If you jumped on the New Year’s Resolution bandwagon, chances are, you’re inching closer and closer to falling off of it by now. Whether that means we’ve decided it’s too cold for the gym, or there isn’t enough time to make lunch every day before work, or cleaning out the closet can wait because some awards show is on, resolutions tend to be relatively easy to break this early on.
But Savers wants to help you revive your organization resolutions.
The folks at Savers know it can be hard to let go of items and even harder to start the process of cleaning out and organizing. But Savers understands, and because they do, they’ve put together five great tips for cleaning out your closet and your home. Here they are:
- Bring in support. It is oftentimes helpful to have someone with an objective opinion standing by as you sort through items and have to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. This allows you to separate your emotional attachment to items and determine a more practical approach. You could even trade services and help each other get organized.
- Stay on task and be organized about getting organized. Some experts have recommended starting in one corner of the room and working your way around the room in a circle. Also, don’t move on to the next room until you are finished with the first. If you need to take a break, always return back to where you left off.
- Create a “keeping versus saving” rule. Be realistic about what makes sense to keep and what doesn’t. If you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in more than six months, or since you last cleaned out your closet, it’s ready to go. Many people find success in donating an item for every item they buy. In other words, if something new comes into your home, something old needs to go out. If you are someone who always wants to keep things, just in case you ever need it again, having a standard rule will make it harder for making excuses on why to hang onto every single item.
- Make it a family project! Designate a place for donations in a handy, but inconspicuous location in your home. Encourage family members to place items like clothes, toys and housewares that they no longer want or need into the bin. If you have kids, your children will learn valuable lessons in seeing that not everything has to go into the trash, and something they don’t want any longer can be used (and treasured!) by someone else.
- Now what? When your donation bin is full of all your unused clothing, housewares, furniture and more, use Savers’ Nonprofit Locator Tool to find a nearby Community Donation Center where you can drop off your goods or get a list of Savers nonprofit partners in your area with donation home pick-up service. Visit www.savers.com/Where-To-Donate.aspx and type in your zip code to identify the most convenient drop off location or a specific nonprofit organization you want to support.
Some of their tips are actually very similar to my own closet cleaning-out tips. And let me tell you, they’re a lot easier than they sound! Oh, and sometimes, when I donate stuff at Savers, they give me a coupon good on my next purchase (which is good right away)! How awesome is that?!
Tips are great, but what’s even better? A Savers Gift Certificate!
That’s right, in addition to the great tips above, Savers has been so kind to offer two lucky Suburban Style Challenge fans one $25 giftcard each! And in case you forgot, it’s really easy to stretch your dollar at Savers. $25 could get you all kinds of things to help you organize, such as pretty little dishes or vintage boxes for your jewelry, one of my favorite ways to organize and showcase my baubles!
So go ahead and enter using the Rafflecopter below. I’ll be drawing a winner next Thursday (that’d be February 6th), and there are daily entries, so be sure to enter early and enter often, all the way through midnight on February 5th! You do have to be a US resident and over 18 to enter, though. Good luck!
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