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Weeding Out

April 5th, 2009 at 08:45 am

I just realized that I've done some recent clearing out. It must be the spring weather that just brings it out in me!!

As I was waiting for the youngest daughter's bus to arrive on Thursday, I opened the coat closet and pulled out scarves and hats that didn't get worn this last season as well as mittens with holes in them. I also found a pair of waterproof pants that haven't been worn in years. I put everything else back in...but neater than I found it.

On Friday, I read in the newspaper that a counseling office was collecting old prescripions, medicines and so forth. These items were to be incinerated so that people would avoid sending them down the drain or toilet. This saves the fish and other wildlife. As soon, as I read about it I was in my cabinet, pulling things out. I dropped those off yesterday. They made it so easy...I didn't have to get out of my car!!

As I got dressed the other morning, I saw my swimsuit...which is unfortunately too small and has a weird stain. I pulled it along with a pair of workout pants. As I sat to tie my shoes, I also pulled open a drawer in my nightstand and found three more things to get rid of.

It was all unplanned and took only a few moments of my time to make a little pile. Each of those piles, except the meds, ended up in the garage sale pile forming in the basement.

Today, as it tries to snow, I will be pulling some of those items from the garage sale pile and listing them on ebay. I will start the sales next week sometime.

I encourage all of you to open a drawer, bag, or closet and find something or a couple somethings you no longer need. Set aside an area to collect those items. Maybe it's the trunk of your car, if you don't have space in your home. Then start driving to a local thrift store each week to drop off. If you want to save the driving, call to make a pick up appointment with a charity. The date will motivate you to have at least a bag or two ready on the scheduled date.

Good luck! And I'd love to hear how it goes, too.

3 Responses to “Weeding Out”

  1. boomeyers Says:

    Great minds think alike! I have been tearing through the house for the last month! Drawers, closets, bookshelves, you name it, I am simplifying!! It feels so good!

    I have listed some things on ebay this weekend! So far so good! People are buying!

    Now I just have to find a weekend to have the garage sale! Yesterday would have been good, but I just couldn't get it together fast enough!

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Nice and easy decluttering - sounds like a good way to do it!

  3. monkeymama Says:

    The cool thing is they leave bags on our doorstep every month or so (if not more often) to pick up donated items. Various charities - we must have generous neighbors. Last year I cleared out a lot of crap. (Stuff not worth selling and stuff I tried to sell but couldn't). But of course, there is always more... I've got a pile of stuff by the front door to sell. I always put it out where it annoys me. Sometimes it works - staring at it every day does not make me want to procrastinate. This time it's been a couple of months - but I will get to it. Wink I did get a bag and I was tempted to set it out though! Which isn't the worst thing.

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