Day 22: 30 Day Challenge

Day 22: Kids’ Toys, Books, & Games

Can you believe it’s day 22 already? This means I’ve gotten rid of 253 things from my house. Next Wednesday, the total will be 465. That’s what I call progress!

day 22Ok, today’s pile may not seem as applicable to any of you who haven’t had kids living with you but it’s always important to go through your books, games, and, yes, toys to determine if you (or your kids) are still using them. If there are books, games, phones, electronics, sporting goods, or tools that you’re not using and can’t imagine using again then now is the time to pass it on. You can donate these items to charity or give them to any church or school that you might need them. Check with family and friends to see if they might be interested, too.

Don’t worry about the money you’ve already spent on these items. Hopefully you used and enjoyed them and now it’s time to pass it along for someone else to enjoy.

Expired electronics like old cell phones, VCRs, and fax machines can be recycled properly by checking your county’s website. Type in your county name and “recycling” and you should get a list of locations to take just about anything you need recycled.

Happy organizing!

Day 12: 30 Day Challenge

Day 12: Discarding Books

day 12I know some of you are going to have problems with this one but hear me out. I love books. I love reading them and looking at them on my bookcase. I love referring back to them. But I can’t keep them forever. I want other people to have the opportunity to love them as much as I have.

There are lots of places to donate books: libraries, Goodwill, Salvation Army, retirement homes, schools, etc.

I say as long as you’re not adding them to a landfill, just donate them via the easiest method for you. You can also try selling them via Amazon.com’s book buyback program. Cash4Books.net and Amazon buy text books, too.  Some people have even sold books in bulk to decorators for styling bookcases. There are a lot of options here so scan your bookcase for books you no longer need and let someone else enjoy them.

Happy organizing!