1. Make a list of those to receive the items, including family members, friends, charities and others.
2. Gather 3 large receptacles to hold smaller items: large plastic trash bags, plastic bins/totes or clean trash cans. Small plastic bags will be good for small items.
Label the containers: Discard, Donate and Keep.
Try not to make other piles such as: “think about it later” or “not sure”.
3. As you go through these basic areas of sorting and distribution ask:
- “When was the last time I used or accessed this?
- “Does this have any further use to anyone?”
- “Who could use or needs this?”
- “Who would like to have this?”
Then proceed with the steps below as you handle each item.
These items either have no further use to anyone and should be thrown out, or they can be recycled through a local agency or city service.
Donating will make it easier to dispose of some items. There is much less guilt with disposing of an item if it can be donated to someone in need. Locate a favorite charity. Remember local schools, religious groups, shelters, etc. may be grateful for your contribution of clothing, kitchen items, margarine tubs, shoe boxes, plastic bags and more.
c. Keep and distribute.
What remains after this sorting is what will be available to those on the recipients list. Anything remaining can be donated to charity. You may want to take photographs of some of the items for a family memory scrapbook.
d. Keep a list of charities handy for quick reference…before you change
your mind and keep things just taking up space and that you do not