Things I have learned about Decluttering
Things I have learned about Decluttering
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During the most recent purge. We ended up donating most of our clothes to Savers. Savers is a privately held for-profit thrift store retailer offering second-hand merchandise. They take any donation and their distributors see what items can be sold as second-hand merchandise.
According to financial documents, Savers keeps roughly 83 cents of every dollar it takes in, while the supported charities get only 17 percent.
Our goal wasn't to support savers. Our goal was to donate old clothes to people that may need it. We wanted to get it out of the house and not throw it away.
We did throw away some clothes that were in poor condition - such as holes or had really bad food stains. (Why did we keep them?)
Check various local sources that accept clothing donations. There are some places that may specialize in distributing only children's clothes.
Read up on what places are accepting what. A good read is the "Items we Accept" by the Cradles to Crayons in Boston. The Recycling Partners PDF is a excellent list of places that accept items that you may have.
We reached out to the Facebook community to see if people are looking for certain clothes. We didn't sell them, just let them know the size and season that we had available.
There's no reason to hold on to all the kid's clothes. It's okay to keep a few things that may have sentimental value. However, keeping every item doesn't make sense for future children. You may find that the next child may need certain clothes in different seasons.
We found that clothes stored in bins with lock lids did better than clothes in trash bags. We'll never use trash bags as a means to store clothes - even for seasonal clothes.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in your home? Are you struggling to find a place for everything, and feel like you're constantly cleaning up after yourself? If so, Fly Lady might be able to help.
Fly Lady is a professional declutterer who can help you get your home organized and tidy in no time. She offers helpful advice on how to declutter your home effectively and provides tips on how to keep it neat and tidy over time. Her methods are simple but effective, and she's helped many people achieve a more organized lifestyle.
If you're interested in getting started with Fly Lady's decluttering advice, her website offers plenty of resources including tipsheets, e-books, online courses and more. There's also a free 21-day trial membership available so that you can try out her methods before committing fully. So if clutter has been causing stress in your life, why not give Fly Lady a try? You might be surprised at how much difference she can make!
Several times each week someone writes and want to know if my home is perfect. All I can say is that we don't live in a museum. I am not striving for perfection, just peace.
Let me make myself clear. I am one of you; I struggle with all the same problems that you do: My Hot Spots catch fire just like yours. I have peace knowing that if you came to my door, I could let you in without fear. I have no clutter.
In 5 minutes all my hot spots could be extinguished. You could open up all of our closets and you would not be in danger of losing your life from falling objects. I could even take you to our basement and Robert's office. This area used to be our dungeon, but they are getting better each week. Our garage is now a workstation for shipping and Robert's office is Computer Central. The space is functional, even if it is not perfect.
So you see, we live in our home. It is our place of refuge from the outside world. It is our work and our play environment. Our home hugs us and makes us feel comfortable. It welcomes our guests without the stress of having to make it look acceptable to strangers, close friends or family. We do not get in a tizzy if we track in a bit of mulch from our garden paths or if the critters leave footprints on the hardwood floors, because we know it is the work of only a few minutes to clean them up. Since I enjoy seeing my kitchen sink shining you would think that I would go into a mad rage if a glass is left there or if I find a few renegade coffee grounds clouding my reflection. No I don't! It is so simple to just fix it instead of upsetting the tranquility of our home. It doesn't matter in the full scheme of things. What doesn't matter really doesn't matter! Why get all upset when you are talking for a few seconds.
Our home is lived in, not put on display for the world to judge. Even though I would be happy to open my doors to anyone and we have at a moment's notice. In a museum, you can't touch; all you can do is look. Our home is enjoyed by us! Not only is it a pleasure to see because we only have things that bring a smile to our hearts, but we can use everything in our home. When was the last time you opened up your china cabinet and served a meal off of your grandmother's china and good silverware?
My peace comes from being able to find things, live and work in a loving environment, and open my door at any time. I want for you the peace that I have found. It all started with shining my sink and establishing simple routines. You can have this too but is doesn't happen overnight. BabySteps will get you there: One small habit at a time and add to each habit until you are able to put together your own rhythm to FLY by!
