Martha Mondays: Donation Bag

mondaysThis week’s Martha Mondays assignment was a donation bag. I loved this idea.  I try to take a bag to Goodwill once a month or so but I generally toss items into a closet and let them pile up and then stuff them into a bag when I’m ready to take them.  Martha’s suggestion was to designate a bag you keep things in. This actually is a really donation baggood idea. Not only does it keep it all together, but it makes it easy to grab and go when you get a chance to drop it off. Seeing the bag hanging there also reminds you to look for items to put in it and to regularly take the bag to be donated. Inspired by this, I’ve also designated an area in my pantry to pile up food pantry items. In the past I’ve tried to make mental notes of what I should donate from my pantry but I almost always forget. Now I’ve got an area set aside for those items so I won’t forget. I’ve also designated a shelf in a cupboard in my office for book donations to my local library. It’s amazing how a very simple project like this can make you feel so very efficient!

I haven’t heard back yet from the Martha Mondays member who is scheduled to choose for this week, but when I do, I’ll post her pick.

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11 Responses to Martha Mondays: Donation Bag

  1. Kerri says:

    This is a great idea. I take read magazines to the local nursing home and always forget them. Having a bag handy will surely help me remember!

  2. Teresa Bjork says:

    Thanks for another great project! I posted my results on my blog:

  3. Nancy S says:

    I already do this, but I tend use old plastic grocery bags. I like the idea of hanging up a stronger, reusable bag instead.

  4. We have a box going right now, as part of our continuing basement purge.

  5. marthaandme says:

    The only problem is when we go to Goodwill, it’s a trailer (as in tractor trailer) that’s in a parking lot. There’s an old guy up in the trailer and you hand him your bag. If I go with a bag I want to keep, I’m not sure how I’m going to get it to him. Ask hi to empty the bag and return it? I don’t know, but I guess I’ll figure it out in the next couple of weeks when I go,

  6. Sheryl Kraft says:

    I do this with my clothing – it’s amazing how it’s so easy to forget, but when there is a special bag designated for cast-offs, you remember.
    And Brette, why not keep a carton in/near your car and when you get to Goodwill, empty the bag into the carton so you don’t have to worry about leaving the bag?

  7. marthaandme says:

    Yes. that’s a good idea.

  8. Sassy says:

    Sorry it has taken me so long to post about this but here it is I had the same thought about the reusable bag. It is just easier to use a plastic or paper one but not as attractive. But Sheryl had a great idea. Of course, it requires being even more organized than I usually am 🙂

  9. Sassy says:

    By the way, when I try to click through to the Homemade Iowa Life on the blogroll it doesn’t seem to work. All the other sites do but not that one.

  10. Elle says:

    This is a great idea – one I’ve been using for a while now 🙂

  11. Susan says:

    I love this idea because it’s so simple. Some of the donation drop boxes in my city are hard to get to, but several of the dry cleaners in my area accept donations, which is much easier.

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