up your mantle. You can carry the plaid and metallic theme from the table into the living room by adding beautiful mercury glass candlesticks and balancing that shimmer with a plaid runner, and some miscellaneous gourds and pumpkins—there is nearly always a bin of real ones at the grocery store and artificial ones at the craft store.

Don’t forget to schedule 9Pickup to pick up the things you no longer want. See here for an extensive list of acceptable items.  Donating old decor has never been this easy!

Unfortunately 9Pickup is currently unable to pick up the following household items through local area pickups: Dishwashers, Wall Units, Large TV’S, Paints & Chemicals, Water beds, Cleaning Solvents

What To Do With An Old Sofa

Don’t know what to do with an old sofa?

Redecorating your home can be a fun and exciting time. It can be a great experience to channel your inner Chip and Jo as you figure out whether to go with mid-century modern furniture or farmhouse chic style. However, deciding what to do with your current outdated or worn-out couches and other furniture can be challenging. In some places, you can kick your old sofa to the curb and it will be gone in minutes. Unfortunately too often old couches add to the waste in landfills and can end up leaching dangerous chemicals into the environment.

Old Sofa Ideas

Repurpose it: Maybe you’re just tired of your old couch but it still has a lot of life left in it. Try having your sofa professionally cleaned or investing in slipcovers. Maybe it’s as simple as adding a cashmere throw and some colorful pillows.

Move it: Maybe you’re redecorating your living room, but you hadn’t considered that the old sofa could be used in your basement, family room, garage or spare bedroom. Just don’t put it on your front porch—unless it’s enclosed.

Sell it: Lots of people are looking for a good deal on secondhand furniture. If your sofa is sturdy and stain-free, consider putting it up for sale on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. And if it’s not in great shape, you can always just offer it for free. One person’s trash is another’s treasure.

Reupholster it: Maybe you really want a new look but you can’t afford a new couch. You can try giving your sofa a facelift with new upholstery. You can find a professional or try your hand at doing it yourself with the help of YouTube or Pinterest.

Recycle it: Most sofas can be broken up into pieces and recycled. Most of the pieces including wood, cotton fabric, foam core, and springs can all be taken to recycling facilities.

Donate it. Charity organizations often take upholstered furniture that is in gently used or almost-new condition.
Call 1-888-9-PICKUP to see if your furniture is eligible for our pickup program. Once you’ve confirmed 9Pickup will accept your goods, you can schedule for a pickup online or by phone. To register online, click here to complete the form to schedule a local pickup. Once you have submitted your pickup request, you should receive a confirmation by email or phone.

Charities Helping Kids

When a generous spirit or concern for a friend or family member in need motivates you to make a financial or material donation to a charity, it’s important to make sure that your charitable donation will be put to the use you intended.

If you want to use your resources to help children, for instance, how can you be sure that your donation will actually be used for that? Unfortunately, not all charities are created equal. Scammers use social media daily to portray themselves as a reputable charity. Even more despicable are those who use other people’s tragedies to line their own pockets.

Armed with this knowledge, do your due diligence before hitting that “Donate Now” button. Unfortunately, even charities with good intentions can be poorly run, resulting in mismanagement of donations. In other words, your contribution might not reach its intended recipients or purpose.

So what can you do to make sure that your donations to help kids are actually used to help kids?

Pick a charity that feels right and research their mission and goals. Whether you’re choosing a large international organization or a local charity, make sure that their goals align with your intended contribution.

Once you find one that is working to support children, figure out how you can partner with them to reach a specific goal. Can you donate clothing or food to help children who’ve been orphaned? Can you work with children in foster care as a mentor or big brother/big sister? Can you donate your time to tutor or read to older children with learning disabilities or rock babies who were born addicted to drugs? Can you donate money to support scholarship funds for children who excel academically but don’t have the financial means to further their education?

As a donor, it’s up to you to ask important questions before you donate your time, resources, or goods. At 9Pickup, we’re happy to answer any questions you might have about our mission and services, and we’re happy to pick up your donations and use them to support local children through our partnership with Networking to Help Children.

11 Yard Sale Tips

Yard sale season is in full swing. Maybe you’ve just cleaned out your shed and attic and want to try to make a few bucks before scheduling 9pickup to come and scoop up your excess. Or maybe you have spent too much time at Community Thrift stores and you’ve run out of room. Whatever your motivation to hold a yard sale, here are some yard sale tips to make it successful.

