They say it's easy. They lie. Cleaning out your stuff,
figuring out what to save and what to pass on, it's hard. You'll laugh, you'll
cry, you might even cuss a bit under your breath. But it's worth it to feel
CLEANING OUT, ORGANIZING, FEELING FREE!
FIRST: WHAT REALLY ENHANCES YOUR LIFE?
The easiest possessions to get rid of are those you don't use. You know
what these are: the ottoman you constantly trip over, the dress that was
perfect for last year's cruise but when do you ever go dancing at home, the
toys Uncle Bob thought would be perfect but which your kids disdain.
Okay, those things are piled up to get rid of. Next, tackle the
things you ought to use, but don't. The heavy-duty pastry mixer (who
has time to bake?) and the barbells. And the things that were once useful but
now are gathering dust. The stroller (Jaime is so not into sitting
still) and the best-selling books and DVDs you'll never look at again. Get rid
of them before they become outdated.
The absolutely, no-holds-barred hardest stuff to get rid of? Your
Doesn't matter how costly they were, those Jimmy Choo's (that pinch your toes)
or that cashmere baby blanket (does Aunt Maude have no sense
whatsoever?): if it is not an asset to your life as you live it now, pass it
SECOND: SORT 'EM OUT
Not everything you've just decided to part with is worth consigning or
selling to a buy-outright shop. Some aren't "even" worth donating to
a charitable thrift shop.
The best quality, condition, and style clothing
should be freshly-washed and pressed and hung neatly. If you're sorting
out decor items, check them for all parts, and make sure they are free of
chips, scratches, and tarnish. These are the items you'll be taking to
your friendly local consignment or resale shop. See Would
you Wrap this in a Festive Bow? for more info.
The next level down, perfectly good and clean items
that are no longer in style but useful, will go in your "Donate"
pile for the charitable shop of your choice.
The final level, terribly worn, non-working, or
soiled-for-good items should be thrown away or put in a "free"
box at your next garage sale. Do not burden a charitable shop with the job
of throwing away things you know are no longer useable...all you will be
doing is adding to their costs of operating the thrift shop.
NOW, CHOOSE THE SHOP YOU WILL USE. ACTUALLY, CHOOSE
Selecting a shop or two to take your underloved items
to is not a task to be undertaken lightly. We discuss what you should look for
in a consignment or resale shop here.
Challenge: Find 52 things you don't need in your home right now
Find a shop near you
shops will have the best stuff to buy?