How Can I Get Rid Of This?


I get the call to help from a client. I enter their home and I start to assess the situation. We roll up our sleeves and get to work. But then we have to stop. The reason we have to stop is we come across something of value that they no longer want, but they just don’t know how to get rid of it. We all have that voice in our head that says, “but you paid good money for it!” or maybe “that is worth something!” The forward progress we were making can be halted in no time with the difficult discussion of how to find new homes for these items. I tread lightly with the conversation and start to ask about non-profit organizations that they support or causes that are important to them. For one client she wanted to make sure that her husband’s jackets went to help Vietnam War Vets. For my clients who have nice dress clothes, purses or shoes I suggest Dress for Success

My clients will struggle with things that they think they could sell. But in order to make money they need to be internet savvy or know someone who could do it for them. We talk about the time and energy it takes into trying to sell items, from garage sales to e-bay. It all takes time. Often making money is not the issue, but rather knowing someone will value what they have and take it into their home and love and care for it is the bigger issue.

For me, my struggle was with an expensive basket collection. I told myself that I would only buy them if they had a purpose in my home. Well some of the purposes have changed and I now have a basket collection that I no longer want. But I too want to make sure that they are going to a good cause. So I started brainstorming good causes and I realized that I am always asked to give baskets for silent auctions. I can’t do every that I am asked to do, but I do the ones where I have a personal connection with. I have organized silent auctions before and I know the tremendous amount of work that goes into them. Often we struggled to even find baskets to put the objects in that are donated. So now I have some baskets to give and the organizers can fill them and recipients will now get a lovely basket as well!

The recipients of my baskets are going to find them in Mapleton on August 10.  The focus will be on a great family that we have known for over 10 years. The Hoy family is a fantastic family where the father was diagnosed with cancer in May of 2011. Rick was my middle son’s football coach for several years. He is a giver and a celebrator.  So what better than a celebration for he and his family on August 10 in Mapleton. When you hear of someone being diagnosed with cancer you feel so powerless and you don’t know what to do. But donating to a celebration to help a family, so that finances can stop being a concern is a huge help. Because what should be front and center is love and care for the family, not  the hospital bills or the loss of income due to the illness. I have seen the power of a celebration. It can work miracles. I am ready to see some more miracles.

What do you have in your home that you can find a new home for and make some miracles happen for others? We are surrounded by items that are in good condition that no longer have a purpose. We are also surrounded by great organizations that can make use of your items. I wish I could list all the great organizations but I would miss some! So ask around in your community, post the question on my MS. Simplicity Facebook page as I am always there to help you with some good advice! Give with purpose and see what miracles you can create!

How you can help: online donations at click DONATE and enter gift amount for the Rick Hoy Benefit Fund. To volunteer or donate to the silent auction contact Kara Bernard @701-439-2311 or Alicia Nelson @701-899-3196. {If you go: August 10 from Noon to 4pm at the Hagges Bar & Grill in Mapleton, ND}


To Joyful, Simplified Living,


MS. Simplicity


MS. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity. She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo, ND and her website can be found at

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