Curtains of clothing and stacks of shoes hide the inevitable: Random things that are lurking in your closets (or other areas that are becoming havens for dust and junk).
This week, let's talk about useful ways we can get rid of those random things. It's not enough to trash things, or even donate them to some resale shop; it's time for us to really be mindful of where it is we're donating unused items.
My mother-in-law is famous for giving us random holiday decorations found in craft sales or auctions. But after 14 years of marriage, we've accumulated a lot. As each season progresses - or, if you're motivated, take care of a year's worth of items on a rainy day - truly decide whether or not this holiday decoration is something that adds to your life. If you love to go all out for Halloween, great. If it feels like extra stuff, rethink its home.
Consider taking those items to transitional programs for domestic violence survivors, many of them who are mothers and would love to bring a sense of holiday normalcy to their family's home. When you're re-settling your lives, the frills are the last things to be bought. So spread some love around!
How long are you going to hang onto that child's swing, infant tub or stroller? Infants go through so many supplies, particularly through that first year of life, that it's far better to swap, donate or trade what you have. Programs that help crisis pregnancies or families in financial crises welcome these kinds of items.
Admit it. You have a zillion stuffed animals. Suggest your child share some with a child in need, whether through Toys for Tots, low-income day cares or other avenues.
As my husband's a college student, we're frustrated that many textbooks are revised each year, rendering them supposedly useless. I was thrilled to find that our local library accepts books that are less than five years old. No more tossing texts we can't resell!
So what other items would you love to find a home for but struggle to?