I think it is natural to want to declutter in the Spring when the sun starts shining, the weather starts warming up, and you get your first feel of that crisp Spring air.
But let’s face it – Spring is also the time when you want to start making plans to be outside, travel, enjoy that crisp clean air rather than being inside cleaning, right? Of course, I love to travel at any time of the year. But it feels like the cold, wet, Winter season is a much better use of my time when decluttering the house. Plus, it is also the season when you generally have new stuff coming in – be it from gifts or just doing some holiday shopping to grab those bargains!
So – how can you declutter and organize your house on the cheap? By using Goodwill, of course. And I don’t mean Goodwill toward people – I mean your local Goodwill store that takes your donations and your purchases and maximizes them to the fullest! They use the revenue generated to fund valuable employment training and job placement services for people in your community.
Just last year, donations and purchases throughout the U.S. and Canada helped local Goodwill organizations collectively place 313,000 people in employment. In addition, more than 34 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills. THAT is amazing on it’s own – but the fact that WE can be a part of making that happen? Even better!
Sometimes parting with things can be hard because we feel like we might miss them. Psychology today calls this the endowment effect: we value things more than we would have been willing to pay for it before we had it.
Here are some tips to help you declutter now and save Spring for fun:
Make a list. If you’re a list person – you can really organize your decluttering process by making a list of the areas you want to declutter. Start with the easiest first so that it doesn’t feel so daunting when you get started.
Set specific goals. Very few people have the time or the energy to declutter an entire house in one day. It takes time to go through things and filter out the stuff you really need and want to get rid of. You will get burnt out and quit – so set attainable goals that match your lists.
Set up your process. If you have a goal for everything in your house, it will make this process easier. Set up a process and a home for your items such as: Put away, Fix/Mend, Donate to Goodwill, Trash.
Set bins in different spaces throughout the house. As you tackle each room, you will feel great when you see a full bin and this will motivate you to tackle the next thing on your list. **Note – As tempting as it is, don’t go spend a ton of money on those pretty bins and baskets before you even get started. If you need storage options, you can get bins at a great bargain at Goodwill!
Don’t have room-to-room disorder. Make yourself complete one room, one task at a time. If you start in one room and then move to the next before you finish what you started there is a good chance you won’t go back and finish the first goal. If you’ve finished a room or two, don’t wait to take it to Goodwill for donation. If you let it sit – you haven’t fully decluttered.
And lastly – remember that good enough is good! Your house may not look like the picture in the latest magazine, but if it is functional, it works for you, and you feel good about it – you’re done!
Remember, when you shop or donate at your local Goodwill you save money and create jobs. Find a Goodwill store near you at http://www.goodwill.org/locator/. The items you donate may just make someone else’s holiday a little brighter. I’d love to see your holiday haul that you’re donating to Goodwill – share a photo to your social media using the hashtag #DonateStuffCreateJobs!