Decluttering with Ease, Part 3: Ways to Donate.
Why do we struggle with decluttering? The main answer: it is emotionally fatiguing to make decision after decision after decision. But it is not just the amount of decisions to be made - it is often our lack of answers. Personally, my favorite part of the organizing process is the decluttering. I will tell you my secret to success:
Follow the path of least resistance.
Make the choice that is easiest for you in the moment.
Donating is my preferred method of discarding items. It keeps the flow of objects going. Objects come and objects go. The object I need is on its way to me as I pass along the objects I no longer have use for. Ya know? Here are my favorite ways to remove objects I no longer need from my life (besides Goodwill):
Consignment Store. You might even get a little cash for this one! My favorite consignment store donates the items it doesn't take to a good cause, and some consignment stores are run by a church or charity.
Free Piles. Do other cities have free piles, or just Portland? Every Spring when the weather starts to turn sunny, everyone starts decluttering and puts their unwanted items in a box outside of their house. It is the easiest way to get rid of things and I have found SO MANY awesome things for myself this way while walking around my neighborhood. If your city does not do free piles - start one!
Buy Nothing Project. This is a place to offer things you no longer need and ask for the things you do. Karma - achieved. I have gotten to know so many of my neighbors this way and have even made a few friends. Check out the Buy Nothing Project website to join (or start!) one in neighborhood.
Clothing Swaps. Every few months my friends and I get together and have a giant clothing swap - I bring the clothing I feel meh about and come home with some dazzling new items. Throw in some brunch and you've got yourself a nice Sunday!
Homeless Shelters. Many shelters are looking for a lot of specific items. Check with one near you to see if you have what they need.
Want your items to go to a really specific cause? Check with your local Professional Organizer - they know all of the places in town! And knowing that your beloved things are going to someone who can use them more makes it a lot easier to let it go.
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