Fueled by El Granto's searching for a specific article of clothing that never got unpacked when we moveed (yeah I know!), we did a bit of a mini organization session last weekend. It involved taking every single thing out of our closet, organizing and purging and filling five, yes FIVE! bags of clothes to donate.
We also made some room in our closet and dressers by swapping all our summer wear into storage, and getting out all our cold weather clothing.
After doing all that work in our closet, it inspired us to clean out a few more areas around our house. We had a few bigger pieces (dvd bookcases, a dishwasher, an office chair & some bedside tables) that were taking up too much real estate. A few minutes taking photos and writing up Craigslist/Kijiji postings, and we'd sold over half of it in less than 24 hours! (and given away a few items for free!) The cash made will get re-invested in home projects, and now there's some extra room in our garage and basement!
I always forget how easy it is to purge old unused things, and kick myself for not doing it more. I may not need things anymore, but I bet someone does.
For our clothing to donate, we set up a pick-up appointment with The Canadian Diabetes Association's Clothesline program. You can call, or schedule it online, and they will come and pick up your donations. (and no one needs to be home, just label everything with a "D" and put it on your front doorstep.)
The garage also got a tidy, and up next I am looking at you basement...