Tag and Bag - Make Space
Next, make a first pass at bagging small unwanted items. Pack up hazardous waste in boxes for the spring drop off in your community. Gather trash/sharp items in contractor bags. Pack donations in bags or boxes for charity drop off. Think of family or friends who may want free stuff. If there is a saleable item or collection of items that might sell online pack it up and record a detailed description for listing later. Take care of the bags and boxes as soon as possible: put trash at curb, load donations in car or schedule friends to pick up. Getting rid of unwanted things is critical because it opens up space to work with the rest of the stuff. Homework: follow up by bringing things off site. Commit to a deadline to sell those items of value after which you agree to donate.
Granted, not knowing what to do with unwanted, still good things is challenging and frustrating. You may be one of those people who cannot throw away something that’s still good. Here are some ideas. Most trash haulers will make an extra stop at a donation site for you or may take the still good stuff in exchange for a reduction in trash removal costs. Contact charities to ask if they pick up. Take pictures for listing at online free offer sites. Be creative. Ask around for advice. Make a list of unwanted, still good items and develop a plan of action with deadlines and contingency plans as well. If the garage has not been decluttered in a while, this step may take a few days to accomplish. Remember your clean garage vision and keep working toward that!
Next time – Part 2: Bins and Boxes