My friends talked about their need to de-clutter, not their desire to accumulate my excess. I wondered if anyone would come. In an attempt to invite everyone who might want to participate I feared annoying those that wouldn’t dream of carrying my junk into their homes.
Those who plan to host a similar event should know:
- Only ten percent of those invited came.
- I received calls, texts, emails, and Facebook messages from an additional fifteen percent. They loved the idea but didn’t attend. Reasons were schedule conflicts and, “We have too much stuff already.”
- Approximately seventy-five percent of those invited didn’t respond, at all.
- One hundred percent of the Driveway Giveaway guests took more than one treasure home.
- I kept the refreshments simple: bottled, organic lemon-aid and hot-air popped corn.
- The weather was perfect.
- A plan for donating the remaining items, when the event was over, was a huge help.
- I intended to take lots of pictures. In the relaxation and fun of the day, I was sidetracked. There are only a few. Fortunately, a thoughtful mom took this one.
Eliminating Excess: Where Should I Start?
This is what you’ve waited for: the system I used to clear out the storage areas of our home.
How Sick of Stuff are you? The sicker you are, the more effective the method.
You can start anywhere. I’ll ask questions to help you customize the plan to suit you.
1. What area of your home consistently irritates you? And seems (comparatively) simple to complete?
The storage areas of my house seemed to be exploding with stuff. I’d accumulated toys and baby gear for the months my grandchildren and their parents visited, and I was behind on general maintenance. De-cluttering the whole house (or the kitchen) intimidated me. I needed to start where I would see, and feel, results quickly. I began with my clothes closet.
Tired of tripping over my camera case and digging through stacks to find a cami, I returned stashed stuff to its’ appropriate space and tossed out-of-date and rarely-worn clothing. With no need to consult other family members, I was ruthless with my wardrobe. I bagged up discards and took them to a donation drop-off spot the next morning.
Now, when I enter my closet, it’s easy to find what I want and quick to put things away. When I leave, I’m smiling.
Where did (or will) you start?