22 July 2011

purging my closet and giving back

It's that time again: Bakin' it to the Streets. But I am changing it up this time. 

We spent last week on the coast with my extended family for a little reunion. My mom came up with this great game where we had to answer a bunch of questions before the trip and then when we were all together, guess who said what. For one of my answers I said, "I really need to get rid of about half of my clothes, but I just can't make myself do it."
While people were trying to guess who said it, my husband laughed, looked at me and said, 
"I sure hope that's you."
Ha. Ha.

So guess what? I took the challenge. If it hadn't been worn in the last year, it went in the pile. If I loved it, but wanted it to fit just a little bit differently, it went in the pile. A lot of stuff went in the pile. Probably not half, but at least a third. And it feels good.
So, what to do with it? 

We could just take it to Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul, which is what we usually do, but then my mom reminded me of a place in her town where she used to volunteer. They take new and gently used clothing for school age kids (adult sizes for teens) who don't have enough money for school clothes. With the school year just around the corner, this seems like the perfect time to donate. 
And I don't know why, but it is more motivating to clean out my closet when I know it's going to a kid that really needs it. 

So no baking this go around. (Though I am taking dinner to my husband who has to work late, so kind of the same?) But this works, too. It's all about a spirit of giving - of sharing your time, talent or treasure to bless another.

If you're looking for a place in your area that does something similar, ask around or look online. There are some amazing organizations all around the country doing similar things.
If you live in Oregon or Washington, Sleep Country collects clothing for foster kids.
And who doesn't need to get rid of a few items in their closet?

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  1. So so so important to remember this message :) I'm guiltily thinking of all the stuff I've collected in my cupboard! Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Have a great weekend. Giving back is so good for the soul.

    Lisa xx

  3. A great way to purge your closet takes a while but makes sure you keep what you use and get rid of what you don't. Pick a day and turn every clothes hanger the wrong way. When you hang up something you've worn, put it in the right way. After a set period of time (a year, 6 months, whatever), anything that is still facing the wrong way - get rid of it!