Get Organized Mission #34: Donate 50 Things

Get Organized Mission 34: Donate 50 Things

Welcome to Mission #34 of our 52 Get Organized Missions.

In Mission 1 we Filled a Hu-u-ge Trash Bag. In Mission 8 we Decluttered 50 Items.

Now it’s time again to get rid of more stuff – to simplify life, have more space, get better organized, and, especially in this mission, give something to others.

Remember: you only need 30 minutes for the basic mission. Extended Options are below.

If you’re new, you might like to start here -> 52 Organizing Missions.

Organizing Mission #34: Donate 50 Things

Step 1: Grab a bag

Find yourself a large trash bag, several small bags, or a big box.

Step 2: Set the timer

Set a kitchen timer or phone alarm for 30 minutes. Or click here --> Start 30-Minute Timer.

Step 3: Gather at least 50 things to donate

Start filling the bag as you move through your home. Don’t stop until you have at least 50 items.

Throw into the bag anything that:

  • You don’t use
  • You don’t like
  • Has negative associations
  • Is no longer your style
  • Keeps you stuck in the past
  • Is more than you need to feel good about your space.

See below for room-by-room examples.

Step 4: Put it in your car boot

As soon as you’re done, take your donation collection straight out to the car or even drop it directly at the charity store/bin if you’re so motivated. Just be sure to remove the temptation to look in the bag or to rescue released items later.

Examples of Items To Donate

Living Room

  • Unloved rugs, throws and cushions
  • Unloved ornaments, gifts, vases, etc
  • Books you’ve read and won’t re-read
  • Books you’ll never read
  • No-longer needed magazine racks
  • Excess coasters
  • Unloved/excess photos frames
  • Knickknacks that don’t enhance your space
  • ‘Displayed’ items on shelves that hold no meaning for you
  • Extra pieces of furniture
  • Unloved lamps
  • Unused treadmills, bikes, exercise balls, etc
  • No-longer used entertainment devices – TVs, DVD players, stereos, etc
  • No-longer-played DVDs and CDs


  • Excess stationery you won’t use this decade
  • Knickknacks that provide no meaning, beauty or inspiration
  • Functional phones, computers, cells, PDAs, etc that you don’t need
  • Supplies, storage containers and accoutrements relating to abandoned craft, knitting, scrapbooking, and other projects
  • Old lamps, chairs and other equipment in good condition


  • Anything (clothes, footwear, coats, purses, accessories, etc) you’ve not worn in a year
  • Anything that doesn’t fit
  • Anything that’s not your style
  • Anything that’s unflattering on you
  • Anything that’s uncomfortable, scratchy or ill-fitting (it may be perfect on someone else)
  • Anything you bought ages ago that still has the label on it
  • Anything with negative memories or associations


  • Mismatched or unloved crockery
  • Mismatched or unloved cutlery
  • Cookware, plungers, teapots, gadgets, and sundry infomercial purchases not used in the past 12 months
  • Cookbooks not used in the past 12 months
  • Knickknacks you don’t love
  • Fancy appliances you never use
  • Doubles of utensils, cookware, etc


  • Excess, unused towels, bathmats, etc
  • Excess, unopened perfumes, lotions, etc
  • Unloved bathroom ornaments
  • Storage gizmos that encourage clutter

Kids’ Stuff

  • No-longer-used toys
  • No-longer-used games consoles
  • Outgrown clothes
  • Outgrown CDs, DVDs, etc
  • Outgrown back-packs


  • Unused patio furniture
  • Unloved garden ornaments

Dos & Don’ts

  • Don’t try to organize rooms, cupboards or drawers. That’s not our focus right now.
  • This mission is about getting rid of stuff so do keep an out-it-goes mindset.
  • You want to average a couple of items every minute, so do move quickly.
  • If your gut feel is to release something from your life, then do toss it into the bag – regardless of what it cost. If you don’t use it, let it go to someone who will. 🙂

Extended Organizing Mission Options

Want to go beyond this 30-minute organizing mission?

  • If you get to 50 donation items and want to keep going, then do. Put on some music, dance around, do whatever you like to have fun with it.
  • If other household members want to participate, give them their own bag and encourage them to let go of stuff.
  • If you also want to tackle stuff that’s not fit for donation, then grab another bag and do a second rubbish run.

Ready, Set, Go!

Remember – move quickly, act fast, don’t overthink.

Start The 30-Minute Timer

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And see you back here next week!


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15 thoughts on “Get Organized Mission #34: Donate 50 Things

  1. UK Based Charities says:

    This is one the best motivation post for all youngsters and teenagers who want to support those charities who’re working closely for refugees and crisis areas through time and money will change someone’s life help them to live normal life’s once again.

  2. Adriana_G says:

    Well, I feel a lot lighter for completing this task. It’s something I’d been meaning to do, but kept putting off. Seeing your Tweet and reading this post inspired me to complete the task. Certainly not as daunting as you first think, and you feel so much better once it’s done. One cardboard box full of unwanted glassware, as well as two big bags of clothes, shoes and other odds and sods were taken to the local charity shop today – yeh!! I absolutely loved your extensive list – especially the point about items with “negative connotations” – now they’re gone and I’m feeling a lot less cluttered. Thank you so much!

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