It’s that time of year when stores are advertising storage bins, containers, and all the ways to organize your home. Where do you even start? Well, first off, don’t buy any containers or bins yet! You need to know what you need to organize and how before purchasing anything. Sometimes, you not need to purchase any storage containers depending on how much you declutter!
Start in one room. If you try to declutter and organize multiple rooms at once, you’ll stop even before you’ve fully started. Decluttering can get overwhelming quickly so tackle one room at a time, maybe one weekend at a time.
Get rid of anything you do not use anymore (good rule of thumb- if you haven’t used that kitchen appliance or worn that shirt in a year, time to get rid of it). Some items you can donate and some just need to be tossed. It may be helpful to have a friend as he or she can give some real perspective on what you do need and what you do not.
Any items that you don’t need, but are in good condition can be donated. Below are list of places that can use donations:
Habitat for Humanity ReStore (call ahead and see specifically what they will take-typically good condition appliances and furniture)
And if you are looking for more great places to donate to- Apartment Therapy wrote an excellent article on “25 Places to Donate Stuff”
You’ve rid yourself of all the things you do not need or use. Now it’s time to go get some shelving, bins, or containers- if you even need them! You may find that you only need 2 shelves and some fabric containers to hold a few things or maybe a few storage bins.
Enjoy your newly organized home and money saved from getting rid of things you don’t need or use anymore!