To encourage your donation, charities often send notepads, pens, gift wrap, address labels, and other tokens along with their request for funds. If you won’t be using these gifts in the next few weeks, consider recycling what you can and tossing or donating the rest. Then, request that your name be removed from the charity’s mailing list. You can still donate if you wish; the mail solicitations aren’t necessary.
If you’ve ever needed to wear a name badge at work or at a conference, chances are, you received a lanyard to hold the badge. If you have one for work, any older ones can be tossed. Conference lanyards don’t really serve another purpose. You don’t need to hold onto these. If you collect them, is that collection truly important to you?
If this task doesn’t apply to you: Use your 15-minutes of decluttering to get rid of five emails (from your inbox or archived in a folder)
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.