Space Treat: A Bag a Day Keeps the Clutter Away.

donationsWell, we're deep into the holiday season now. I've been to quite a few parties and have more to come. Every time I arrive somewhere, I've always got gift in hand and so does everyone else. You know what that means, more stuff… and where is it all going? So even if you're not hosting a party, you're probably bringing some kind of gift through your front door this time of year.

In order to prevent a pile up, I have a very exciting challenge for you this week. Take one large shopping bag, like the ones from Old Navy, The Gap or Macy's and rush around your home, room by room; filing it up with anything you can bare to donate. The goal here is to fill up the entire bag for donation, thus creating a little more space for the new arrivals as well as a nice tax write-off for yourself.

The key here is to do it super FAST and NOT to agonize over it, AT ALL! Let your gut guide you and don't over think it. I did it during a commercial break while watching "30 Rock" last week. I gathered one very large novel (way over 1,000 pages) that took me all Summer to read, one very out-of-style sweater that I didn't even wear last Winter, 5 pairs of navy and grey sweat pants that I haven't worn in at least 2 years because I always tend to wear the black ones and 4 odd coffee mugs that were sitting in the back of my kitchen cabinet for a year now. There you have it, one full bag of donations! Gone! I'm sure all of you reading have at least one bag full of stuff to donate… pants, plates, pots, puzzles… get up and get to it! If you're feeling super courageous, do a bag a day!

Happy Holidaze,
Erica
www.TheSpacialist.com

3 thoughts on “Space Treat: A Bag a Day Keeps the Clutter Away.

  • December 21 2008 at 9:10 am
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    Erika,
    Wondeful suggestion! This year, especially, people are in need of so much and we all have a lot of unused "stuff' that would much appreciated. We try to do this a few times a year on those rainy days when we can't get out. Sure makes us feel better.

  • December 30 2008 at 4:27 pm
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    I use two of the plastic drawers from an old rolling plastic cart (that had three) in the trunk of my car. This way I can put any size items and groceries, etc. and (esp. plastic) bags and in and not worry about everything falling or rolling all over the trunk. Cheap, easy and practical.

  • January 9 2009 at 9:04 pm
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    The easiest way for me to store spools of thread is in clear zipper-type plastic bags. One large one for warm colors (reds, pinks, oranges, yellows), and another for cool colors (greens, blues, purples). Large or small bags for neutrals, and one for navies and blacks. If the bags are not too full, the one you need will show its pretty color.
    To store a single button or set of buttons, thread it/them onto a large safety pin. To keep all the buttons in one place, attach the pins onto a length of grosgrain ribbon or fabric scrap. (or another zipper bag)

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