Spruced Up Spaces Ann Arbor

Resources

Donations

Ann Arbor District Library
Donations of books, CDs, and DVDs may be brought to the back of the Downtown Library during library business hours for re-sale in the Friends of the Library bookstore; see their website for more details.

Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop
A local nonprofit organization supporting Ann Arbor public school students through the resale of unique and gently used community donations.

Ann Arbor Thrift Shop
A local nonprofit accepting small household goods, jewelry, antiques, clothing, toys, and books.

Dress for Success Michigan
An international organization – with a local branch in Ypsilanti – committed to empowering 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. They accept high quality, interview-appropriate clothing. Your fabulous suits and other professional apparel could furnish another woman with the confidence to enter or return to the workplace, make a great first impression and land a job that could change her life.

Food Gatherers
As the food rescue and food bank program serving Washtenaw County, Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community. Call or visit their website for food and personal care item donation guidelines.

Freecycle
Freecycle is a grassroots, nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. You can post your give-away items to the website and, who knows, your trash might become someone else’s treasure!

Friends In Deed
Your donation helps Friends In Deed provide free, good-condition furniture and cars to the needy of Washtenaw County.

Goodwill of Southeastern Michigan
Your donation helps Goodwill pursue its mission of providing vocational evaluation, training, employment and job-placement services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. They accept household items, small appliances, furniture, clothing, toys, and also computers for recycling.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
The Habitat ReStore is a home improvement warehouse that sells new and gently used building materials, furniture, appliances, and all of the products that one needs to update, maintain, and furnish their space.

House by the Side of the Road
For over 40 years, The House by the Side of the Road has collected used clothing and small household items and given them away, free of charge, to people in need.

Humane Society of Huron Valley
The Humane Society accepts towels, pet articles, dog collars and leashes, and more. Check out the”Wish List” on their “Ways To Help” page.

Jackets for Jobs
An organization in Detroit committed to providing career skills training, employment etiquette and professional clothing to job seekers. They accept high quality, interview-appropriate clothing. They distribute these items to their clients who are interviewing for jobs and cannot otherwise afford interview clothes.

Kiwanis Thrift Sale
The Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor’s Thrift Sale funds a wide variety of charities and social agencies in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County through the sale of donated items.

Military Order of the Purple Heart
Accepts clothing, household items, TVs, and small working appliances. Call to schedule a free pickup or visit www.donatestuff.com.

Recycle Ann Arbor – ReUse Center
Your donation of household or building materials helps to conserve resources and energy, while reducing waste in our community. Proceeds go directly toward maintaining the facility, hiring staff, and supporting other waste reduction activities.

Salvation Army
Your donation supports a broad array of social services. Call 1-800-SA-TRUCK to schedule a pickup, or call the Ann Arbor Salvation Army thrift store at (734) 332-3474 for information about drop-offs.

Soles4Souls
Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects unwanted shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people around the country. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has delivered over 17 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes to people in over 127 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States. The National Association of Professional Organizers has teamed up with Soles4Souls and in a 2011 effort clients of NAPO organizers donated 165,000 pairs of shoes!

The Scrap Box
The Scrap Box is nonprofit organization in Ann Arbor that collects and sells all sorts of household items that can be used in creative ways for arts & crafts projects.

Consignment & Re-Sale

Books By Chance
A consignment book seller; self-purportedly the “Best Place to Sell Used Books in Ann Arbor.”

Children’s Orchard
A re-sale shop in Ann Arbor that buys top-quality, name brand, gently used kids clothing, toys and accessories.

Encore Online Resale
A consignment shop in Ann Arbor which helps sellers find new homes for antiques, collectibles, electronics (iPods, cameras, computers, etc.), high-end housewares, designer clothing, shoes and accessories, jewelry and watches, entertainment memorabilia, musical instruments, sports equipment, event tickets, and more.

Grow With Me
Grow With Me is a locally owned and operated children’s resale boutique selling both gently-used and new children’s clothing, equipment, toys and accessories in Ann Arbor.

Once Upon A Child
A re-sale shop which buys and sells used, good-condition children’s clothing, toys, furniture, and equipment.

