A few weekends ago, my wife and I decided to set up a basket in our hall, tucked under an alcove, that will be the “Give Away” pile. Both of us are always coming across things in the house that need to go to Goodwill or wherever, and since we never had a place for it be stored, oftentimes it went back into it’s home until the next time it was found. Well, no more.
I figured that since we have baskets to organize our financial records – shred, file, taxes, etc – that we should have a place to put the stuff we don’t want. So this wicker basket sits in the alcove, waiting to be filled with things we no longer want or need. My mom cannot figure out how we ever have anything that needs to go to Goodwill as we seem to clean out the house so often, but somehow stuff sneaks back in. And each time the basket gets filled up, one of us will run it over to the donation center and get rid of it. Now, cleaning out any clutter or junk has become automatic because we have a place to put it when we come upon it.
So if you have trouble getting rid of stuff that you know you don’t need, come up with a place to store it all together, in plain sight, until you can get to the place to donate it. It will become almost automatic and you can see the fruits of your labor pile up week after week. This way, things don’t get forgotten or tucked away for you to find later; they are right there waiting to be taken away!