OK, I know what you are thinking, "A Purging Party? Will that really help me get my place in order? I am so embarrassed with my home that I don't want to share the mess with someone else."
First, everyone has some form of a mess in their home. It could be in their closet, garage, shed, or living room. Everyone has their collection they keep and no one should judge you for your space and how you keep it. If your friends and family truly care for you, they will help without judgment. So, put away the embarrassing thoughts. It can be done and will really get you started on your way to organizing your home.
Step by step instructions to host an organizing purge party
Determine the disaster area in your home you want to purge and organize. These areas could be Garage, Home Office, Kitchen, Large Walk-in Bedroom Closet, and Playroom.
Decide what needs organizing. Here are some examples:
Clear out your home office of old papers from the filing cabinet.
Clear out and organize your garage into workstations.
Clear out the kids' playroom and give the toys to a non-profit organization.
Whatever area you want to purge and organize, make sure you are specific in the details.
Enlist everyone in your household to help with overseeing the purging process. Draw on their strengths. If your husband is great at doing the bills and knows what to keep and get rid of, have him oversee the old paper purging. Since your kids know what they love and play with in their playroom, have them oversee what goes and stays.
Decide what you want to give the visitors to eat and drink. After all, it is a party. People are there to socialize and help out. So, you should offer them something for their help. My mother used to make pasta for friends that came over to help paint. It's easy, cheap, and quick to make. People love homemade food.
Decide on a date, time, and estimated duration of the party. Depending on how many people you decide to invite, it may take 4-6 hours for the process to complete if the room needs a complete overhaul. If the room is really cluttered, you may want to do less time.
Determine how you will conduct the purge process. Will you first check the paper or item, then hand it off to the next person for actions like shredding, recycling, etc...? Will you tell people to purge an area without you seeing it? Decide this before people come over so not to waste time. Do you want to play a game to see who can finish purging first?
Determine where you will be donating the items that are not being used. Make a point to decide on a place to donate the items. Check their hours and add it to your schedule to bring the unwanted stuff over to the charity.
This purge party will not only get your place in order, it will get it in order faster than if you do it yourself - way faster. Plus, you can add new items to the area from your friends and family. Note: the purpose is to get rid of stuff you don't want and make room for stuff you do want. So, don't keep too many items from your family and friends.
I would love to hear your comments and thoughts on the idea of a 'Purge Party'. Did it work for you? Did you clear your space quickly? What would you suggest to do for the party that is not on the step-by-step instructions? Please leave a message below.
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