*go purchase 3 or 4 large moving boxes from your local home improvement store.
(label them: donate, consign, trash, keep- find new home)
*make a list of all the rooms in your home. under each room categorize the main areas to sort.
*when your donate box gets full pack-it into a trash bag (label with a marker) and load into your car :) to then take to the appropriate place. We are donating to the local Bargain Box. I am a member of the Junior League of Raleigh and each year I have a quota donation to meet (last year we were the highest donors... go us :). When tax time rolls around we get an itemized document of every item we have donated and an associated value. EASY write off!
*once you have purged an area... throw away the random trash, dust balls, etc. and put that room back together again ( I leave the "deep cleaning" for another day/ another list).
*after you have purged the areas on your list. Only if you have a brain like mine... Start Over and do it again! I have a really hard time getting rid of because I feel like I will need or regret tossing. Partly because at some point it was paid for or given to us as a gift (because they obviously wanted us to have it, right?). Secondly, I have a daily battle with myself about being overwhelmed, overwhelmed with STUFF. I need "less is more" in my life! I need room in my closets. I am a chronic organizer. Everything in my life is labeled, sorted, and organized. ALWAYS. I often feel like we are growing out of our 2000 sq. ft. house. just my husband, dog, and I. Not possible. Don't need larger, just need less.
*then when all of the purging is finished.... I break out my trusty weekly & monthly cleaning list. Remember I told you I had an organized list for everything in my life. NO LIE.