Did you declutter this week? I’d love to hear about your successes and struggles!
As this Decluttering Mania Week comes to an end, don’t forget the most important part.
Get it OUT. Like, totally out of the house.
I’ve become pretty good at recognizing clutter, purging spaces, and loving having less in my home so I can actually maintain it more easily.
But somehow, the actual getting it out of the house is such a struggle. Especially since we no longer have a lovely donation service making monthly pickups in our neighborhood.
So this week, we loaded up the Suburban and my husband drove to the nearest donation place to drop it off.
Don’t skip this step. I’d skipped it a few too many times, and we had quite the load to haul.
If you’re not sure what to do with your donations, here are some ideas:
- Load it up and drop off at your nearest Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other charity thrift store. I like this option because it’s under my control. If I want it gone NOW, this is the way to go.
- If you’re not sure where to take things, ask your local friends on Facebook where they take their donations. You most likely have a friend who knows where to go. (Organized people know where to get rid of stuff . . . ) Once you know where to donate, schedule a pickup or load up your vehicle and drive there right away.
- Join a Facebook garage sale group and ask if anyone knows who picks up garage sale leftovers. If you find someone, ask if they want ALL your stuff, even if you didn’t have a garage sale. Just be clear that they “must take all.” Then, mute the group so you aren’t tempted to bring home other people’s clutter.
The feeling of all that stuff being GONE is shockingly lovely. Really. As someone who once thought stuff (in large quantities) made her happy, I’m still astonished at the physical lightness I feel once
all a lot of that stuff is gone.
If you’re not there yet, don’t worry! ANYthing you do to get stuff out of your home, even if the Donate Boxes sit in the garage for a while, will improve your home and your life.
If your home needs an overhaul or you just don’t know where to start, you need my book: Decluttering at the Speed of Life. It’s available wherever books are sold. Find out more here.
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