Now that the holidays are over and school is back, it is the perfect time to cull your luggage and backpacks.
This should hopefully be a relatively quick and easy week for you, so if you didn’t get through all of your bookshelves last week you can keep going with your books as well (and drop them off to the Lifeline book fair this weekend!).
So how do we decide what stays and what goes?
If they are damaged, unloved (or too loved) or just haven’t been used in years they should go. If they are collecting dust on a shelf, in the garage or the top of the wardrobe, dust them off and pass them forward.
What do I do with the keepers?
First and foremost, make sure they have a home. Everything must have a defined space to support order. It also means that you know exactly where to find them when you need them.
Store them high or low in your wardrobes as they aren’t items you need to access every day.
If you are going to store them in the garage, cover them with a water and dustproof cover such as a big, thick garbage bag and don’t forget to put a label or write on the outside so you know what is inside.
What do I do with the ones that no longer have a purpose for me?
If your bags or suitcases are in good condition, you could sell, swap or donate them.
- Sell or Swap:
o Swap with your friends or family
o Facebook Marketplace
o Garage Sale
o Second hand stores (especially if they are vintage cases)
- Donate options:
o Green Shed (Mitchell or Mugga Lane)
o Let’s Recycle Canberra (Hume)
You can also use old suitcases to store out-of-season clothes, linen or even memorabilia.
How did you go?
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