Austin Clear Your Clutter Day: Start Fresh for Free

22 Jan
messy tupperware drawer

Totally not my drawer, I swear. Also totally not a pumpkin seed on the floor….

Did you know that there are people who will come to your home and organize your stuff? Not just make it look nicer like our friends the professional stagers and interior designers do, but actually organize it?  Who aren’t related to you and pass no judgement? Well there are!  I imagine it’s like having a fairy godmother (or father) float down from Container Store Heaven and sift through all those mismatched tupperware lids and categorize your socks by season. Dreamy!

Not only do these wonderful people exist, but they have an association, and the Association puts on the Clear Your Clutter Day in Austin every year.  It’s a day dedicated to cleaning and curating, giving you the perfect excuse to go through the closet and excavate your spouse’s grubby old sweatshirts or find a new home for that bedroom furniture that no longer has a bedroom to live in.

get organized month

It’s National Get Organized Month!

The folks at NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) have set up a dropoff location in Austin for this Saturday, January 26th from 10-2.  They’ll accept all sorts of things including paper to be shredded, clothing, household items and even some home remodeling items.

I had a chance to talk to Jennifer Lava, the Marketing Director for the Association and she gave me the rundown on some of the organizations that will on-site on Saturday.  (You can learn more here about how your donations will be used to improve the community.)

  • Habitat for Humanity -Home remodeling/repair items like working appliances, fixtures, bricks, and clean lumber
  • Dress for Success – Women’s gently used career clothing and accessories accessories, especially professional handbags & shoes, and new toiletries & cosmetics
  • AGE – Mobility equipment; shower chairs, seated walkers, wheelchairs, etc.
  • Settlement Home – Small furniture and household items, plus teenage girls’ clothing and accessories

You can also bring up to three boxes of papers to be shredded, old or broken electronics equipment and any other non-toxic item that may have missed the bulky pickup.


This deserves better than the garage!

So that’s great for the sweatshirts and all, but what about that homeless bedroom set?  If you’re not quite ready to part with it for free, or can’t move it because your brother-in-law needs his truck for the monster truck rally, then of course you’ll turn to Red Chair Market.  And to help celebrate Clear Your Clutter day, we’re offering free listings for the whole weekend!  Just enter coupon code CYCD13 at checkout, any time Friday through Sunday.

Here are the details again, we’ll see you on Saturday!

Saturday, January 26, 2013, 10:00am – 2:00pm

East Parking Lots of Bethany United Methodist Church
10010 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX 78750 (near 183)

(Note: one carload per family) 

One Response to “Austin Clear Your Clutter Day: Start Fresh for Free”


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