It does feel good doesn't it? Here we have a Veteran's organization that picks up donated items and we had a huge pickup last week and another one this morning. There were 9 large boxes for them this morning and last week there were 6 or 7 boxes and a few garbage bags full of clothes and other stuff (the outdoor leaf size).
When they come they leave a really big bag for your next donation and we've already got today's bag half full. I figure we will schedule another pickup in a couple weeks.
This is what really helped me and motivated me to get started:
Originally Posted by laketahoemama
One of the most important things that I realized was that I had to get a lot of the crap out of the house before I was going to be able to start organizing and getting a cleaning routine going.
I read Clutter's Last Stand and after realizing how much having all this stuff really cost me and my family I got angry, and then I got to work. I looked at each item in my house that wasn't contributing to the acheivement of my goals as something that was holding me back from my happiness. Draining time and energy that I wanted to have for my son, my husband, my dogs, and everything else that mattered more than these beautiful, perfectly good pieces of clutter. I didn't bother trying to sell anything, I decided my time was worth more to me than this junk. I peeled back layer after layer of this crap until there was enough for me to manage and organize without killing myself to do it, and then I got rid of more.
I could never get started because I would think about how I really should put this stuff on ebay or something. But I didn't have the energy to do even that, so I kept putting it off and the problem kept getting larger and larger. Reading this post by laketahoemama....it was almost like I was being given permission to just give it all away. I didn't have to feel guilty about not having yard sales or putting it on ebay. I could just get it out of my apartment. I am so grateful for this!
I still have a long way to go, but I'm already much happier and feeling better than I have in a long time.