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July
15

Six Donation Centers Around the Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley Donation Center

What to Do When Your Home is Jam-Packed with Stuff

Comedian George Carlin had a classic routine about the "stuff" we all accumulate over time. If you're buying or selling a home and wondering what to do with all your "stuff," our real estate agents have the answer. Take your excess items to one of these handy donation centers around the Shenandoah Valley.

  1. Habitat for Humanity ReStore - 434 Richmond Rd., Staunton 24402 
    Habitat for Humanity ReStore benefits the worldwide affordable housing program founded in 1976 and notably championed by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. These nonprofit shops sell a wide variety of donated home improvement items ranging from household furnishings to building materials. All profits are used to support Habitat's mission of helping poor and underprivileged people become self-sufficient homeowners. The ReStore is centrally located to Staunton homes for sale but they also schedule pickups of donated items. 
  2. Mercy House Thrift Store - 1005 S. High St., Harrisonburg 22803
    Mercy House Thrift Store is a retail offshoot of a local charity dedicated to assisting homeless families with dependent children. The shop was launched in 1996 with all proceeds going to support the works of Mercy House. Donations of clothing, household goods, furniture, and even vehicles are accepted. Mercy House has since opened two more stores, including a building supply store right next door to the thrift shop and a boutique at 463 University Blvd selling higher-end items. All stores are within easy access of Harrisonburg homes for sale.
  3. Page One Thrift Store - 42 W. Main St., Luray 22835
    Donations from buyers and sellers of Luray homes for sale are gratefully accepted at Page One Thrift Store. Page One is a charitable organization that takes its name from the Page County area it serves. In addition to the thrift store, which sells donated books, toys, and other household items, Page One operates a boutique at 10 E. Main St. which offers new and gently used clothing, jewelry and accessories.
  4. On Second Thought Consign & Thrift - 476 N. Main St., Woodstock 22664
    Bargain hunters viewing Woodstock homes for sale love to stop by On Second Thought Consign & Thrift. The massive 10,000+ square-foot store has a constantly changing inventory of clothes, shoes, housewares and home decor items, including new, vintage and one-of-a-kind pieces, at prices up to 90 percent off. Want to unload old DVDs, CDs or records? On Second Thought is a favorite spot for collectors to browse for hidden gems. 
  5. Salvation Army Family Store - 604 Cherry Ave., Charlottesville 22903
    Salvation Army bell ringers are a traditional holiday sight near Charlottesville homes for sale, and the Salvation Army Family Store carries on the organization's charitable work year-round. Proceeds from resale of donated clothing, furniture, electronic equipment, and household goods fund the various programs conducted by the Salvation Army. People and families in need may also apply for vouchers to receive donated items at no charge.
  6. Timberville Thrift Store - 297 New Market Rd., Timberville 22853
    Timberville Thrift Store is a family-owned business giving back to the community through the sale of donated items of all kinds. A portion of the profits benefits local schools, and the owners accept requests for specific classroom needs along with support for field trips and other educational programs. The store is just minutes away from Timberville homes for sale, but they can often provide pick-up service for furniture and other large items.

Are you looking for a home in an area with a strong sense of community? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to learn more about what makes the Shenandoah Valley such a special place to live.

March
25

Lighten The Load Before You Move

Moving Tips New Home
"Moving is easy," said no one ever. While moving to a new home will never qualify as fun, you can take steps beforehand to make it less tedious and time-consuming. Our real estate agents offer valuable moving tips they've learned from years of experience helping home buyers and sellers throughout Virginia and West Virginia.

  1. Create a Game Plan
    As with any other major project, successfully streamlining your move relies on a workable action plan. Here are some questions to answer before proceeding:

    • Will you be using a professional moving service?
    • What will you need in your new home? (Drawing a floor plan helps you decide.)
    • In which order will you clear rooms? How will you dispose of unwanted items?

  2. Start Early
    If you cut it too close to the actual moving day, you're likely to make bad decisions under pressure. Estimate how much time you think it will take and double the amount to allow for a cushion.

  3. Sort as You Go
    Items you decide to toss should go in one of three piles:

    • Reuse or repurpose for items to donate or sell
    • Recycle for paper, glass and other recyclable materials
    • Trash for anything that doesn't fit in the other two categories

  4. Use the 12-Month Rule
    Do you find yourself with boxes that have survived one or more moves without ever being unpacked? Purge items that haven't been used for 12 months or more with a clear conscience. This will apply primarily to clothes and accessories, but it's also helpful for items such as kitchen utensils.

    Other guidelines include:

    • Does an item give you joy or sorrow?
    • Would you buy it again?
    • Are you keeping it out of a sense of obligation?

  5. Consider Temporary Storage
    Are you still on the fence about several items? Pack them separately and keep them out of your new house for a while. If the number of items doesn't justify the cost of a storage unit, ask a friend or family member to hold them. This will help you decide once and for all if you can live without these items.

  6. Dispose of Hazardous Products
    Professional movers won't accept paint, propane tanks, lawn chemicals, and other hazardous items, and it's too risky to attempt moving them yourself. Check for the closest hazardous waste disposal center in your local area. Under no circumstances should hazardous products be put in trash or recycling bins.

  7. Use up What You Have
    Non-perishable food items and personal care products add weight and take up valuable space in moving boxes. Inventory what you have on hand and use up as much as you can. Donate remaining items to a food bank or shelter.

  8. Enlist Help
    The pre-move process can be intimidating if you take on all the responsibility yourself. Spouses, significant others, and children all have a stake in what stays and what gets tossed, so get them involved. Set up a schedule assigning times and tasks so everyone knows what is expected of them. 

  9. Reward Yourself
    No one can remain focused without breaks. Stay motivated by setting daily goals and rewarding yourself for each accomplishment. Watch a movie, read a book, or meet a friend for coffee.

Buying or selling a home involves seemingly endless decisions that can be difficult to navigate on your own. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty and let our experienced and professional real estate agents show you the way.

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