Before you donate old handbags, wallets, backpacks, tote bags, jeans, pants, or anything else with pockets, You should always do this one thing.
Before You Donate Old Handbags
Before you donate your old handbags, ALWAYS look through the bag first. Unzip all the zippers, look into all the pockets, and turn the thing upside down and shake it.
Same goes for wallets, backpacks, tote bags, your husband’s pants your kid’s lunchbox and old school backpacks, your luggage, and anything else you donate that has pockets.
You never know what you might find.
I went through an old wallet just this week and found $51 in cash.
Donations When A Person Has Dementia
If you ever find yourself in the position to go through the possessions of a person with dementia, head this warning.
Look through everything.
And I mean EVERYTHING.
Unfold the towels and sheets and shake them out.
Open up all the boxes, even if they appear empty.
Look inside the dishwasher. Yes, the dishwasher.
People with dementia have a habit of hiding valuables in what we think are crazy places.
Since they forget things, they often feel as if people are breaking into their house and moving things around. When the truth is that they moved the object and can’t remember where they put it.
Then, because they think unwanted people are coming into their home, they start to hide valuables.
And of course, they don’t remember where they put them.
So always go through everything with a fine-tooth comb before it heads to the donation bin.
Read all 50 pieces of advice I shared in honor of my 50th birthday.