Go Room by Room
Tired of cleaning around countless possessions, finding space in bulging closets, and sorting through overflowing bookshelves, many of us are choosing to live with less. If you’re spending more time battling your belongings that enjoying your experiences, hobbies, friends and family, maybe it’s time to join the minimalist movement! Here are four tips on how regular donations can help you organize your home and keep it clean, manageable and focused.
If you want to simplify your life and downsize your belongings, you’ll have to make some tough decisions about what to keep, and what to donate. The task may seem daunting at first, but if you break it down into small sessions going room by room in your home, you will find it much easier to handle. Schedule an afternoon per room and take your time. You don’t want to be overwhelmed with regret later after donating a beloved book or favourite pair of worn-in jeans because you felt rushed.
One common rule of purging clothes and belongings is if you haven’t worn or used it within the past 12 months, it doesn’t hold a place in your current life and should move on. Value Village will gladly accept your unwanted clothes provided they’re clean, free of stains and holes, and all zippers and buttons are intact. Men’s, women’s and children’s attire are all welcome, so load up a box or bag with gently used shirts, dresses, socks, underwear, sweaters and hats and bring them to your nearest location.
Is your kitchen overrun with too many pots and pans? Is your basement bursting with rarely used sports equipment or forgotten electrical items such as toasters, mixers, blenders or radios? They’ll take those things, too. Clear the clutter and add knick-knacks such as candles, baskets, jewellery, ornaments, vases and picture frames to your donation pile. Once you’ve completed this first sweep of your home, your space will feel lighter, cleaner and more manageable.