Originally Posted by Jyotsna
Anyone have advice for organizing it? Like bins for different things, goodwill, garbage..or whatever?
We've moved a lot -- here is my method.
I take a trash bag and a box (if you don't have a box use a different kind of trash bag) and start going through a shelf or closet or whatever. I put all the trash in the bag, all the donations in the box. As soon as the bag or box is full, I take it to the big trash can outside OR the back of the car (my family will take stuff back out if they have the chance so I have to get things out of the house as quickly as possible). Then I get another bag or box and keep going. I don't try to organize what is left because that just gets me side tracked.
I work for 1 hour at a time (I set the timer), and then take a break and get something to drink, sit down, think about what I want to work on for the next hour. My time is much more productive if I take breaks.
Since you want to put your house on the market in 2 weeks you have a lot to do. I find it easier to do this stuff without the kids -- so I would send DH out with the kids for a few hours OR send them out to play if the weather is OK OR just let them watch a video.
The next time I leave my house I take the donations and drop them off. Get a receipt -- it is a tax deduction.
Getting rid of the stuff that your family no longer needs will make it easier to show your home, keep your home picked up, and make it easier to move.
I've posted my list of decluttering questions before, but I can't remember which thread -- would you like me to type them up again?