I am in full de-clutter mode at home right now. We are in the middle of a bedroom renovation (for ourselves!) to allow everyone to have their own rooms. The kids are growing faster than I can keep track of, I have clothing from pre-pregnancy that will never be worn again and my husband and In-Laws are clearing out additional spaces to make room for our needs as a growing family.
I hate the idea of throwing anything out. I could definitely be a hoarder if left on my own, but I have reached a point where I can (usually) draw a line for myself about what can be kept and for how long. Then it needs to go. Donation is perfect because everyone benefits from it. I can get stuff out of our house that is perfectly good, just not necessary for us anymore, and someone else can use it. The downside to donating is getting it to the donation center. I don’t know about everyone else, but two little ones in car seats and boxes of stuff that needs to be carried into the center ends up being a time consuming fiasco.
We recently found out that the Vietnam Veterans of America do free pick up! I have gotten flyers about various organizations doing scheduled pick ups, but I never get ready in time. With the Veterans, you can schedule your own pick up. They come rain or shine and leave an invoice. You don’t even need to be home. Leave your donations on the front porch and you are done! I also love that they take virtually anything- books, toys, clothing, electronics, household items, etc….
If you are interested in donating to those in need, visit http://www.pickupplease.org or call 800-775-VETS.
By Jennifer Worthington Lower