Firstly I may be becoming addicted to de-cluttering. You see what a week or two can do. I have impressed even myself which detaching myself from the emotional side of it.
Whilst sorting through the kids crafts draws I suddenly thought of the children’s centre. Their craft draw contains lots of lovely things they are now far too old for. From actual craft bits to those lovely wooden draw around stencils. I could have added it to the car boot pile, which is huge now but thought we could make better use of it.
So I rang our local children’s centre and asked them if they would like it and some books too. Strangely no-one had ever asked that question so she had to ask her manager and ring back. Gladly the answer was yes, so as well as the craft bits I have sorted some really good books which they will sell to the parents that use the centre for a very small charge, hopefully they will waiver that for parents who really have nothing to spare.
My two have always looked after their things so the books are in really good condition and although they could be added to the car boot I thought I rather they went where someone who would be grateful that get an extra few pounds!
My first house I bought when I was 20 when you could get away with a small deposit, was a student house and they left all the furniture. Luckily my Dad has a van and I knew the people who ran the women’s refuge, who were more than grateful to have it.
When we left our previous house I gave the vast majority of our babies clothes and equipment to a young Mum’s charity. What is left from the car boot sales we are doing two will go to the Hospice south West charity shop.
We already have a lot of clothes and cuddly toys to take straight to the charity shop.
My final giving was a knock at the door, and one of the local neighbourhood kids had spotted my husbands old bike in the skip. He asked if he could have it, which of course we said yes! We had put a tag along in there too, so my husband sporting his best super heroes P.J’s dug around the skip to find the tag along to give him. He said him and a mate did up bikes and sold them. My old bike is not coming with us either, so later on I will take it around to his house and give it to him. I like that sort of enterprising idea and yes I could get £20 for my bike easily but then him and his mate could do it up and get £50!
So de-cluttering can also be a really good thing for other people. It so easy to get wrapped up in your own life and too many things too, so giving things to worthwhile causes does feel good. Especially when it is a bit more than filling a charity bag that has been dropped through your door. Which I might add we have also done.
So if you going to follow suit and de-clutter, do check out places that are local to you that could really benefit from your clear out.
It all about balance I reckon. The kids get a bit of cash from selling stuff on Ebay and a car boot sale but it is also good to give a bit out too.
Right back to more de-cluttering……