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Where Do Our Donated Items Go?

Are you considering hiring a professional organizer but are concerned about your unwanted items ending up in a landfill? When an organizer comes in for some serious decluttering, where do all the extra items go? 

Recently, professional organizing had a surge in popularity. All of a sudden words like “de-clutter” and “minimalist” were familiar words on everyone’s lips. Even though taking control of your life through organizing is a positive thing there can be some troubling consequences. Second-hand charity stores were inundated with household items, from furniture and books to kitchen utensils and clothing. Because of this sudden influx of items, a lot of them were left outside. Great items that could have had a second life were damaged by bad weather or were simply taken to landfill because the charity stores didn’t have space.

Now, what does this tell us? That organizing is bad? Absolutely not! However, it’s a great story to keep in mind because this runs into the heart of the organizing philosophy. Each client in a professional organizing session is encouraged to take pride and ownership of their household items and living space. Yet, if there are things that are no longer needed it’s up to the client to dispose of them thoughtfully. Organizing effectively is not just a technique it’s a way of life. So keep in mind that when working with a professional they won’t just be focused on what you’re keeping. They will also provide advice and about what you should do with unwanted objects. home organizing donated items

Some of the options when disposing of extra household items include:

Charity:

This is a great option because the organization can make money off the sale of your donation. On top of this, they will also help people access good quality items for an affordable price. Just keep in mind that most thrift-stores only accept donations when they are open for trading. Dispose of your items with respect and thoughtfulness!

Sell:

One of the most exciting parts of de-cluttering is discovering that you have some unwanted items with some value! Visit a local second-hand store or try selling your things online. eBay, Facebook Marketplace or Maxsold are great online platforms to start. If you have a lot of things consider running a garage sale or trading at a local market or fair. Have fun with it!

Throw away:

Unfortunately, this is just one of the necessary evils of decluttering. However, sometimes it can’t be avoided. Always chat with your professional organizer first to see if they have any more sustainable ideas or resources about how this item can be re-purposed.

If you’re ready for a fresh start – call us and we’ll chat with you about your organizing and decluttering needs. We here at ClutterBGone will ensure that your unwanted items are taken care of in a respective manner.

home organizing: where do I start

Home Organizing: Where Do I Start?

Tackling home organizing on your own can be a daunting project. Let us help you discover where to start!

Break it down

Organizing the entire household can be a lengthy and stressful process. Don’t pressure yourself to do it all at once. home organizing: where do I start?Tackle it room by room and break it down over a period of a few weeks. Set yourself a time period and a task and then focus on getting that small project complete. Otherwise, it will be easy to get distracted and overwhelmed by all the things on your to-do list!

Organizing when you have a family

If you don’t live alone, home organizing can be even more complicated. Most likely, the other household members won’t be around for the entire clean up. So before you start, make different sections for each family member. This is where you’ll place anything of theirs which they may want to get rid of. Next time you see them, make sure they go through their piles and immediately dispose of anything they don’t need. This will make the whole process a lot easier!

Stock up on supplies

Purchase plenty of garbage bags and spare boxes to put in items that are getting thrown away or taken to charity or goodwill. Make sure to get extra cleaning supplies, such as paper towel, multi-purpose spray, rags, and air freshener. Keep in mind that you should also call your local council to schedule a hard trash collection ahead of time. By preparing all this early you can dig into cleaning and get everything organized efficiently.

Tackling that first room

Now that you’ve stocked up on supplies and planned a schedule, it’s time to start cleaning. Which room should you tackle first? This may seem counter-intuitive, but the best place to begin is the storage areas. This includes spare rooms, closet spaces, the garage, attic, and wherever else you store miscellaneous things. The reason why this is the best place to start organizing is that you first need to create space to store any important objects. Most likely the things that will be thrown away will be items that have been gathering dust in storage. Set aside plenty of time to clean and organize any full storage spaces.

Next up: The shared rooms

After making space in storage areas, start working on shared rooms. This would include the kitchen, living area, dining room, and communal bathrooms. Try and get the other members of the household involved in the project too. This is especially important if you have young children, as they will enjoy learning how to clean and have a sense of pride that they have been involved.

By de-cluttering space and giving each item a specific home, it will be easier to keep everything organized all year round. Make sure you let family or housemates know where each spot is. Better yet, make labels for different sections. After you’ve finished the communal areas, it’s time for the private ones.

And remember, we are here to help you along the way if you need a little extra support. Organizing your home is always easier with expertise, support and coaching from an organizing professional.  With our Lead Organizer on site, any space is redeemable! We provide space planning and efficient storage ideas and solutions for easy access and retrieval.  We’ll help you sort, pare down and liberate yourself from what you don’t need, creating strategies and a system of home organization specifically tailored for you. We even assist you with space planning and re-design.