I have a series coming up where I am going to share the Five Secrets of Organized People. If you haven’t already subscribed to receive my blog posts in your email, subscribe now on the sidebar. Also, you do not want to miss my follow-up to last year’s Garage Organization post coming soon, because I’ve done some more organizing in my garage.
Today I want to show you my Donation Station. Purging (and donating) is a very important part of your organizing! More to come later on all the reasons purging is so important, today I just want to show you how easy it is to donate and get a ton in tax write-offs next year. You can consider it getting paid to de-clutter without the hassle of selling. Oh, and it feels pretty good to donate to the good cause of your choice! Don’t tell anyone, but the best part for me is not having the clutter stick around my house.
I have a plastic bin in my garage. Normally I organize with clear bins, but not here! You don’t want to remind yourself or your family of what you’re donating! No take-backs! I keep this bin next to our garbage cans, maybe symbolically … all things leaving my house!
On top of the bin, I have a clipboard with a donation tracker sheet and a convenient pencil.
- When I find things in the house that need to go, I take it to the bin and right then, I write down what item I’m putting inside.
- When the bin is full, I take the bin and the sheet to the nearest non-profit re-sale shop that will give a tax receipt.
- I staple the receipt to the paper and immediately file in my tax file folder.
I’ve been doing this for years, but I used to use a blank sheet of paper (as shown). This year while we were doing our taxes, I realized that this info organized in this handy printable would make it soooo much easier next year during taxes.
Do you want this easy-peasy Donation Tracker to download and print as often as you need?! Be sure to pin this post so that you will have this printout handy whenever you need to print a new one.
Download the FREE Printable here: DONATION TRACKER
Also, if you missed my post about organizing your home office files, you should read that now. I talk about an easy way to keep your tax documents all in one place throughout the year. How awesome is that?! Actually, it is pretty awesome and you will want to kiss yourself next tax season when you already have all of your important documents in one place.
Setting up a donation station in your home or garage will make purging as you go about your normal routine, an importance maintenance step for all of us, a breeze. You don’t need to wait to do a big overhaul on any space to start to make wise choices about what clutter you can cut from your life!
Happy donating and tax writing-off!
From my home to yours,