Yard Sale Tips

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Use folding tables to display your merchandise. When your items are organized and well-presented, they’re more likely to sell.

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Obviously clean items will always sell better. Wipe down furniture or sticky glassware, and only sell clothing that’s been laundered recently and free of stains. You might even want to spritz old camping equipment or curtains or bedding with Febreze. You can give antique furniture a quick shine with Pledge. Don’t go overboard though—you’re unlikely to make enough to justify investing in a huge amount of prep and polishing

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Place large desirable sale items such as furniture and seasonal items close to the end of your yard or driveway. This can catch the eyes of drivers going by and draw them into your sale.

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Place like items together. This helps shoppers looking for specific items and makes it more likely for them to buy multiple pieces.

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Keep small, fragile, and valuable items close to your checkout area in order to keep an eye on them.

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Display adult and big kid clothing items on hangers and arrange by size. It looks neater and is easier for shoppers to look through. Also, it will save you having to refold or rearrange items to make your display look nice.

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Fold and stack baby items and arrange by size.

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Keep an outlet or extension cord handy in case a customer wants to test an item to make sure it works.

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Don’t sell dirty, stained or broken merchandise.

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Rearrange and straighten merchandise during downtime to make it look nice for the next round of shoppers.

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Remove all NON-SALE items from your yard or garage sale area. If you don’t people will try to buy your hose, potted plants, folding chairs, even your dog.

And just a reminder, that whatever you don’t sell you can donate without even lifting a finger! Call 1-888-9-PICKUP or visit us at 9pickup.com to schedule a FREE pick-up!

Tips to Cleaning Out Your Shed

A shed is the perfect place to store outside tools, lawnmowers, pool and beach equipment, and seasonal décor. But if you let it get overrun with things you no longer need, you might not be able to reach those things when you do need them. Is your shed so filled with stuff you don’t use that you can’t find things you really need? Is it so disorganized that your Christmas decorations are sitting on top your beach chairs? Are you storing bikes and tricycles that your kids outgrew years ago? If you answered yes to any of these questions it’s time to clean out that shed and make your storage space work for you. Below are step-by-step tips to cleaning out your shed.

Step by Step Tips to Cleaning Out Your Shed

1. Remove Unwanted Items

Remove unwanted items such as outgrown toys, bikes, sporting equipment, and Uncle Harry’s golf clubs. Drag out unused tools and appliances, old furniture, and items that you can no longer identify or are moth-eaten from years in the shed. Sort these items into those that can be salvaged, recycled, repurposed, donated, and trashed.

2. Deep Clean

Now it’s time to clean. Knock down the cobwebs, wipe off the dust and give the floor a good sweeping. Whip up an easy household cleaner from water and white vinegar to rid your shed of mold and mildew—you don’t want to use harmful chemicals in a small area where you’re likely to inhale dangerous fumes.

3. Organization Prep

Sort tools and install pegboards and hooks on the wall. No more searching through bins and on the floor when you want to start a home improvement project.

4. Organize

Organize your stuff by seasons and type. Put decorations into clear totes clearly marked with what holiday they’re used for. Group the beach, pool and boat gear together, and designate an area for the mower, weed-wacker, blower, and other lawn tools.

These are just a few steps you can take to quickly clean your shed and more fully utilize this space. Who knows, you might just clean out enough space for your own little man-cave or craft room.

If you’re looking for a convenient way to donate any of the items you cleaned out, 9Pickup is your answer. Schedule a local pickup of South Florida donations by filling out the form online or by calling 1-888-9-PICKUP.

Some of the items we accept that you might find in your shed clean up are:

Bicycles Boating Equipment Camping Equipment Golf Clubs Life Jackets Marine Electronics Marine Equipment Marine Supplies Skates (all Types)

Skis (all Types) Scooters Tricycles

BBQ Grills (w/o Propane Tank) Outdoor Dining Sets Patio Chairs

Where to Donate Clothing

As we head into Spring, it can only mean one thing: Spring Cleaning! And as we prepare to tackle all those projects we’ve been neglecting, many of us struggle with the same question: Where to Donate Clothing?

Donating your clothing is a really great way to accomplish many things. First off, it’s a great way to get rid of clothing that you probably haven’t even worn in quite some time. Most of us have those skinny jeans we keep telling ourselves we’ll someday squeeze back into, or that jacket that you’re just waiting for the perfect occasion to take it out of the dry cleaning plastic it’s been housed in for the last 6 years. By learning where to donate clothing, you can clean out your closets, save some space and make room for something new!

