Where do I start? My life is so disorganized!”
Start with just five minutes a day.
“But I can’t accomplish anything in just five minutes!”
Five minutes a day is more than nothing, it’s a containable time period, and by the end of one week – you’ll have dedicated more than 35 minutes to your de-cluttering goal. Here are some road rules to follow, five minutes at a time.
Today’s 5 Minute Fix: Put a load in your car for charity.
So many people keep items they no longer want – in anticipation of the big tag sale, or the church bazzaar, or the local shelter’s needs. But – here’s some advice… Unless you know of a sale that is scheduled and being advertised in the next 3 months, don’t keep those items on hand. Move them along into the system where it can do the most good.
Statistics show that most people grossly over-estimate an items’ value for re-sale at a tag sale. For example – they estimate that because they “paid’ a lot of money for an item, it is “worth” a lot of money as a re-sold item. But – studies have shown that the typical tag sale price is anywhere from ten cents to ten dollars. With the dawn of on-line selling via ebay, amazon, and Craig’s List, the tag sale market has really been de-valued. And fewer people are holding tag sales due to the sheer amount of work involved unless they are clearing out an estate or moving. Many a tag-sale operator have been disappointed with the weeks of preparation work, to walk away with less than $200 for a full weekend sale. Most items that are truly worth more than ten dollars should be sold on consignment at a store or via e-bay or Craig’s List. The re-sale value on most items is just not there any longer in the tag sale market.
If you’ve de-cluttered and are holding onto a “to sell” pile, that’s just taking up space in a corner of your attic or basement, take a few minutes to box it up and put it in your trunk. Then make sure you schedule time to swing by your nearest e-bay seller, or donation center and drop it off within three days. It’s much more difficult to bring it back into your home when it’s already in the car are set to go!
If you need help decluttering – consider downloading one of the following to help you:
- Free Resource Guide from my Free Stuff located on my site: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
- “Time To Toss It” gives you all the guidelines you need for over-due items. You’ll finally have guidelines for how long to keep items on everything from kitchen items, to beauty supplies, to important papers.
- My “Dimensions Workbook” was created as a self-guided workbook to walk you through the organizing process, step-by-step. It’s like hiring a Professional Organizer to guide you through de-cluttering your most frustrating areas.
- OR – Hire a Professional Organizer to work with you as a tele-coach, or side by side with you in your space to help you move forward.