My home - so full of stuff! I am slowly and deliberately getting rid of stuff. I am making progress - albeit slow progress. Main floor is coming along pretty good. When done there, then it will be the dreaded basement. There is so much storage down there - things that haven't been touched in years. WHY?????
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
De-Clutter and Help Others
Well I have decided to donate things instead of selling them. I thought about a yard sale - but not many are happening this year, and that is just way more work than I care to do. I have a wonderful place that is close to donate to and they are thankful. Last load I took in - they started going through the boxes before I left the shop (I was looking around) - and they just kept saying how nice it all was and how easily it would sell. They have 3 different locations in and out of town and they do good for the communities. The money they raise FEEDS people! That is a win in my book!
They also receive loads of different kinds of breads, bagels, donuts, etc. every week that they give to ANY ONE that needs it for FREE. No need to buy anything - just go in and get bread.
Most clothes and knick-knacks are .99 each. They do have a boutique area for extra nice clothing, coats and specialty household items that cost more - but still very affordable.
My thinking lately: How many small appliances do I need?
How many things do I want to clean?
How many things that I have never used nor will I use - do I need to keep?
I have a set of china that was Glen's paternal grandmas. We received it like 25 years ago and never used. I won't use it. I contacted his only aunt on that side of the family (she has several kids and grands) and asked her if she wanted. She was so excited - she didn't know where it had gone. Packed and ready for her. It needs to stay with his Dad's family.
I donated an electric orange/citrus squeezer. Haven't used it in years - I buy OJ in concentrate.
I donated a veggie steamer. I have a colander that fits over a pan. All I need for me.
I donated blender. I donated an electric chopper - I have a Ninja that does everything.
I donated an electric sandwich maker. I use a griddle to grill sandwiches.
I donated lots of odds and ends of glasses and cups. I kept the nice ones - and have plenty.
I donated odd and end dishes - only need one set.
I donated old mismatched and dinged up Tupperware. I have plenty of nice storage containers.
I donated a ton of storage lids that went to nothing I have anymore! (Really - why in the world?)
That's just the kitchen!!!!!!
I kept my George Foreman grill (thinking of getting rid of outdoor grill I don't use), I kept waffle iron and Quesedilla maker and of course my NINJA which mixes, blends, chops and does dough. (I use the Ninja every day).
I have my crockpots (2 big and a tiny).
Most items can be used for more than one purpose - it is time to get back to simplifying life.
GOOD GRIEF we are spoiled. SO many gadgets. I am taking a stand to go to a more simplified life.
It just amazes me as I go through closets, drawers and cabinets. I keep saying WHY did I keep that? WHY did I buy that? Why did I ever think I needed that?
I have decided to bless others with these things. Someone out there can't afford to get a new --------.
Maybe they can't afford a gift. Maybe their hands don't work good any more and they need something to make life easier. Maybe they are starting over.
Whatever it is - maybe my contributions will bless them.
The money the store makes will bless those who are hungry. The store gets reduced rent and only pays utilities - all workers are volunteers. They don't need much to operate and it all goes to food pantries for those in need. ANYONE in need at NO cost.
(I have seen them GIVE a coat and gloves to homeless many times)
Not only is this doing good for others - BUT I am getting older. Someday, someone will have to come in here and clean this place out! Been there and done that - oh my. It is no fun. The more there is, the more work you cause and the more someone wonders "what were they thinking"!
Have you thought about what a blessing your excess could be for others?
Things that may not be useful for you - could change another person's life.
MOVE FORWARD - SIMPLIFY - AND BLESS OTHERS