Today is the final day of our Spring edition of the Mini De-Clutter Challenge: 60 things in 6 days. It is so awesome to read and see the pictures of people participating in our Facebook Group. I feel so inspired!!
I’ve been slowly working on gutting and organizing my guest/craft room over the last few months. The process has been so cathartic. I’ve really enjoyed myself. This challenge was exactly what I needed, however, to push myself over the edge to get rid of the last of the clutter!!
Thursday I made a large drop-off at my Mothers of Multiples Club consignment sale. We are a non-profit club and the proceeds from our sale go to support families with multiples in our community, and we make donations to local groups who serve children and families. Participating in this sale is something I do twice a year and I love the time with my fellow club members/friends, but I also love getting rid of so much stuff!!!
I also have an even bigger pile of stuff that I am taking to donate today. It makes it so much easier to get rid of nice things when I imagine someone feeling like they “scored” shopping at the thrift shop. Yes, sometimes I actually stop and visualize the young mom feeling blessed to find such a cute baby outfit while she shops at the thrift shop. Visualizing the people benefited by my donations really helps inspire me.
Have you noticed how much harder it can be to get rid of the nice things, the things that still have a lot of life left in them? If you really think about it, it is so backward to hold onto nice things we don’t use!!! As they sit in our homes, they get older and more obsolete, possibly broken or ruined while we wait to dream up a use for them. We hold on to them and it sucks all the life out of them.
Turn your thoughts around: donate nice things and let them be used!! If you had a friend or neighbor that needed something from you, my guess is you’d probably give them the shirt off your back. I think most of us would. We have friends and neighbors that we don’t know, who need our stuff, but they don’t know us to be able to ask. Your donations bless them. Give them your nice things by donating them to local thrift shops and non-profits in your area!!!
What’s in it for you?
Good feelings: It is an adrenalin rush to bless someone else. It FEELS good!
Money: Instant cash if you sell your used items. Cash on your next tax return or owe less money with income deductions from donations. (Read about Donation Station HERE.)
Space: You don’t need to feel claustrophobic in your own home. Get rid of stuff you don’t need and get some space!
Freedom: Now you can do whatever you want with the empty space in your home and with the extra cash. You have an empty canvas to create the life you want.
Here is my big donation pile from this week!! It needs to come off the treadmill (because I need to get on that treadmill). Goodbye, unused items!
What did you get rid of this week? Show and tell me!