Donate or Sell
Now that you have items you no longer need, you may want to donate or sell them. Connect to the local DC-NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) resource list where the most current listing of charities, donation sites, recycling information, waste disposal, and other information is maintained. The link to this list is

Recycling Electronics

The EPA has extensive information on the requirements and needs for disposing of computers. It is important that you refer to your local waste management rules and regulations if you are not going to recycle through one of the programs listed below.

Go to and type in its search box computer or other equipment and then your zipcode. It will then refer you to a list of local businesses who will accept your equipment either for free or a nominal fee.

Both Apple and Dell will recycle your old computer (regardless of its brand) with the purchase of a new one. Staples accepts used home office electronics for a cost of $10.00 per item.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore - , 703-360-6700, drop off working office equipment or they can pick up. Their address is 7770-G Richmond Highway, Alexandria.

The National Cristina Foundation - complete a simple form on its website at and the organization will search for a request from a local nonprofit, school or public agency looking for equipment that matches your old computer, laptop or printer. Once a match is made, usually within two weeks of listing your donation, the donor and recipient can arrange for a drop-off or pickup of the equipment.

Share the Technology -

TechSoup -


National Coalition Against Domestic Violence -

Call2Recyle, Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation - drop-off sites include Best Buy, Circuit City, Lowe's, Sears, Target and other retail outlets. Go to

Junk Mail Reduction $20 a year removes you from all direct marketing lists, allows you to remove yourself from catalog lists, and plants a tree for every person that becomes a member. The official Consumer Credit Reporting Industry web site to accept and process requests from consumers to opt-in or opt-out of firm offers of credit or insurance. Direct Marketing Association charges $1 to remove your address from their lists. A person must renew every 5 years.

Items for Safe Deposit Box
Here's a brief list of items that should be stored in your safe deposit box or at least a fire proof box.
  • Birth records
  • Bond certificates
  • Cemetery plot deed
  • Citizenship papers
  • Death certificates
  • Deeds
  • Divorce records
  • Home Insurance
  • Investment records: keep only statements that have a purchase or sell on them and year end statement.
  • Leases
  • Life Insurance
  • Living trust: give a copy to your doctor, attorney, and executor
  • Living will: give a copy to your doctor, attorney, and executor Marriage records
  • Military records
  • Mutual fund certificates
  • Passports
  • Powers of attorney
  • Retirement plans
  • Separation records
  • Social security cards (Don't have in wallet unless looking for a job or buying a house)
  • Stock certificates
  • Titles to vehicles, boat, camper/trailer
  • Will - copy
Document Retention Guidelines (download PDF)