Plato’s Closet
A re-sale shop in Ann Arbor that pays cash for gently used name brand clothing and accessories for teens and young adults.

Play It Again Sports
A store which buys, sells, and trade used sporting goods and sporting equipment.

The ReSale Boutique
Located in Saline, Michigan, this consignment shop carries upscale women’s clothing and accessories.

Top Drawer Women’s Designer Apparel on Consignment
A consignment shop in Ann Arbor accepting higher-end women’s clothing, purses, shoes, and accessories.

Treasure Mart
A consignment shop in Ann Arbor with a large inventory of antiques, furniture, nostalgic collectibles, and a wide variety of household items.

Westside Furniture Consignment Emporium
A consignment shop on Zeeb Road in Ann Arbor that specializes in the resale of upscale quality used furniture, home décor, antiques, collectibles, silver, porcelain and nostalgia.

Waste Disposal

Chuck It Junk Removal
A Michigan-based company offering junk removal services across the southeast portion of the state.

College Hunks Hauling Junk
A friendly team of college students will remove junk quickly from anywhere within your commercial or residential property. A portion of revenues from each job are donated to local college scholarship programs. Dan Ryan of College Hunks Hauling Junk is a NAPO-Michigan Associate Member and can be reached at (248) 246-1065 or dan.ryan@1800junkusa.com.

Habitat for Humanity of Michigan ReStores
Electronics Recycling!  Habitat for Humanity of Michigan ReStores and Vintage Tech Recyclers have joined forces to provide many Michigan communities with on-going electronics recycling programs, free of charge. They accept all types of computers, computer accessories and components, computer monitors, MP3’s, iPods, cell phones, printers, printers/copiers/scanners/faxes, televisions, and video game consoles. Check the link above for more information, including what they cannot accept.

Recycle Ann Arbor – Drop Off Station
The Drop-Off Station is Washtenaw County’s most comprehensive recycling drop-off center, and is open to the general public. They accept appliances, computers, TVs, and most electronics; some fees may apply. $3.00 entry fee.

Washtenaw County – Recycling, Home Toxics & Solid Waste
The Washtenaw County website has lots of information about where & how to properly dispose of waste items in the county.

1 800 GOT JUNK
A national, full-service junk removal company.

Shredding

Accushred
Accushred is based out of Toledo, Ohio and offers a full array of shredding and document destruction services.

Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain is a national company that provides both on and off-site secure shredding services for commercial and residential clients. They also offer data backup & recovery, document imaging & management, and records management & storage among their services.

Off-Site 
Off-Site, LLC is a local, full service document destruction, secure shredding, records retention and retrieval company based in Ann Arbor.

Recycle Ann Arbor – at Calvert’s Roll Off’s
On the second Saturday of every month, April – November, from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, you can securely shred your papers at Calvert’s, located at 7891 Jackson Road in Ann Arbor. The cost is $4 per grocery bag or $6 per bankers box.

Shred-it
Shred-it is a national company with more than 140 branches across the country. They offer a full array of shredding services, and also hard drive and media destruction.

Shred Legal
Shred Legal is a Michigan-based company which provides on-site document destruction and data wiping services.

University of Michigan Credit Union
The U of M Credit Union has historically offered two free shredding events per year to members and non-members alike. For information about their upcoming free shred events, contact the Credit Union.

NOTE:  Office supply stores such as Staples and OfficeMax also offer shredding services. Check with your local store for information on pricing and options.

Moving & Storage

Climate Control Indoor Storage
The largest all indoor climate controlled storage facility in Ann Arbor with 70,000 square feet of temperature and humidity controlled storage space in a variety of storage configurations for your residential, commercial, or student storage needs.

Cubesmart
A national company offering household, business, and vehicle storage services.

National Association of Senior Move Managers
NASMM is an association of professionals who specialize in helping older adults and their families with the oftentimes daunting process of downsizing and moving to a new residence.

Men on the Move
An Ann Arbor based company, Men on the Move offers full-service moves both locally and nationally. They also offer college moves, single item moves,and piano moves.

