Cleaning Out the Garage
November 23, 2009
Our garage hasn’t been this clean and organized since we moved into our house! Since we’re debating selling our house my wife is on a de-cluttering mission so we spent the whole weekend cleaning out our garage.
Organization Saves Money
One thing I was reminded of as we worked is how you can save money by staying organized. Over the years we’ve bought duplicates of the same item since we didn’t know that we already had one. Of course, it can also save you time since you don’t have to waste effort searching through your garage for something you need.
I made several trips to the Salvation Army with car loads of items to donate. I kept a list of all the items that we donated, a description, the number of items, and their value. I also got out my Flip video camera and filmed them to help me remember come tax time what we donated.
Buying What You Need
Getting rid of all those things was a good reminder to only buy what we need. Why spend our hard earned money on something we might be getting rid of in a few years? Cleaning out the garage and hauling away loads of stuff made me want to never buy anything again : )
Keeping What You Have
Of course one question that’s an ongoing struggle is how long do you keep things that you think you might need in the future. I’m in the “keep everything” and my wife is in the “get rid of everything” camp so we clashed all weekend about what to keep and what to get rid of. What’s your take, how do you decide whether or how long to keep something that you “might” need at some point in the future?
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