So here are some quick ideas to make disposing of unwanted items easier:
- Have waste baskets in every room. More than one if necessary. It may seem like a no-brainer, but I have witnessed people putting junk back on their desk because there was no waste basket handy.
- Put donation bags in your closets. Every time you come across something you don't want, toss it in the bag. When it's full, take it to the Goodwill. Repeat.
- Be generous with recycling containers. Put them wherever you need them; under your desk, in the kitchen, by the mail sorting center.
- Make use of Freecycle.org and the free section of Craigslist.com. It's amazing what people will take off your hands for free.
Other ideas are having a clothing swap with your friends or starting a white elephant table for your club or organization meetings. Get creative! The easier it is to get things out of your life, the more you'll do it.
Bonus hint: free stuff is still stuff! Don't take stuff just because you didn't have to pay for it. It can become clutter even faster than store-bought stuff.