Sunday, November 17, 2013

Give it Away....Give it Away...Give it Away Now!!




It starts with Halloween. Suddenly, the shelf of organized toys is littered with little plastic fangs and cheap glow-in-the-dark spider rings. As the holidays approach and we start seeing family members,  half the Target Dollar Spot takes up residence in our house. Pretty soon there is a new litter of stickers, puzzle pieces, those awful fake crayons that don't actually color, 490 new legos and 62 hair clips floating at random all over the house. By Valentine's Day, I am certain that this was the way one of the people you see on that show "Hoarders" started their collection.

This week, we are going to make an attempt to stop this epidemic in its tracks. We are cleaning out, giving things away, collecting for a yard sale and simplifying our possessions. This is a complete family project in which everyone gets really real with what they really need, what they actually use and what they can let go of. I plan to have the usual conversation with my kids about living simply, circulating our belongings to those who have very little and how grateful we can be for all we have. I encourage you to clean out a closet or drawer and drop some bags off at your local Goodwill or homeless shelter. An addendum to this activity will come closer to the Holidays. Consider simplifying your holiday gift lists. It is wonderful to honor those we love with presents, but how can those presents be more intentional or experiential? We will ask relatives to gift our children with things like tickets to the museum, money for a class they are interested in, a night at a show or just a one-on-one special day out with them.

Have a wonderful week! Please feel free to share your thoughts, suggestions and activity feedback!

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