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Decades of Accumulation

I’m trying to get rid of the stuff I’ve dragged around for years and years and stuck into drawers and closets and garages. Never looked at, never used. Just kept.

Clearing out this clutter is mainly a mental task. I make a plan. Set my guidelines. Follow them ruthlessly. I start with the three sorting piles = trash it, sell it, give it away.

Trashing is the easiest. Get a big bag and start filling it up. I set a dollar amount that it would take to replace the item if I ever did need it again. If I can easily replace a stored item for $20 or less, I trash it. Why let it take up precious space because I speculate that I might—some day—in the future—maybe—want this item.

Selling it is hardest for me, so I don’t do it. It seems like a lot of effort for not a lot of money in return.

Giving my stuff away makes me feel good. But, I had to decide where to donate it.

I now send almost all my things to a thrift shop that supports a free medical clinic in my community. I’m helping support the medical clinic as well as people who like to find bargains in the thrift shop. I load a bag of stuff in my car and drop it off on the way to the grocery. Monthly.

My best tip: decide THIS WEEK where you want to take all the stuff that no one in the family wants. If you have one place that’s quick and easy to donate to, you are less likely to procrastinate.

It’s your turn. Tell us your best tip for clearing those garages and storage units. Don’t be shy. Click on the comment button and write in the box.

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