Getting It Ready To Give Away…

Getting It Ready To Give Away…

Getting It Ready to Give AwayOne man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
One man’s excesses can be another man’s necessity.

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.

a. Discard/Recycle
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.

b. Donate
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

Authored by: Ann Gambrell

Ann Gambrell is an organizational consultant, helping busy people to get organized since 1985. Ann is the originator of Creative Time-Plus, and conducts seminars, workshops and classes throughout the country. Ann is a founder and active member, of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. Her cassette tape and CD series relate to a variety of organizational topics including paperwork management, clutter control and kitchen organizing. View Ann's Profile on LinkedIn

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