It’s time for a Summer Decluttering Challenge!!
Carol and I left a job the other day where we filled 30 bags in 5 hours. 30 bags FULL of donations and trash.
While that was a few more bags than usual, we do fill a LOT of bags. My favorite black trash bags are the Kirklands brand from Costco.
They are larger than most, very strong and very economical. I go through a box of 90 every month.
That same week, I went to get my daughter a picture for school… out of a box I thought was filled with duplicate pictures… it was FILLED with negatives.
First of all, I am NOT going to reproduce these pictures. I have the originals all in scrapbooks. I can and have taken them out of the scrapbook and put them back it.
Secondly, it is REALLY hard to even FIND a place to develop film, let along reprint a picture from a negative.
It’s everywhere. My meticulously organized negatives are TRASH, and I thought I had already pitched them, but I hadn’t.
I don’t know if I or you can fill 90 bags this summer, but I’m going to try.
On every single organizing job I do, we start with getting rid of the trash and donations. THEN a few hours later, we are left with what NEEDS to be organized.
So, even if you aren’t an organizer, or will never hire an organizer, join me this summer and just try to fill a bag or 2 a day of stuff that is weighing you down. You don’t have to follow my list; just buy a BIG box of trash bags and start decluttering!
Here is a printable you can stick on your box of trash bags, refrigerator and bathroom mirror.
After we get home from the pool and the kids are upstairs showering or out on their bikes, I love to grab a trash bag and FILL it up with donations. I take the bag right out to the trunk of my car. That way, when I am out near Goodwill, I can just swing on by and drop it off.
I will be selling a few items, too. You can read this post about turning clutter into cash and decide if you’ll sell your clutter also.
Week 1: Stuffed Animals & Toys
Week 2: Medicine & Travel Supplies
Week 3: The Storage Room
Week 4: Negatives, VHS, Cassettes, & CDs
Week 5: Paper & Binders
Week 6: Disposing of Paint
Week 7: Basement Closets
Week 8: Kids’ Clothes
Week 9: Yard Waste