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When It’s Time to Donate Instead of Organize!

In this post: Sometimes it’s better to get rid of the clutter than it is to just move it around and re-organize it. How do you know when it’s time to donate instead of organize? This article will show you how!

Normally I’m a huge fan of organizing. I think any room or space can benefit from “a place for everything and everything in its place”.

donation box, clothes

But Christmas is fast approaching with its onslaught of excess – bows, wrapping, gifts, toys, stocking stuffers, extra food, etc. – which can leave our homes feeling quite like us after all that Holiday eating – overstuffed!

There are several options for ridding our homes of extra clutter: sell it, donate it or throw it out.

I’m a big fan of the donate it category!

Donate Instead of Organize

So instead of more organizing this time around, I’m suggesting that we donate all that unused stuff instead.

Especially the unused stuff that hasn’t been used in awhile.

If you haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it!

But it’s not quite as simple as taking the contents of that closet or junk drawer and just dropping it off at your local thrift store.

They get more than their fair share of junk!

So how do you decide what exactly is donation-worthy?

donation box, clothes

Only donate items that:

  1. Still look good. No tattered and torn or rusty items should be given to your local thrift shop.
  2. Are in good working order. Do not donate things that are broken or in need of repair. Bonus points for fixing something and then donating it!
  3. Aren’t junk. Pretty much if something is garbage, put it there!

A great rule of thumb is donate it if it’s something you COULD sell but either don’t want to or don’t have the time to.

You never know by donating you may just make someone else’s Christmas!

Now What?

Need more decluttering help? Want me to walk you through a complete home decluttering, tackle some key mindset issues, and show you how to keep your home clutter-free going forward? All sprinkled with no-nonsense, loving encouragement for every step of the way? Then check out the step-by-step, room-by-room decluttering guide and workbook, The Clutter Fix. 

the clutter fix book in hands

Do you have any goodies that could be donate to local and national non-profits at Value Village?



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I'd love to chat with you in the comments!


  1. Sharon says

    Thank you for this post. I volunteer at a thrift store and we love stuff, but we really like the clean, organized and unbroken stuff the best 🙂

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