Welcome to the Spring Cleaning for Busy Moms Challenge! Last week we finished off by organizing our leftovers containers. Today, we’re going to set up a system for getting rid of our clutter, but making a donate/garage sale box.
Before we begin, here are the guidelines for the entire challenge. They will keep your from feeling overwhelmed. They apply to today’s task too:
Guidelines for the Spring Cleaning for Busy Moms Challenge
- Focus on progress, not perfection. We’re not going for Pinterest-worthy images. We just want our homes to look and feel a little bit better.
- Each task should only take 30 minutes. If you want to work for longer, you can. But, if you really dedicate a good 30 minutes to the challenge each day, you’ll see great progress. Don’t work so long that you’re completely burnt out.
- Hydrate while you work. It will make you feel better, give you energy, and keep you going.
- Plan a reward for finishing each daily task. Help yourself stay motivated.
- It’s okay to miss a day. Sick kids, vacations, and busy days happen. If you want, you can make it up on the weekend, or on a day when one of the tasks doesn’t apply to you.
- The challenge isn’t designed to be done in a certain order. If you miss a day, or if one of the tasks doesn’t apply to you, just go ahead and start again with the next activity.
- Join our Facebook group for support. Share your before and after photos, talk with others, and make new friends!
On to the donate/garage sale box…
How to Start a Donate/Garage Sale Box
- Set your timer for 30 minutes.
- Find a big box or two that you can use. If you have cardboard boxes, that’s preferable. If not, you can use laundry baskets or bags.
- Decide if you’re going to have a garage sale in the near future. Garage sales are a lot of work, and they aren’t always the best use of your time. But, I love having garage sales. If you don’t love garage sales, or aren’t interested in spending 20 hours working on a garage sale to make about $150, you probably don’t want to make a garage sale box.
- With a huge marker, write DONATE BOX, and GARAGE SALE (if applicable) on your boxes. Make your lettering huge and super-obvious.
- Put your boxes in a place that’s out of the way, but easy to get to. I put our boxes in the garage, so I can easily load them into my car if needed.
- Start going through your house and filling up your boxes with stuff you want to donate and/or sell in your next garage sale.
- Going forward, whenever you think, “Hey, I should just donate that,” bring it out to your handy box. You’ll get it out of your house, and on its way to its happy new owner.
Don’t worry if you don’t get through all of the above tasks. Remember – anything you do during this challenge is making your home a more-organized place! You’re making progress, and that’s not always easy to do. Way to go!
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