Before the holiday season is in full swing, make a commitment to yourself to create space for 2012. I know it is easier to say than do, but the benefits will be worth it!
Let's focus on three areas: 1) pantry/food cabinets 2) closets 3) studio/home office (the order is intentional - I'm setting you up for instant gratification)
All you will need for this space commitment project are bags. Paper bags (re-useable bags are fine) and garbage bags, that's it! Removing items from these 3 locations will be beneficial in creating space but also contributing to your community as a whole.
2) Take a garbage bag with you the next time you go to the closet with coats. Temperatures are changing and many people are in need of an extra layer or a gently used jacket or coat. In addition to coats you or your family do not wear anymore, hats, scarves, mittens and gloves are also appreciated. Next take a bag to your closet or a family members closet and look through the clothing (accessories) and consider what can be donated. Don't forget to consult with family members before going through their closet. Donate items to a local charity.
♦ Throw away or recycle the first bag of items
♦ Make decision about the appropriate location for the bag marked "now"
♦ Slowly go through the bag marked "later" by removing items every few days until it is empty (this eliminates the feeling of being overwhelmed)
The purpose of the bag system is to immediately create space, de-clutter and ease of transport.
Benefits of making a commitment to creating space:
• More free space
• Helping others in need (tax donation receipt)
• A manageable goal to meet
What other benefits can you think of?