The "Bag A Week" Club

<p>I am in!!! </p>

<p>Started before reading this thread with intention to clean up the house. </p>

<p>The first box is all used medicines. It turns out, we have at least three cabinet full of all old meds - some are over 15 years old. </p>

<p>The dilemma I have is about those Chinese herb supplements. One of the unopened boxes has a $49.50 price label on it.</p>

<p>I'm in. We don't have nearly as much as we used to because we moved a little over a year ago, but I think it's time to get rid of the stuff we thought we'd use in the new house but won't.</p>

<p>This is a great idea! I shared with DH, and he says he gives it a week, with a kitchen-sized trash bag, but I think this thread is going to help me stay accountable :). Here's to "Gettin' the closets clean in 2014"!</p>

<p>I'm in. In fact, I have been in for a long time. It is a constant struggle to keep up with the stuff that we no longer wear or need but that takes up precious space. Also, another of my resolutions is to keep my room clean and not let the clothes pile up. So this is great motivation!</p>

<p>I'm in! I did this a little before Christmas, but not nearly enough. I've got two weeks before classes start--I'll try to get a jump on this while it's quiet.</p>

<p>(As far as VHS, I'm embarrassed to say I through a lot out; I surely could have found some place to donate...)</p>

<p>In. Thanks for starting this!
Got my bags started and some are even going into the trash:
-old batteries going to Fire station for recycling
-old medicines going to Fire station for recycling
-random cords, chargers that I have no clue what they belong to, going to Best Buy for recyling
-some of Goskids' MP3, other electronics going to Staples to see if I can get a few $$
-styrofoam peanuts from Xmas gifts going to UPS store for recycling
-a whole box of Xmas decorations (that, when putting out in December, I just decided
they were not as beautiful or necessary as I thought) going to Goodwill.</p>

<p>not to mention basic trash from Christmas. And, does anyone else have shoe boxes full of old photo Christmas cards? Hate to part with the memories, but seriously, not even sure who some of them are!</p>

<p>Clean closets in 2014--yes!</p>

<p>Do yourself a favor and wait to visit Goodwill or your local thrift store for a few days! </p>

<p>I went yesterday and those poor employees were overwhelmed with donations. They were blocking every aisle in donation center.</p>

<p>I'm in! I desperately need to do this!</p>

<p>I started this last year. The first few months were easy. The next few months, not so much. I was getting house ready for some remodeling. </p>

<p>When I got the urge to purge, I went a little crazy and a few times purged too much. I also boxed up stuff I needed and am still looking for! </p>

<p>One thing that did work for the "maybe keep" bags - put those aside for a while. Maybe a month. Then go through them again and see what I wanted. It was easier to go through with fresh eyes and not rush to junk if I wasn't sure about keeping.</p>

<p>I do not do a bag a week anymore. Just when I can. </p>

<p>Also, I found great happiness in putting stuff on my curb for scavengers. I usually would out out Friday night and garage salers would come by and pick up. </p>

<p>Do the best you can. Lightening your load is a good feeling.</p>

<p>I started a bag today with all of the socks I'm never going to wear! It surprisingly filled up a good half. </p>

<p>Tomorrow I'll continue with shirts and sweaters.</p>

<p>ETA: Pairs of socks that are brand new. I've found that I routinely wear the same fifteen pairs or so and let all of these new ones people give me collect dust in my drawer.</p>

<p>Those socks are handy for cleaning and stripping paint and oiling wood cabinets.</p>

<p>I keep one bag of them in a cabinet fir those chores. Then toss them.</p>

<p>gosmom,
you said: -random cords, chargers that I have no clue what they belong to, going to Best Buy for recyling</p>

<p>We keep all random cords in a basket and, last year, I put the unidentified ones in a box and labelled it with the date. It's been a year and I now want to get rid of them, operating under the assumption that if we haven't needed them in a year, we're likely to never need them, but wasn't sure what to do with them. I can give BB a call but you just drop them off and they figure out how to dispose of them?</p>

<p>I am in, I did this when I stopped working donated suits and such to Dress for Success, have tried to keep up but can see the clutter returning, baskets of cards, piles of magazines. My D & I did take a laundry basket of test books and AP books to Half Price last week and got some cash. This will keep me motivated.</p>

<p>After reading the thread the other day, I realized my New Years resolution for 2013 (and 2102, 2011, 2010...) was to clean out the linen closet. It's amazing what accumulates in there. I looked at the calendar and discovered I had less than a week to go, and put on the stereo, super loud, 6 favorite CDs, on shuffle, just they way I used to clean the house years ago, boogie woogie style! Several hours and 6 bags later, I was heading to Goodwill donation center, and I feel great! Next up, the kitchen cabinets. Now THOSE really need some help!</p>

<p>collage1....our Best Buy has cord/charger/etc., recycling bins right as you enter the front door....</p>

<p>Countingdown, I take hand-me-downs from my sister all the time. She spends a bloody fortune on clothes and they always look brand new when I get them. Just ask your sister - if she's not interested she'll just say no thanks.</p>

<p>Hand-me-downs are the best. Goodwill is second-best.</p>

<p>OK, I'm in. The kids have been begging us to declutter and it's past time. Thanks for starting this!</p>

<p>For those purging, can I suggest that you also consider donating to organizations in addition to Goodwill? There are many places who would love to have your things for people who can't afford to even shop at Goodwill. For example, I volunteer as a CASA for kids in the foster care system. Many foster families are in real need of bedding (sheets, blankets). We also take clothings for kids infant through 20 (including maternity clothes), toys, books, backpacks, etc. Some kids go into foster care with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Coats and warm clothes maybe to homeless shelter. Nothing wrong with Goodwill, but sometimes your things can make a bigger impact given to charities where the items are given directly to those in need.</p>

<p>I'm in. I hate clutter. The bigger question is "will H be in?" He hates throwing stuff away. I think I'll just make things "disappear."</p>