What to Keep, What to Toss

What to keep, toss, or donate in order to clean the clutter out of your house.

Good HouseKeeping Magazine, September 2011

Business People

Save: The date

Note birthdays, anniversaries, or other important events in a date book or PDA, and while you’re at it, jot down a “send card” or “mail present” message to yourself a week before each event. Unless you have a huge roster of kith and kin, the process shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes. Friends and family will think you’ve got an elephant’s memory and will gush with gratitude. Of course you have to check the calendar every week or two, but it’s worth a little effort for that big reward.

Save: Classic clothing

Forget the fads and hold onto clothes that will stand the test of time: a great pencil skirt; a never-goes-out-of-style suit; sleek neutral slacks; a camel hair coat; a tailored white button-down shirt; great-fitting dark denim jeans and the like. Keep these classics in mind next time you’re tempted by fashion’s flavor of the moment. Go ahead — get wild with accessories, but there’s something to be said for bonding with the basics.

Save: Home improvement records

If you intend to sell your house at any point on down the line, you’ll be able to show potential buyers what you’ve invested in the property, and the records may also help lower your tax bill when you sell the house.

Save: Home improvement records

If you intend to sell your house at any point on down the line, you’ll be able to show potential buyers what you’ve invested in the property, and the records may also help lower your tax bill when you sell the house

Donate: To a good cause or save for a yard sale

Whether giving away the goods or saving them for a sale, package them now in clearly marked cardboard boxes that can be stashed in the attic, a dry garage, or your basement until yard sale season commences, or until you have time to visit your local charity drop-off center. Be sure to keep an inventory list of what you donate to share with your accountant at tax time. A write-off is very likely.

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