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10 Ways to Get Organized in 2020

The new year is here, and that means that we have a new year to start all over again. Whatever issue we had in 2019 can stay there. If you are looking for help to get more organized this year, then this is the article for you. In this article you find an outline of ten ways you can get organized the year. Let 2020 be the year that you become a better and more organized person. The person who prepares for the worst lives the best life they can.

Set Your Goals For 2020

By setting goals, either through writing them down in a journal or on your smart device, what you do is prep your mind for what it is that you are looking to have and gain this new year. Visualizing this, through writing it down, will help your subconscious place you in situations that will help you reach specific goals. Setting goals is what makes successful people successful. They see what they want before they get it. This is a skill that you will need to use if you are looking to be more organized this year. Let 2020 be the year you crush.

Hold Yourself Accountable (Be Hard On Yourself)

This may not be the easiest method on this list; however, it is one of the most important. It helps if you start to see yourself as a parent and a child. And it helps if you do this simultaneously. What do I Mean? It would be best if you were to treat yourself like a loving parent. Just as you would not want your kid to be unsuccessful in life, you should want the same thing for yourself. By being hard on yourself, you will live a much more comfortable and simpler life.

Reward Yourself (Do This When You Have Reached A Milestone)

When you have accomplished a particular goal, reward yourself. You deserve it. Achieving goals is a great thing, and by rewarding yourself, you place your mind and consciousness in an area where you will want to keep on accomplishing new goals.

Set Alarms (Be More Aware Of Time)

Time is all we have. Learning to manage your time more effectively will give you so much more time to do other things. What successful people do is use their time as productively and effectively as possible. When you learn to have better control of your time, you will start to see significant changes in your life. By waking up earlier, coming to work earlier, or starting your projects earlier, you will begin to see monumental changes in your life.

Invest In a Planner

This complements our previous method. By having a planner, you will better manage your life so that you can be more successful.

Having a planner helps you better control the day that you have ahead of you. Most people allow the day to control them. Whatever life throws their way, they just accept. But by planning what YOU want to do, you control the day.


Decluttering your life means removing things in your life that are taking up too much of your time. And this method may hurt many of you, but if you want to get your life back on track, you will need to do these things.


  • Old clothes you aren’t using (No need to horde)
  • Old Friendships that have waned
  • Old relationships (love interest) that have gotten toxic
  • Family members who only want to stay stagnant

This part will probably be the most difficult, but it is one of the most transformative methods that you will have to undergo in order to live the life that you want.

Create Weekly and Monthly Goals

Create weekly goals that you accomplish will do wonders for your self-esteem. The feeling of accomplishing something is fantastic. By sticking to weekly goals, you will better be strengthening your will so that you can later achieve your monthly goals. The more you accomplish goals, the easier it will be to start changing your life for the better.

Learn and Practice Saying “NO”

There is so much power in saying “NO.” The word “NO” is capitalized because there must be an emphasis on this method. When we say “NO,” we tell others how much we value who we are. There is power in saying “NO.” So start practicing using this incredible power.

Wake Up Early (4:30 Does Wonders)

For those who are able to wake up early, waking up at 4:30 has been proven to do wonders health-wise, business-wise, and characteristically wise. When you wake up early you find that you have more time in the day, and will not find yourself always rushing or feeling a sense of incompleteness. You have more time to work on your business, more time to exercise, and more time to study new things. Time is our greatest commodity. By giving yourself more time in the day, you can do so much more that day.

Prepare For The New Day The Night Before

Lastly, prepare your new day the night before, so that you do not have to rush or worry in the morning. Preparing the night before also gives you more time to focus on other responsibilities or complete other tasks before walking out of the door, and you might even be able to sneak in a few more minutes of beauty sleep. To be organized with your life, you MUST start taking control of it. And the best way to control your life is by planning the way you want your life to be. If you can prepare your life the day before it begins, you will have a massive leap over what the day ahead of you may have wanted for you. To be organized in life, you MUST take control of your life, and with these steps, we KNOW you can.