Another great goal that can be accomplished simply by donating your used clothing is that you’re providing options for people who may not currently be in a situation to afford new, name brand clothing. Lots of folks depend on lower cost clothing readily available at places like Community Family Thrift, which has locations in Hialeah, Boca Raton and North Miami. By knowing where to donate clothing, you’re helping many less fortunate people get into clothes they may not otherwise be able to afford.

One of the best benefits of knowing where to donate clothing is that a portion of the proceeds goes to help children in need. Networking to Help Children is an amazing non-profit organization that was started in 2009. Just donating your clothes can help the kids who need it most!

As you can see, possessing the knowledge of where to donate clothing comes with many benefits. By calling 9Pickup and scheduling a FREE pickup, you can accomplish so much! You’re helping to re-stock the Thrift store that so many people frequent, you are helping to fund several charities and non-profits designed to help children in need, AND you are decluttering your house and making room in your closet for new clothes.

If you’re looking where to donate clothing, contact 9Pickup today to schedule your FREE pickup. You can schedule your pickup online at www.9pickup.com or call them directly at 1-888-9-PICKUP

How to Claim Donated Items on Your Tax Return

Another gift of giving is being able to claim the donation on your tax return.

As you gather your documents for tax prep, remember to itemize deductions on your federal tax return. This way you can claim charitable deductions for items you donated.

According to the IRS, you can deduct the fair market value of clothing, furniture, shoes, household goods or other items you’ve donated. Fair market value is the price a buyer would be willing to pay for the item and is based on the condition of the item. It’s illegal for charities to tell you what your donations are worth, but you can determine the fair market value of your items by referring to the guides available from the IRS. Additionally, these guides can help you figure out which organizations qualify for charitable contributions deductibles, how much you can deduct, what records and receipts you need, and more.

When making a monetary donation using cash, check or credit card, make sure you keep a copy of your receipt with the date, amount and name of the organization, just in case of an audit.
Non-cash donation regulations apply to deduction claims of more than $500 of clothing, furniture, and more. Non-cash claims of more than $5000 (such as in the case of a donated vehicle) require additional documentation that can be found on the IRS website under Tax Forms.

If counting a donation for which you received a gift in return, remember that your donation is the amount you gave minus the merchandise you received.

Finally, when calculating donations, be sure the donation took place in the tax year for which you are filing. While you can try to dig up your 2018 receipts, don’t rush to donate a bunch of stuff now to get a tax break this year. But do keep in mind that a donation now will benefit you next April.

Whether you’re simply tidying up your space or looking for a tax break for next year, let 9Pickup’s home pickup service take your unwanted or unused items. Call 1-888-9-PICKUP or fill out the convenient online form to schedule your pickup today.

Networking to Help Children

Networking to Help Children, Inc. is a non-profit organization started in 2009 by David Chirico, realtor and networking professional, as a way to use his networking skills to match charities with business philanthropists. Chirico’s charity donates to a different cause every month—specifically, those benefiting children,  those suffering from hunger or addiction, abused and at-risk persons and other afflicted people in the community.

To date, Networking to Help Children has raised about $120,000 for selected charities such as Speak up for Kids of Palm Beach County, ChildNet, Girls on the Run, Easter Seals, Friends of Foster Children, Junior Achievement of The West Palm Beaches and many more. While remaining focused on its original mission: Support local and national charities through financial backing and volunteering time and skills, Networking to Help Children is always on the lookout for new charities to support.

How can you get involved? If you are part of a charity that benefits children or works toward the alleviation of hunger, addiction, or abuse or the prevention or cure of chronic illness located or doing business in Palm Beach County, FL, you can apply to be the “charity of the month.”

Additionally, in order to reach these goals and continue the great work they’re so passionate about, Networking to Help Children, is always looking for additional businesses and donors who are willing to support their efforts and spread the mission at their monthly events. Want to donate? Networking to Help Children has partnered with 9PICKUP to accept your tax-deductible donations. Networking to Help Children, a 501(c)3 nonprofit can re-sell these goods and use the proceeds to help charities, especially those that are dedicated to solving issues with local youth.

9Pickup will pick up clothing, jewelry, furniture, gently used household goods, small appliances and much more. Visit their website to check out a list of acceptable items and schedule your pick up today. Or you can call them at 1-888-PICKUP.