1. I think this is a great idea Penny! I have had a massive pile of clothes that I need to re-home in my basement for more months than I care to admit. Reading this post reminded me of an organization that accepts donations in my community and gives them directly to people who access their services. I think I’ll have to make a trip there this weekend! (P.S. thanks for the Tiny Bites shoutout)!)

  2. This is great! We spent last spring just purging the house. It feels so good. We ended up finding homes for so much stuff just by reselling on the web. I’m excited to see how you do on the follow ups! Good luck!

  3. I have a goal of purging 1 item per day this year. Like you, I don’t want to donate clothes or items that are in bad shape. Yet I don’t want to throw tons of stuff away. I want to get creative about repurposing.

    Having a different mindset has helped a lot.
    For example, I found a board game with a few missing pieces. The old me would have dumped it. Instead I did a very thorough search and found the missing pieces, re-packaged it as nicely as possible and donated it.

    I am happy that putting a little effort to package items nicely and just being more creative allowed me to give away a few items that I would have normally dumped, including a ton of toy blocks, a silk blouse with holes, a compact mirror, and speech therapy picture cards.

    One person’s trash can definitely be another person’s treasure!

  4. I’m really looking forward to your updates on this and very interested to learn of places you find to give in your community. Decluttering is a challenge of its own but the work and emotional energy it takes to decide where to send our unwanted items is a whole other challenge! Good luck to you!!

  5. Mel

    I think this is a fabulous idea! It does sound like a lot of work finding the correct scheme to donate to or thinking ‘outside of the box’ in ways to re-gift it. Good luck and please do keep us updated! You will provide lots of great ideas and inspire lots of us (and those you gift to) to do the same!

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