God knew NOW was the time; in the middle of the Christmas season, when we're all scurrying to and fro, buying more and more.
I'm barely started with this decluttering, minimalizing, simplifying, but already, with LITTLE effort: my embroidery supplies became a Christmas gift for a ten year old girl. Extra yarn went to a friend who loves to crochet scarves; books were popped into Christmas boxes for my parents; magazines taken to the Care Center for workers and those coming in for help. Kitchen gadgets, extra sheets that don't fit our mattress, and clothes I haven't worn for years given away; CD's were loaded onto our computer and phone then the originals given away to others who will enjoy them.
This past week a woman came into our Care Center for food. When I asked if she wanted to look at clothing she asked, "do you have any socks?" The clothing area workers told us there weren't any, then one of them asked her, "what kind of socks?" and she said, "Any. I only have one pair." The worker went to her car and brought in a sack. She pulled out a few pairs of brand new socks, set aside because they didn't fit her feet well. Watching that woman's eyes as she took the socks was gratifying and heart-breaking all at once. I came home, went through my sock bin and grabbed A DOZEN pairs that I simply do not wear. Shameful that they were sitting there, a blessing withheld by being in my home instead of someone else's. I suspect my home is full of that sort of thing.
I remember hearing my mother and MIL say, "use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without", a slogan from the 1930's depression era. Lots of wisdom to dwell on - Dave Ramsey, old sayings and Francine Jay. If you're not done with your Christmas shopping, maybe there's something sitting around your home that could be repurposed, or handed down or over, to bless someone else and clear your own house out a bit. A framed photo, a copy of an old letter, childhood toys and treasures, a scarf or jewelry - the possibilities are endless in my home. Maybe yours too?