Welcome to Week 4.
Are you starting to wonder when we are going to start making some messes and get some spaces organized?
Don’t lose heart; the messes will commence next week!
I do have a method to my madness. You see, I need to get all my have-to’s done before I start an “organization project.” Because once I start one… the family is on their own!
First – I am SO proud of you for working on organizing your house! I know it is hard to find the time. But you are already making progress!
Week 1 started when we looked at home base – the kitchen office. You know where your bills are, kids’ papers and what is in that paper pile.
Did you make a MASTER to-do list? I have to rewrite mine often – usually weekly. Are you keeping up on that?
What about mail? Is your system taking shape? Keep tweaking until your system is just right for you.
Next, in Week 2, we looked at your Calendar. You have your dates in your calendar and know where you have to be and when.
As a bonus, we talked about our cars. Did you stock your car with snacks and frequently used items?
There is only one thing left to do to “prep” for our home organization transformation year.
Week 4: Donation and Sales Staging Areas.
As we purge and organize, there are multiple piles you will make EVERY time. So, having a plan with where those piles will go will be immensely helpful for getting the job done and not feeling like you are living IN a garage sale.
Speaking of garage sales, are you going to have one?
When I did my last challenge, I did. I designated our rarely used guest bedroom as the garage sale staging area. After each organization day, I would take any items I wanted to sell to the bedroom and dump them.
Ideally, you would price them then, too, but I didn’t. The room was PACKED! I had a whopping garage sale and made about $400.
This time I am NOT having a garage sale. I don’t have enough stuff and what I do have is not “garage sale stuff.”
SO yes or no, and where will you store your “treasures” until you are done?
The next pile that really trips my clients up is the SELL pile. Are you going to sell items on Craig’s List and eBay?
If so, where are those sale items going to reside? I like to save mine up and then spend a day listing and packaging them for sale.
I have had my items reside in a basement bin, the laundry room shelf, the dining room table and right now – in a shelf in the basement pantry.
Be realistic. WHEN are you going to list these items?
Weekly? Then by all means use the dining room table.
Once a quarter? Find a space out of the way to store them until the selling mood strikes!
Do you like to resell your clothes?
I usually donate mine, but I have a good stash right now that I think will sell. I have put them right in my trunk to swing by the resale shop. BUT I have some off season clothes as well. Those I have in the front hall closet.
If you are going to “store” your off season clothes to sell – PUT IT IN YOUR CALENDAR.
Trust me. I have done this more than once, holding on to off season clothes year after year because every time I “find” the pile, it’s not the right time again!
I just listened to this podcast about Goodwill. Makes me feel better that I have donated TONS of items there both for myself and my clients.
This is my purging destination of choice – right out the door! My staging area for donations is the counter in the garage – and it is rarely empty. I feel like I am CONSTANTLY finding items we no longer need.
Having a place to put them right away lets me finish organizing my space and commit to getting rid of “stuff.”
If you are going to take a tax deduction… check out this webpage from Goodwill.
The last pile you will find in EVERY organization job is the “this doesn’t belong here but I need it or it belongs in another place” … pile.
Setting up YOUR staging areas.
- Go buy 2-6 laundry baskets. I like laundry baskets because they stack inside each other, are large, can hold bulky items and have handles.
You can label the baskets if you want; I don’t, because sometimes every basket becomes a donate basket or every basket is a “this doesn’t go here” basket.
- Decide IF you are going to have a garage sale and WHERE you will store that stuff.
- Decide IF you are going to sell items and WHERE you will store that stuff.
- Designate a donation zone.
Tomorrow, I will share what my house looks like when I am in the middle of a project – just to let you know I am real – AND make you feel better!
Where do you store the items you are going to donate or sell?