Friday, July 23, 2010

Blessed to Be the Giver

In my effort to simplify and de-clutter our house, I started on the "hard" part of the basement this week. Hard for a couple of reasons. Lots of boxes to carry up the stairs...AND...lots of things to give away. Baby clothes, maternity clothes, nursing supplies. Hauled it all upstairs, listed it on freecycle.com and out the door it went!

Even though I felt a little twinge when I gave those items away, it felt good. I liked being able to pass things on to those in need. When I had my first two babies, I relied on the kindness of others to clothe and surround them with needed items.

I'm on a sort of quest to simplify my life. I have lots and lots shoes I haven't worn in years, I have 10 pairs of pants that I only wear 4 of, I have a cabinet full of "stuff" in the hallway that I'm not sure even what's in there! I have cooking items that are duplicates, more coats and jackets than one person should have and jewelry that I never wear.

I'm going to get rid of it. All of it! I don't wear by 3 bottoms and 5 tops all week. I only wear 2 pairs of shoes (my Birks and my Asics) and I tend to use the same cook wear each day. So why hold on to all of it??

I don't know! I promise to take my "downsizing" slowly, though. If you know me at all - you know that I do everything fast and furious. I promise I will start by only giving away what we are not using. Then I will start on my clothes...then everything else!

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