It’s that inspiring time of year to clear out the old to make room for the new! … Or to simply make space and enjoy less!
We’ve been cleaning out our closets once again, and have come up with three bags to donate, so far. I get a lot of satisfaction out of giving to those I personally know, however, if I don’t have someone in mind for our discards, my favorite charity is The Salvation Army. I love their mission statement:
“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian
Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission
is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”
My kids are growing up…the youngest will be 15 this summer! Unreal. As children mature, they not only outgrow clothing, but also board games, toys, etc. Last year, we donated a number of board games to a group of teachers, who meet for a monthly “fun night”. They really appreciated them, and we were glad to make more space in the closet.
My daughter has been purging her closet and discovering a number of items she no longer wears and a lot of socks she didn’t know she still had! This means she has recently returned all the pairs she’s borrowed from me! Thank you, dear! Mom now has socks. 🙂
We recently had to clear everything out of our coat closet for a little project my husband was working on. That meant all the coats landed on the couch, the bin of hats & gloves were removed from the shelf, and everything (finally) got picked up off the closet floor! (Isn’t it interesting how such miscellaneous things find their home on closet floors?!) This was a purging opportunity waiting to happen, friends. While we didn’t have any coats to part with (as we’ve previously given some to friends), we came up with five extra pairs of gloves and three scarves to donate. No worries, we still have plenty of winter garb!
From time to time, sorting through kitchen cabinets, linen closets or craft rooms can also turn up possible items for donation. Maybe you have some books that are no longer of interest? Perhaps some clothing hanging in your closet is collecting dust? Maybe you still have your teenage daughter’s Easy Bake Oven, Little Tykes Kitchen Set, dolls, and every toy she ever played with? (I’m thinking of someone I know right now…) Haha! Memories are great, especially if space allows; but sometimes it becomes too much to hold onto.
Most of us have quite a surplus, so why not get rid of a few things this month? Consider it your Valentine’s Day gift to a charity. 🙂 They’ll thank you for it, and the tax benefit is an added bonus.
As previously mentioned, I receive great joy from giving! Another tangible consequence of purging is it helps to simplify our lives and clear our minds. Let’s face it, life is complicated enough. Why not pare down some to make your life easier to manage? It sure sounds like a plan to me! 🙂 What say you? What have you organized lately?
“Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” ~ Luke 6:38 MSG