I have to say, for the last ten years, I have been working towards clearing my life of clutter. I will admit, I used to be quite a pack rat. When I was first married, we moved across country and had to have a moving service help us. The gentleman came to estimate our weight by looking around my small two room flat. He assured us that he was always right on track, within a few hundred pounds. Well, when the semi arrived in San Diego, it was over 2,000 pounds off. Yep. I was a professional.
However, with divorce and other life changes, I have embraced the idea of simple living and have really strived to lighten the load. It’s been a long, long journey! But a good one. I know I am very close. However, there are certainly a few pockets of stuff left that for some reason or another I have avoided.
Somewhere online I read about a challenge in July to de-clutter… your independence from clutter! And of course, I can’t find it now. I’ve found several close sites, so I know it’s not my original idea, but I can’t seem to find the one that challenged everyone to a set number of donations… so I have done so here. I think 4 items a day, in honor of the 4th of July, will be a good goal. All said and done, if you take the challenge, you will be lighter by at least 120 items!
Now, here’s the hard part. It can’t be trash. Like oh, 4 empty pop cans. That’s cheating. Haha… well, it’s not the point. The point is to let go of the things that just don’t bring you joy. The things that are just redundant. Stuff that you never really liked but someone might. We want to collect and give away… hopefully to enrich someone else’s life.
You can donate to the Goodwill, or some charity store, a thrift or even a community free store. That is where we will be taking our goodies. A town over from us has a free store and it’s wonderful. You can drop off your lightly loved things and the sweet ladies from local churches go through and separate it to put on their Thursday morning tables. I have seen many blessed people going in and getting just that right thing that they need for themselves and their families. It is rich and poor, young and old, everyone is welcome. We’ve gone many times and found perfect matches for things we need. And we’ve donated a lot of things are well. I think it’s wonderful and that is where our 120 items are going!
I will be posting a picture each day of our 4 items on our Facebook page. It’s a little easier than here on the blog. However, I will recap the week here and talk about challenges and ideas that worked for us. Won’t you join in? It’s going to be fun!
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