There are a lot of ways that you can tackle the sometimes emotional task of getting rid of things that you don’t use anymore. This week I will offer three strategies that you can use–and potentially pass on to your children!
Have A Permanent Donation Basket
In my home, I often come across things that I no longer need or use. So why put off donating? I have a designated biox in my home for donations. Once it gets full, I throw it in the car and take it to the Goodwill next time I’m near there.
Even five minutes of clutter clearing can help. Set a timer and really give some thought to the items in your home. Haven’t used something in a year? Buh-bye! Check out this “Clutter Emergency Card” from the University of Illionis Extension: Clearing Clutter:
How long has it been since I used this?
Do I like it?
Does it work properly? – Is it broken?
Do I have more of this kind of thing?
How many do I need?
If I keep this, what will I get rid of to make room for it]
Can I locate this information somewhere else (probably on the Internet) if I need it?
Have Some Help
Of course I think you should hire an organizer to help 🙂 However, if that’s not an option right now, have a friend come over and spend some time going through things with you. A friend cares about you, but is also not emotionally attached to your stuff, so they can help you in the decision making process. Just make sure you find the best person for the job!