Simplify Your Holiday Decorations

Almost before the Halloween candy is marked 50% off, stores are filled with holiday décor. If the idea of hauling boxes of holiday decorations and spending hours decking the halls makes you feel like Ebenezer Scrooge, then it might be time to simplify your holiday decorating. 

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or both, decorating can get out of control, especially as years pass and you accumulate “keepsakes” and other nostalgic hand-me-downs and decorations from family members. 

Here are a few ways to simplify your holiday decorations while still maintaining a festive and celebratory feeling festive in your home:

Decide what really matters: If your children have grown and flown the nest, you probably no longer need a 7-foot Frasier Fir with its limbs laden with handmade ornaments and baby’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd and more ornaments. While decorating the tree with your young children may have been a wonderful tradition in the past, it may be time to downsize to a smaller tree and let the memories warm your heart instead of clutter your living room.

Choose a focal point: Consider making one room the focus of your Festival of Lights decorating rather than trying to work the menorah motif into every room of your home. Your Hanukkah celebration can burn just as brightly with a shimmering silver and blue table setting and a vintage menorah rather than dreidel décor on every surface. 

Scale back gradually: If it feels a little too overwhelming to cut back all at once, that’s understandable, but you can pare back a bit at a time. Maybe consider cutting back from 4 trees to 3. Perhaps let each of your children pick one favorite decoration to display and leave the rest boxed up. Instead of using all the ornaments you’ve accumulated over the years, maybe this year you can do a themed tree with all gold balls or buffalo plaid bows.

Remember to schedule a free pickup of all the items you’ve decided to donate. 9Pickup will pick up your artificial Christmas trees and other seasonal and holiday decorations. 

Donating Gym Equipment

Looking in to Donating Gym Equipment? Maybe last year’s resolution to work out at home came and went leaving you with a roomful of unused workout equipment. Or maybe your new job includes the perk of a gym membership so you want to offload your home exercise equipment and repurpose that space. Perhaps you’ve just inherited an outdated exercise bike or a clunky treadmill that makes so much noise even your Bose noise-canceling headphones can’t help you make it through a run on it.

Whatever your motivation for getting rid of home gym equipment, here are some ideas for how to go about it:

  1. Sell It: Maybe the equipment is still in great working condition and you just don’t use it. Why not sell it? Facebook Marketplace, craigslist, and letgo are great ways to sell larger items locally without having to worry about astronomical shipping costs. Some fitness companies are also interested in buying old gym equipment and may pick it up for you.
  2. Donate It: Maybe it still works but you aren’t having any luck selling it. Consider donating to a local church, community or senior center. Organization such as Easter Seals, and AmVets might also be interested in exercise equipment that is in good working order, and you’ll get a tax break.
  3. Give It Away: Some websites allow you to post items for free such as Nextdoor or Freecycle. If you live in a busy neighborhood, you could put the item on the curb with a free sign. If you go this route, you should probably make sure your homeowner’s association doesn’t have an issue with it.
  4. Scrap It: If your item is no longer in working order, you might need to try a junk removal company that will take it away for a fee. Or, you can try to scrap it yourself or give to someone who scraps gym equipment.
  5. Have 9Pickup Pick It Up: We recommend scheduling a local pickup. 9Pickup has worked with many South Florida charities. We’re now proud to be Networking To Help Children’s Home Pickup Service with a fleet of trucks available to pick up your donations at your home, office, or business. If you’re looking for a convenient way to donate your unwanted household items or business inventory while giving back to the community, 9Pickup is your answer for Donating Gym Equipment.

Donating Gym Equipment has never been easier! Use the convenient online form to schedule a local pickup or call the toll-free hotline at 1-888-9-PICKUP.

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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


Fold and stack baby items and arrange by size.


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


Don’t sell dirty, stained or broken merchandise.


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


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 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 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.