30-Day Organize-athon | Day 27: Declutter By Donating A Dozen

30-Day Organize-athon 27

Welcome to the 30-Day Organize-athon!

In today’s 5 minutes we’re going to declutter by finding at least 12 things to give away.

Don’t worry – it’ll be easier than you think!

Day 27: Declutter By Donating A Dozen

Step 1: Grab a bag. Quickly fill the bag as you move through your home – and don’t stop until you have at least 12 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.

Ideas for Items To Donate

Living Room
  • Unloved rugs, throws and cushions
  • Unloved ornaments, gifts, vases, etc
  • Knickknacks that don’t enhance your space
  • Extra pieces of furniture
  • Unloved lamps
  • No-longer used entertainment devices – TVs, DVD players, stereos, etc
  • No-longer-played DVDs and CDs
Study
  • Excess stationery, notebooks, pens, etc
  • Knickknacks that provide no meaning, beauty or inspiration
  • Functioning 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 and equipment in good condition
Closet
  • 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
Kitchen/Dining
  • 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
Bathroom
  • 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
Garden
  • Unloved garden ornaments

Step 2: Take your bag straight out to the car for charity-store drop-off.

And you’re done!

Got an Extra 5 Minutes?

  1. Find another 12 or more items for donation.
  2. Set up a donation box or basket: Place it in a hall closet or the laundry (somewhere tidy that will still be a visual prompt), and use it any time you notice something unused or unloved in your home, wardrobe, car or office.

Now you’re a power donator!

The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra

Move fast. Don’t overthink. Let it go!

Start the 5-minute timer now.

Got a Question?

If you have questions about any of the 30-Day Organize-athon tasks, or the 30-Day Organize-athon program in general, please ask your question on this Q&A post or on this Facebook post.

I’ll put together a special Q&A post and answer the questions for you.

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See you tomorrow!

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Michele | Get Organized Gal

Michele is into writing, books, simplicity, love, TV, productivity, and staying thin in a world of chocolate.

108 thoughts on “30-Day Organize-athon | Day 27: Declutter By Donating A Dozen

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  2. Debra Page says:

    Scary times. Didn’t get to read til the second. Wednesday we had tornadoes all day starting at 5:30 at my daughters. We werem’t actually damaged, just no electricity til now. This has been an ongoing project since then. I am now very decluttered. Could probably find more if needed.

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