Every year, we buy one more of this and one more of that, but where does it go? Has it been used or is just housed in a closet not seeing the light of day? Have you become guardian over your children’s youthful memories and adult possessions? You are not alone.
Spring-cleaning is on everyone’s mind as we head into the season, this adds momentum to the desire of creating organization within the home. How to start? By removing unwanted items.
Because it can be a big task, especially if having lived in a home for decades, the best way is to chunk it down starting with the smallest room so that you will feel good with having completed the process in one location. Then move onto the next size and so on.
To that end, know that it is easy to underestimate the amount of time it can take to complete a comprehensive reduction of home possessions. If you are considering selling your home this year then now is the best time to get started. It can take months to go through items, pack along the way and take to different donation locations.
And like building a home, having the foundation laid for your plan to scale down will help you when feeling frustrated or overwhelmed. Creating a list for example of agencies who take old beds; paint, cost of a dump run, and organizations that take used clothing, in addition to kitchen wares and unopened or unused food will save you valuable time. When you are tired after going through endless items, the last step you want to tackle is what to do with the bits and bobs.
If you are interested in learning more, join us Apr. 2 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Oregon Food Bank. The cost? One can of food.