Decluttering Tip: Stop Putting Things Away

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When I am tidying up our house, folding laundry or emptying the dishwasher, I am considering every item that I touch. Why put away something we don’t need or want when I could easily skip that step and place it directly in the donation bag?

When I tell clients that I purge roughly one bag of stuff per week, they always wonder how I did it so easily and also where the items came from. I’m not usually digging into the backs of closets and drawers. Instead, I am assessing each item I come into contact with by chance and evaluating its presence in our home. Just like we casually examine a piece of fruit before eating it, I casually gauge the items in our lives before putting them away.

This split-second decision becomes second nature with enough practice. I promise I don’t hem and haw over each thing—that would be exhausting! This is quick and painless, and it completely avoids the time-consuming experience of a full-on decluttering session. If you can get into the habit, I think you might find it as effective as I do.

p.s. This applies to broken/ruined items too. These should go directly into the garbage. Putting away these sorts of things is nuts, but we’ve all done it. Break the cycle!

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  1. We are in the process of moving so I am looking at everything and choosing not to pack a lot of the things we don’t need or use. Do you have any suggestions for what to do with household items that I want to let go of? What do you do with the bag of stuff that you purge?

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    1. Hi Anna!
      What a great time to declutter—moving is the perfect opportunity! 80% of the stuff we purge gets donated to Goodwill. There is a drop off location just a few miles from my house, and I am a very regular customer :) For the remainder, roughly 10% is consigned, 5% is sold on Craigslist and 5% is given to a family or friend who needs it. Good luck!

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