Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sanity Saver: Get Rid of Junk

Go ahead do it!  Go find 5 things in your house right now that you don't need/haven't used in over a year and put them in a box.  Go ahead.  I'll wait.

All done?  Good.  I've got hoarding issues...I often fear I will turn into those people you see on TV with piles and piles of stuff.  I simply can't throw anything away if I feel it still has use.  In my mind, it has to be donated or recycled.  So, twice a week or so, I take a quick walk around my house, and try to grab a few things that we don't need or use.  It could be something as small as a fast food toy, or a book, or some shoes.  What still has use goes in a box I keep in our coat closet.  Then, when the box is filled it goes to a place that accepts donations of goods.  It works for me, because the stuff I don't need will still find a home. 

Some ideas for donations:  Goodwill, The Salvation Army, Homeless Shelter, your local Freecycle email group, daycare centers, or church yard sales.

Why is this good to do?  I'm not sure where I heard it, but its stuck.  Each time I have to pick up that McDonalds toy, or move around those shoes we don't use is time wasted that I could've used for something better, like spending time with my family.  I actually have an alarm in my phone to remind me to do this...try it, and save some sanity!

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