If one of your New Year's Resolutions is to give back and do more for your community, or to clean up the clutter, I challenge you to do both this year. It is easier than you think!
Here are a few ideas to get started:
Crap-valanche definition: overloaded, avalanche-like piles that are at high risk of falling and spreading all over
- Identify up to 12 areas to attack. They can be a piles, closets, drawers, or other spaces that needs sorting and cleaning. Pick areas you can get through in 1-3 hours.
- Schedule one day each month to go through an area. Put it in your calendar!
- On the scheduled day, get four bags, bins or containers. One each for trash, give away, keep, or relocate.
- Put every single item in one of the containers.
- Throw out the trash and store the keep/relocate items.
- Use HeroSearch.org to find out who needs the give-away items and put them in the car for drop off.
According to the EBay/Nielsen survey, there are roughly 50 items that make up the majority of the $3100 of unused stuff you have. This challenge is about finding them!
- Put a box or bin near a back door or easily seen (but out of the way) area.
- As you go about your daily routine, consider what you don't need or use in your house.
- Your challenge is to put at least one item in the box each week.
- Each 2-3 months, go to HeroSearch.org to find out what charities need the treasures you have in the box.
- Rinse, repeat!
This is a great way to teach kids the joy of giving. When you search together for needed donations and read about the impact together, you have a chance to talk about how even children can make a difference.
- Set aside a special time weekly or monthly with your child or children.
- Find out what causes are important to them. Do they love animals, do they want to help other children, veterans, or elderly?
- Search by that cause on HeroSearch.org to find items that are needed in your area.
- Make a list of the items and where/when they can be delivered.
- Collect the goods from your closets, basement, and attic, or even buy something new.
- Bring children with you to deliver the goods so they get a hands-on sense of where there items are going and how one child can truly make a difference to someone else.