Weekend Assignment: Where Do Your Donations Go?
I’m aware of the fact that although I try my best to give you bite-size (read: actually do-able) weekend assignments, plenty of you are still having trouble finding the time to carry them out. Rather than completing a task before it even has a chance to consciously end up on your list–as is my intent–many of you are, instead, merely adding another task to an already long list.
The fact that you aren’t able to immediately follow through on a given assignment is understandable; you have a load of other priorities to uphold, and can’t hardly be expected to Drop Everything and Organize! game show style.
So while a long-term Live Simply assignment recipe is being formulated, one that better enables you to go into action (other than the action of adding another item to a to do list), the immediate solution shall be even Simpler assignments. Ones you won’t want or need to procrastinate, so concise will they be.
Anyhow, that’s how it’s going down this week. Who knows what next Thursday will look like.
I’ve spoken before about the importance of maintaining a donation receptacle in your home at all times, and I steadfastly stand by those statements.
Having a place to collect donate-able items when you’re in a rigorous editing phase is clearly a necessity. As you know you’re going to be letting things go that no longer serve you, you’re equally conscious of the need for a way to collect said discarded items. And knowing that you have a bag at the ready enables you to edit. It’s kind of a beautiful editing cycle, see?
Once you begin to Live Simply, there are less edits to make on a daily basis (though it continues to be a lifelong process). But the need for a bona-fide donation collection spot in your space is no less real.
Having an ongoing bag, spot, shelf, basket, etc. that is specifically appointed to the purpose of collecting discarded items is what allows you to make those occasional, continuous editing decisions. Because when the thought suddenly occurs to you on a random Tuesday that you don’t care for that itchy sweater at all anymore, whether or not you have a place for that sweater to land–and begin its journey out of your home and life–will be the difference between you actually getting rid of the thing that no longer lights you up, and shrugging your shoulders, hanging it back up, or balling it up in the corner of your closet, because, where else are you supposed to do with it?
Here it is then–your too easy to not do assignment:
1. Identify a donation receptacle in your home.
It might be a basket in your garage or in your entryway. It might be a cloth tote that hangs in your laundry room. It might even be a paper Trader Joes bag in your pantry.
It doesn’t matter where it lives or what form it takes, only that it exists, officially.
This Is The Place Where Things To Be Donated Go.
2. Decide how frequently you will empty the receptacle and actually donate the goods, and to where.
When the place/thing fills up is a perfectly acceptable frequency. As is every fourth Sunday.
Think it through and make a plan that works for you.
Will you drop the items off? Do you prefer to schedule routine donation pick-ups?
I promise that among the myriad other decisions you make on a daily basis, you are completely capable of making these measly three.
And we all want to know the lowdown on your donation collection system! So take a pic, post it to the channels and tag that shit #LIVESIMPLYBYME
Image credits: Apartment Therapy, Martha Stewart
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