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Tearing off the Band-Aid

Hey, folks, one of the moderators here.

I recently did one of my regular purges and after getting a pile of stuff together that I didn't want anymore, I tossed it all in the garbage. Over the next few weeks, I want you to do the same.

Yes, I know it's hard. It's counterintuitive to just throw perfectly good things away when someone else could use them. But I've found that if you put them somewhere to be taken to Goodwill at some point in the future, that point will never come and the stuff will sit there.

So, rather than try to find new homes for your stuff, we're going to tear off the Band-Aid quickly and get it over with: This weekend, find a grocery bag or small box and fill it with crap you don't need anymore. Then, go to the garbage can and throw it out. Do not look back. Do not go back and bring some of it back in.

If you can't do this and insist you must go to charity, then at 12 noon on Saturday, you have an appointment with the donation site. You have Saturday morning to purge and fill a box. Fill the box, put it in your car, get in the car, and donate your items. Don't waste time sitting about what you could do with the stuff, who might want it or how much it could be worth.

The point is: You don't want it anymore. It's cluttering up your home, and the easiest way to get rid of it is quickly so that the pain is as short as possible. Trust me, once you've done this and you see less crap in your home, you will feel thirty pounds lighter.


Jan. 15th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)

Ugh, I think that's my biggest obstacle; the time lag between purging and actually cleaning up. We are on the list for Community Services for the Blind and they call to tell us when the truck is coming. Then I have a pile slowly growing for two weeks until the truck comes for pickup. Of course I could just drive to Goodwill as needed but that isn't as "efficient" as piling up stuff to sit there by the front door for over a week! Okay, rant over. Got more stuff to bag up.

That said, I have loosened my standards a little about what I'm able to throw away vs. donate... although it still hurts to think of that waste even on a small scale. One compromise is to store donations in the back of the car and just drive around with them for a few days...


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