Organising Your Charity Shop Donations

Organising Your Charity Shop Donations

My rule with clothes, bits and bobs for the house and furniture (heck, anything) is a strict one in, one out. Usually most items head off to the charity shop because I feel it is good to put back into the system I get so many delicious bargains from. I always have a canvas tote bag (or wicker basket if I’m collecting larger items) hanging on the cupboard door in my hallway.

It is always in my line of sight so it keeps the idea of donating and ridding myself of junk firm in my mind.  Even if I’m not bringing new stuff into our home I’m always looking out for items to donate or rid myself of and having a dedicated bag to pop the items in makes the whole process easier.Rather than having a huge, tiring and dull clear out, I just wait until the bag or basket fills up then walk down to the charity shop with my donations and whoop my home is lighter. I should add please don’t donate any old crap to charity shops, it isn’t fair and they often have to pay to get rid of it.

I even recently had one reader tell me of a couple of who donated an old, crappy boiler wrapped up in clothes – I’m sure the metal was probably worth a bit but come on, a charity shop isn’t a tip or scrap yard don’t treat it as one. Last year I put together this post on what not to donate to charity shops. So today your task is simple, find a bag or spot and make it your donation bag. Keep on top of it, add good qualitiy items and donate on a regular basis so it doesn’t become a huge, almighty task. I add things to the bag as and when they occur to me but I’m also fairly methodical in that I organise a drawer every day or every week and I’ll remove unwanted items as I go an either eBay them or add to my donation bag. It’s a great way of keeping on top of clutter.

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