As we purge and organize, there are multiple piles you will make EVERY time. So, having a plan for 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.
Are your donations creating more stress and clutter in your home? Here are some creative ways to set up a donation staging area in your home.
Garage sale? Yes or No.
Speaking of garage sales, are you going to have one?
When I did this challenge the very first time, I did. I designated our rarely used guest bedroom in the basement 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.
Every other time I have done this challenge, I have NOT had 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?
Will you “sell” anything? Yes or No.
The next pile that really trips my clients up is the SELL pile. Are you going to sell items on Craigslist 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 once a month.
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!
I do sell items on eBay and Craigslist a few times a year, but Andrea Dekker uses Craigslist like it’s her neighborhood store. She even sold her HOUSE on Craigslist! Here is her Craigslist 101 post and how she handles meetups.
Pick a location or a basket to put your “sellable” items in.
What about clothes? 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 ON 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! In the notes section of your calendar, mark down what closet you put those clothes in!
Where will you store items to be donated or given away?
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. The Goodwill in our area does an amazing job of supporting teens and adults with special needs!
This is my purging destination of choice… right out the door! My staging area for donations has been 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 donatable items 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 and take pictures!
When we organize the front hall closet, I am going to move my donation station to a laundry bin in there.
What about items you can’t donate or pitch?
A few summers ago, I wrote a series of posts about items that need to be disposed of in a delicate manner, like this trampoline.
Junk King is a local company that takes away EVERYTHING and then recycles 60% of everything they take away! Are you a junk queen?
How about paint?
And how about hazardous waste?
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.
Leave a comment below and tell me where your donation station will be.