PODS
A national company offering pod storage at your location or at a PODS facility. Pod transport is available for local and national moves.

Stevens Worldwide Van Lines
Stevens is a Michigan-based company that was started in Saginaw over 100 years ago. Still family owned today, they offer professional storage and moving services for local, national, and international moves. John Hopkins of Stevens Moving & Storage is a NAPO-Michigan Associate Member and can be reached at (248) 681-0600 x517 or john.hopkins@stevensworldwide.com.

Two Men and A Truck
A national company with many offices in Michigan, Two Men and A Truck handles local, national, and international moves.

Services & Resources

CHADD
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), is a national non-profit organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADD/ADHD.

Elite Inventory, LLC
A local certified, bonded, and insured inventory provider serving clients across southeast Michigan. This company can inventory the entire contents of your home or small business and provide you with both print and digital copies of the inventory for your insurance, estate planning, moving, prenuptial agreement, divorce, tax, or other needs. Tim Edwards of Elite Inventory can be reached at (248) 860-1086 or tim@eliteinventoryllc.com.

Pet-N-Play
A reliable and trustworthy pet sitting service can help bring sanity to the lives of busy people who travel or can’t get home every day in time to let the dog out. Katy Fritts and John Steck own and operate this terrific pet sitting & dog walking service in Ann Arbor. I can attest, first hand, to how wonderful their business is and how well they will look after your animals.

The Container Store
The Container Store offers a massive selection of tools and products for organizing just about any space in your home or office.

Organizing Experts

Association of Personal Photo Organizers
APPO members bring cherished memories back into their clients’ lives through images, words, and creatively designed photo books, scrapbooks, and more.

Institute for Challenging Disorganization
ICD is a group dedicated to providing education, research, and strategies to benefit people challenged by chronic disorganization.

National Association of Professional Organizers
NAPO is a group of roughly 4,200 Professional Organizers dedicated to helping individuals and businesses bring order and efficiency to their lives and operations.

National Association of Senior Move Managers
NASMM is an association of professionals who specialize in helping older adults and their families with the oftentimes daunting process of downsizing and moving to a new residence.

Hoarding

American Psychiatric Association
Hoarding is a mental health disorder. The American Psychiatric Association has an explanation of the disorder on its website with links to further resources.

Children of Hoarders
Children of Hoarders, Inc. works to improve the lives of children who grow up in hoarded homes by: raising awareness of the impact of hoarding on children, families and communities; providing educational materials and programs for children of hoarders, families and the community; increasing access to practical support; advocating for public policies that effectively address the needs of children of hoarders; and building reciprocal relationships with clinicians and key professionals.

Institute for Challenging Disorganization
ICD is a group dedicated to providing education, research, and strategies to benefit people challenged by chronic disorganization, including hoarding disorder. The Clutter–Hoarding Scale™ is an assessment measurement tool, developed by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, to give professional organizers and related professionals definitive parameters related to health and safety.

ServiceMaster Restore and Clutter Cleaner
ServiceMaster Restore (a national cleaning company that provides disaster response to flood, fire, and smoke damage) has teamed up with Matt Paxton, founder of Clutter Cleaner (a nationally recognized extreme cleaning company), to offer individuals and families help with resolving hoarding situations and cleaning hoarded homes.

The Hoarding Task Force of Washtenaw County
The Hoarding Task Force of Washtenaw County is a partnership of public and private agencies which seek to raise awareness about hoarding and to preserve safe and appropriate housing. The task force helps coordinate hoarding assessments, agency referrals, workshops, and professional training. Inquiries can be made by phone at (734) 340-5813 or by email at hoarding@htfwashtenaw.org.

The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding
The Shulman Center – based in Franklin, Michigan – provides “professional, confidential, comprehensive, and effective treatment for compulsive stealing, spending, and hoarding disorders.” The center serves individuals, couples, families, companies, and the community through education, assessment, & treatment.

Spruced Up Spaces, LLC does not represent or endorse the companies, charities, and other entities in this list of resources; it is provided for your informational value and independent review.

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