- For anything you need to donate, make a list yourself of everything you have. That way when you go to Goodwill or wherever you go to donate, you can have them give you a receipt and attach it to your list. Are you lazy like I used to be and don’t track what you donate? Check out the Goodwill official Donation Valuation Guide to see how much you could be claiming as a charitable deduction. Bonus points if you track your list in Excel or other spreadsheet programs so you can easily add it up come tax time.
- If you say you are going to do a yard sale, give yourself a month to do it. That is it. Only exception is if you live in a neighborhood where they do regularly scheduled ones and you hang on to the stuff until then. If you go past your time limit, pile it in the car and take it to Goodwill.
- Once you get your new space all cleaned out think about what goes into it the next time you are cleaning. Instead of just throwing the magazines in the pile or stuff in the kitchen junk drawer, think about if you really need it or if you are just going to throw it out on the next organizational kick!
Thrifty Decor Chick
P.S. - If you want to read my next organizational post that builds on this one check it out here!