For this project, I want you to give yourself permission to walk through your house and get rid of the junk and clutter that has no value. By no value, I mean no monetary or emotional value. You are not attached to it, and could really care less if it stays or goes. That junk that just needs to go away…
First of all, you are going to need a large cardboard box. I am suggesting a cardboard box, so that you can donate the whole box when you are finished. You can also use a large trash sack if you do not have a box readily available.
Second, set a goal for how many items you would like to get rid of. For your first box, you might want to start with a lower goal. This way you will be satisfied with meeting your goal, instead of an unreachable, unrealistic goal that you will have a hard time reaching. You can always raise the bar and go over on your goal. This is something you will do once a week, or once a month, depending on the amount of items you need to get rid of. This goal could be something like 4 items per room, or 10 items for the day.
Third, walk through your house and give each room a scan. Place items in your box that you are ready to depart with. Don’t think too hard about this, just gather those items that are no longer being used, enjoyed, or played with. It’s best to get your family’s input on this too, don’t discard belongings that belong to others. If you have young kids, make a game out of it but really explain to them that what they place in the box they won’t have anymore.
Fourth, sort through the box. Get rid of items that are not in good shape to donate.
Lastly, place the box in your vehicle to drop off at your nearest donation center. If you don’t have one nearby, schedule a pickup with a local charity. Don’t let the giveaway box remain in your home, it will only add more clutter or you may even be tempted to go through it again to “rediscover” items. It’s best to just part with it as quickly as possible.