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Our Journey to Simplicity: Part 20 – Give It Away

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Most of the time, we go about life and don’t even notice how much we have. And then when we do realize how blessed we are, it can be an overwhelming feeling.

I grew up being taught not to waste. So getting things out of the house for no other reason besides that you have TOO MUCH? Oh, boo hoo, poor me, having too much. It’s a hard concept to wrap your mind around!

The chance to let your true colors shine comes when you recognize all you have and decide what to do with it.

If you’re having a hard time, I encourage you to give your stuff away to people in need. I learned that if I had a hard time letting go of something, knowing it would be given to someone who needs it was the extra nudge I needed to put it in the donate box.

What I did last weekend: Paying it forward.

325 items in clothing alone!!! If you can imagine this pile, it’s as tall as I am. All of those bags and boxes are full.

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Dave took both girls and delivered those 4 full garbage bags, and a couple of boxes to Goodwill one afternoon.

I got to run errands with Adelynn while we dropped off the rest of those things. That was so fun because I rarely get time alone with her. We had to stop and get a root beer – at her request. She is such a sweet little conversationalist! She’s so mature for being 5.

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This was a great chance to explain to her what we were giving away and why. While she can’t fully grasp the concept of not having our needs met, she can learn empathy for those in that situation, and not only that, but she can learn to be proactive about outreach.

A box and a bag of used books for the Library, some things for Salvation Army, and several boxes for a school in town that is income based. We have been SO fortunate to be given so many kids items. We simply cannot keep it all for ourselves. My girls would literally not wear things more than once per season – or at all – if I did! We had 99 kids shirts in those boxes! Seeing the director’s face and knowing we were paying forward a lot of what had been given to us were the perfect reward for something we should all do.

This school is income based in the fact that you can’t make over a certain amount to attend there. We go to a play group in that building for another organization. I have seen the tables packed full of clothing and have seem them disappear so quickly. When I initially called the director about donating items, her criteria was very simple: “YES”. She said she would love to have items out by open house time because that’s when parents start to stress about school clothes. This isn’t a stress I’ve ever faced, and being able to help ease someone else’s stress is a wonderful feeling. I can only imagine what it means to them.

The opportunity to get things out and to share with those in need is a win/win!

This video is a great reminder of all we have to be thankful for.

So let your colors show as you are decluttering your lives. You won’t regret it.

 

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  1. Pingback: Our Journey to Simplicity: Part 23 – Oh the piles! | LAUGHTER & LATTES

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