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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.