1. Get an accountability partner
- If you like company and encouragement when you are working, pair up with a friend who wants to declutter too. You can take turns to declutter rooms in each other’s homes. Choose someone whose opinion you trust and who has the same work ethic as you do.
- If you prefer accountability without hands-on assistance, decide on a room to tackle each week with your accountability partner. The person who doesn’t reach her room goals each week has to pay a “penalty” and take the other person out for coffee. It will also give you time to discuss your successes and strategize for the organizing tasks ahead.
2. Ask these two important questions
When you are decluttering and you are ambivalent about donating an item, ask yourself:
- Would I buy this again if I didn’t have it?
- If I were moving homes, would I pay to have it moved?
3. Set up a donation spot in your home
Set aside a space in your home and gather all the bags of donations in one spot. When you have enough stuff for a donation pick-up, call a charity like The Salvation Army or Hope Services to schedule a donation pick-up. Use the extra time you would have spent driving and making drop-offs to keep up the momentum and continue the organizing process.
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