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For many of us, the start of a new school year signals the change of the seasons from summer to fall. Parents and grandparents often try to squeeze in one more family vacation while schedules are free of school routines. But this time of year is also prime time for taking inventory and getting organized.

Before weekends are filled with ballgames ranging from Pee Wee leagues to college football, consider using the time to get “your house in order.” Sort and sift through seasonal items and donate items that no longer fit or are no longer needed. Once you’ve made your way through summer castoffs, turn your energy to other items that are seldom used or worn.

Sort into three separate piles; Keep, Donate and Discard. Keep only the things you believe you will use or wear again, with the caveat that if you can’t find a suitable way to store it, then it must be time to let it go.

For those never-going-to-be-read-again books, try stocking some of the area’s Little Free Libraries. In addition promoting literacy, these miniature libraries encourage a greater sense of community for their patrons. Visit littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap to find one near you.

Better Business Bureau (BBB) has a free Document Shredding event scheduled for October 14. The location is still to be determined. Check for details on their website bbb.org/memphis or call 901-759-1300.

Repeat Boutique, the Junior League Thrift Shop at 3586 Summer Avenue, accepts donations of gently used clothing, shoes and accessories for all ages, home furnishings and housewares, as well as children’s items. Donations may be dropped off Tuesday - Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Questions? Call 901-327-4777.

The mission of Dress for Success is “to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” In Memphis, donate gently used, office-appropriate clothing at 2730 Colony Park Drive, Suite #7. For more information, call 901-363-3100.

Goodwill has over 50 donation centers throughout the Greater Memphis area. They accept clothing, housewares and furniture. To find a convenient location near you, visit goodwillmemphis.org.

To see a complete list of items accepted by Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 7130 Winchester Road, visit memphisrestore.com/donate. Donations are received Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and free pick-up is available for larger items such as furniture and appliances. One hundred percent of the profits generated from the ReStore benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis.


Emily Adams Keplinger