So when I got the De-clutter bug this spring after I read my son-in-law’s e-book “A Minimalist Life” byLeo Babauta. It is a great book to motivate you into decluttering your own life. I didn’t feel the need to get rid of everything, but did feel inspired to De-clutter ! So…I put out the word for suggestions on places where I could donate all my “stuff” after I De-cluttered, and I got back some great places I thought I would share with you.
I had a bag of old batteries, all different sizes, that I have been adding to for years hanging in my garage, gone. My next dilemma was all those bags of soaps, shampoos, and lotions brought home from the hotels I stayed at. I was sure I was going to use them or put them out for my guests when they stayed over. NOT! Now I could donate them to my local Woman’s shelter, Faith Mission, or Salvation Army and feel good about it. My son had an old laptop computer he didn’t need any more, we found a place that takes computers for kids who might not have any other way of getting one. Then there were all those stacks of paperback books, and between my son and I, we had a lot!
Sending your treasured items to a good place, makes it so much easier to part with them. So when we found out we could donate to soldiers, we gave and gave. We could also give our old cell phones to a soldiers’ cause.
Ok, what’s next…Oh yes, my pile of reading and regular glasses in the bedroom drawer – out! And, to a great place I might add. My 8, yes 8, boxes of clothes donated to a wonderful place. I am a crafty person so I should say no more, bags and boxes of craft items donated, including, but not limited to, a bag full of real wine corks that I so diligently had saved for some mystery future use. And then there were the boxes of old greeting cards, new and used, out to someone that can recycle and make use of them.
For things I wanted to keep, I reorganized, got containers and labeled everything. Even all those games and puzzles that have pieces and parts that always go missing, and boxes that are barely holding together, into plastic containers.
Finally, for everything else, I decided to call a big truck and have them hall it all away! WaLa, a De-cluttered house, where I can actually see what I have in my closet to wear, a clutter free craft room (well almost) so I can create fun DIY projects for you and a clutter free home where I can put my feet up on an ottoman that is free of piles of magazines. M-m-m feels so good!