40 Days of Donations

    

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3/8/10   

1/2 Way There! Today I have hit the half way point on my journey through 40 days of donations. I have been attempting to clean house by donating all usable items I have that we do not use or need. This is an attempt to not only clear out my clutter but to begin to focus on what we need and a chance to help others with all the additional things we have accumulated. As of today I would estimate I have given away through freecycle 50 groups of things including fabric, a serger and multiple collections of kids craft items. We have donated three boxes of books an a bag of VHS tapes to the library as well as 4 boxes of books to the school book drive. I large stack of magazines went to the hospital. Not only have I felt good about clearing out space so e can live more comfortably in our house it has been great to use these items to help other.   

While I am not finished with my project we are seeing many happy returns already. I have established a library area for the kids in the backroom and we have cleared clutter and excess furniture for both Marc and Mary’s bedrooms.   

I am feeling good about my progress and looking forward to seeing hoe much more we can get rid on in the next 20 days.   

This has nothing to do with crafting or cooking and is not something I really enjoy but I am taking the next 40 days to de-clutter my house and life. I have finally come to realize that I (and my family) have accumulated way, way to much stuff. I have enough craft supplies to keep a school busy for a year. Along with this I have a garage full of fabric and toys no longer used and we even have games that have never been played.   

So effective last night I have begun to clear things out. I will freecycle and donate everything that is usable and I will trash what is not. My goal is to remove 40 bags(or boxes of stuff during the next 40 days.   

I began with a boom yesterday I gave 4 bags away on freecycle and donating 2 bags of shoes to Marc and Mary’s Good News Club, these shoes are headed to Haiti,  and this morning I will be donating a stack of magazines to the hospital and I have already filled a bag with trash. I hope that I am able to keep this up.   

I am feeling drained by all of this clutter and trying to maintain it is depressing aside from that what message am I giving to Marc and Mary? Is it that stuff has value?   

2/19

Update day 5 and I have donated  14 bags of stuff, 4 stacks of books and filled a 30 gallon trash can. So far so good, but I am finding that separating items into like groups is time consuming however doing this allows me to freecycle items before taking them to the AmVet thrift store. I have decided that it is worth my time so that individuals and groups can get items that are useful to them thru freecycle. Te trash can was filled if paper trash from the garage and  from plastic storage containers taht are missing either the top or bottom.   

I will spend this morning going through things I have brought in from the garage, my home is to have the backroom organized enough by the end of the weekend that I can set up a sewing and crafting station.   

Wish me luck as I continue this project, which seems overwhelming.

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7 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Pops said,

    You just put me on a serious guilt trip, good work.

    • 2

      This is designed to relieve my guilt of not being able to put anything away and everything looking clutterd. I love freecycle because I feel that things are going to people who will use them. I also find things there. I guess the real challenge is going to be making sure I am sending out far more than I bring in.

  2. 3

    Kasey said,

    Not quite up to 40 days an all.. but that is what we started recently as well.. hope we keep it up.. and good luck

  3. 4

    Nikki said,

    How awesome!! I know how the declutter bug is. Like Kasey said, we are starting it at our house too. I’m doing something I read in an online list I’m on called the 27 fling boogie. The idea is to get rid of 27 things at a time. We have a box in our bedroom that is filling up. Now I just have to decide where to get rid of it to. 🙂

    *whispers* don’t tell Kasey . . . hehe. . . but if you find any fabric to get rid of, I’m always up for more good craft stuff. I’m not ready to declutter that part of my world yet. 🙂

  4. 5

    Karen said,

    That is an awesome project to take on. Randy and I did this a couple years ago and rented a dumpster. I sure felt good when it was done! We had more space to use and I felt like we really accomplished something. Good luck with it.

  5. 6

    Nikki said,

    What fun pictures! Isn’t it amazing what we can all get rid of when we stop wanting to hold onto it? Kasey and Randy made a comment on the bookshelf wondering what it looked like before the decluttering. 🙂

    • 7

      craftsbykimberlie said,

      The bookshelf was completely filled with books and general clutter. When the kids woulde take something from the office supply shelf several additional things would fall out.
      I gave away 10 cookbooks, 8 educational book, 4 novels and 18 magazines from this shelf. The books found new homes through freecycle, the novels went to the library and the magazines to my local hospital. Mary likes that we now have room to display photos on the top shelf.


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