It's one thing to sort through your stuff to decide what to keep and what to purge. But it's another thing altogether to send the purged stuff on to its final destination, be it donating, reselling, or giving to friends. (Trashing should be your last resort, only if something is damaged or dirty.)
It's a shame when you've worked so hard to relegate piles of stuff to leave the house, only to have bags and boxes languish by the door for months on end...
We just discovered a resource called Got Books that services the greater Boston area. We haven't personally used them yet, but the gist is this: for free, they PICK UP your used books (and videos, CDs, DVDS), whether you have one box or a hundred boxes of books, and then donate them to the most appropriate destination (schools, local charities, etc.).
Through our organizing and redesign business, we've noticed that the best of intentions to get donations to a very specific charity or resource often greatly delays the process of getting the stuff out of the house at all. So if your books have been loitering, as you wait to get them to the "perfect" destination, try Got Books! (978.396.6025)
It may be counterproductive to your purging process, but for the sake of full disclosure, we should also let you know that Got Books hosts a huge weekly $1 per book sale at their Lawrence, MA warehouse to raise more money for local charities and to support their operating costs.
Have you experienced donation-piles-by-the-door-syndrome? Has anyone used Got Books?
(We liked and snagged the opening photo from the City of Minnetrista, Minnesota website of all places!)
Kyle Freeman for AT Boston