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List of Questions to ask when Organizing, Decluttering, Keeping, Donating | Metropolitan Organizing®

List of Questions to ask when Organizing, Decluttering, Keeping, Donating | Metropolitan Organizing®



Tip: Print and drop into page protectors. Tape or clip to boxes when decluttering. Organizing and decluttering your home take time but neither are difficult nor complicated. Usually, just getting started is the hard part. As you unclutter, work through one room at a time. Set up a decluttering station using a few baskets, boxes or other containers. Label each container clearly with the final action you will take. Keep, Trash, Sell or Donate. Keep is only for the items you love, use or need. Trash any broken or worthless items that cannot be recycled. Sell is for consignment, garage sale or craigslist worthy items. Donate is for clean, working items of value that can be given to a local charity. When uncluttering, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Do I/we love this?
  • Do I/we use this?
  • Do I/we need to hang onto this? (for legal or financial reasons)
  • If it’s not working, is it worth fixing?
  • Is it worth the space it occupies?
  • Could I/we find it on the internet?
  • Could I/we easily replace it or borrow it?

Here’s a list of what you’ll need: Signs Signs for boxes, bags, baskets or containers

  • Keep
  • Trash
  • Sell
  • Donate

You may need three more signs,

  • Return if you tend to borrow things or buy things and need to return them to the store
  • Recycle
  • Shred

Notebook + Pen or Laptop Create an itemized list of things you’re donating for tax purposes Timer To help you stay on task + remain focused


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    1. Perfect downloadables! We are so in the decluttering and organizing mode right now – we spent the summer away and realized that we really don’t use 1/4 of what we have. While I have the kids in this mode, we will be packing away and getting rid of most of our belongings. Perfect timing – thank you so much!!
      xo ~kim

    2. Hi Geralin!
      I blog at Goodbye, house. Hello, Home, and I have been doing a 31 Days to a Staged Home series for the month of October.
      Mind if I add the link back to this post of these tags to my decluttering post? http://www.goodbyehousehellohome.com/2012/10/31-days-to-staged-home-day-9_9.html
      They are perfectly suited to help my readers purge to prepares for selling.
      I am friends with Toni Hammersley and I spotted your pin/tags on our Top Organizing Bloggers board.
      I am also a Professional Organizer here in Greenville, SC, but my first love is Home Staging!
      Thank you so much!!
      Happy Organizing!

      • Hello Leslie,

        You’ve just brightened my day by stopping by (via A Bowl Full of Lemons blog) and by all means, YES! Please do share the link with your clients. I have a few more goodies for your clients who are decluttering before staging so please do check back. Happy home staging (and organizing) to you in Greenville, SC!