Are you ready to FLING open your doors and join me FLYing?
Are you doing your spring cleaning? Making frequent trips to the dump? Maybe its time to think about getting a household dumpster for a couple of weeks?
Dumpsters are great for disposing of large quantities of waste quickly and easily. They're perfect for spring cleaning when you have a lot of clutter to get rid of. And they're also great for big projects like remodeling your kitchen or bathroom. Instead of making multiple trips to the dump, you can just load everything up and wheel it away!
Renting a dumpster is easy - just call your local waste management company and they will deliver one right to your driveway. You can choose from different sizes depending on how much waste you need to dispose of. Most companies offer weekly or bi-weekly pickups, so you can always have a clean driveway!
The cost of a dumpster has gone up. It now costs about $440 to rent a 10-yard dumpster for two weeks. If you need more time - some places will let you keep it for an additional $10 a day. Two weeks should be enough time!
A dumpster is a must-have when you decide to move. You can use a dumpster to get rid of all those things in the basement - many of which you haven't seen in years.
If you don't have a lot of things to discard - team up with your neighbor and share the expense. We did this for several years with one of our neighbors to help with the spring cleaning.
The size of the dumpster depends on what you need. I would suggest starting small and then working up from there. Understand the height limit of the dumpster. If you're unsure about whether or not something will fit , ask someone at the rental company before making your rental decision.
Note: Some recycle drop-off centers will take certain things for free such as magazines, shoe boxes or metal. Don't overload the dumpster with things that you can easily dispose of for free. (Framingham Recycle center will also accept rigid plastics - such as playground equipment)
Don't put a grill in your dumpster if you can drop it off at the recycling center for free! This goes for lawn chairs!
Know what can and cannot be thrown away in a dumpster. Certain items, like electronics and hazardous materials, should not be disposed of in this way. Check with your local dumpster company for a list of prohibited items. Keep in mind that corrugated cardboard should be recycled!
Don't fill it up too high - You don't want to overload the dumpster and have it topple over onto your property or worse, into the street! Be careful not to put too much weight on top of it.
Dumpsters can have an additional charge if it weighs too much. Usually, the first 1-ton is included in the price.
One ton is equivalent to 100-trash bags that weigh 100-pounds each. That's a lot of trash!
Savers is encountering a staff shortage like every other retail business in 2022. Because of this shortage, they cannot go through all the donations - especially now during the busy spring cleaning period. As a result, most of the things that get donated are just thrown away.
Donating to Savers is not helping anyone out - it's actually doing more harm than good. By donating to Savers, you're essentially contributing to the wastefulness of our society. There are better ways to donate your belongings and help those in need.
There are plenty of local charities that would love your donations - and they'll make sure everything gets put to good use! Contact your local charity and ask how you can best help out their cause. You'll be making a real difference in someone's life, rather than contributing to the destruction caused by Savers' staff shortage."
Donate Clothes - There are so many benefits to washing and donating unused clothes! Not only do you get rid of clutter, but you also help someone in need. By donating clothes that are still in good condition, you're providing a person who may not be able to afford new clothing with some much-needed apparel. So before you toss out those old clothes that are just taking up space, take a few minutes to wash them and donate them. You'll feel great knowing that you've helped someone in need, and your closet will be less cluttered too!
Donate Books at Thrift Shops - Thrift shops are a great place to donate your old books. Not only will you be helping out a good cause, but you may also receive a tax deduction for your donation. Thrift shops often need new books to restock their shelves, so your donation will be put to good use.
Old Small Appliances - Donating your used appliances to the Salvation Army is a great way to help those in need and get rid of your old appliances at the same time. The Salvation Army will pick up your old appliances and donate them to people who need them. This is a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Art Supplies - Donate art supplies at Make & Mend! Art is a powerful tool for expression and creativity, and everyone should have access to it. By donating your unused art supplies to Make & Mend, you can help us provide creative opportunities for people of all ages. They appreciate your support!