I have a lot of stuff to give away this year. Yes, I STILL have all of the bad tenant's junk. I had planned to give it to the local thrift store and get a receipt for next year's taxes. Well, I filled out my tax forms last week and found that I don' have enough deductions to itemize them. The standard deduction is larger. That means my donations aren't going to count unless they are over $5,000!
On one hand I was disappointed. I usually don't have a lot of stuff to donate. This was going to be the first time that I brought a lot of boxes to the donation center and got a receipt (I usually just drop my bags at the corner donation box).
On the other hand, it is kind of freeing. I don't have to keep track of what I donate, what the value is, whether it is used or new, what category it falls in to, what the address is for the donation center, what date I donated on and keep track of my receipt for years. No, I can donate items when ever and where ever I please with no Big Brother looking over my shoulder scrutinizing what I choose to donate. I think I like this way better.