Decluttering means saying good-bye to old friends. I’ll miss Melvin, Pookie and Pink Poodle, but every once you have to let go of something that you love to make room for more peace in your life. Ok, that was me trying to be deep. The truth is, Melvin’s sunglasses were falling off, Pookie doesn’t exist and Pink Poodle may be unimaginative, but I’m also the girl that gave her stuffed animals classic names like Teddy, Pink Bunny and Blue Bunny when I was growing up. Nothing wrong with being literal. The stuffed animals didn’t seem to mind. Pink Poodle was given to me by one of my dearest friends to remind me of the time that I gave myself a really bad bang trim. She also bought me a giggling, burping beanie baby that sounds vaguely like me.
It was more than time for me to give away my soft toys to a loving home. It was also time to get rid of dishes that weren’t being used, glasses that were collecting dust and knick knacks that were more nicked than knacked. Where did the 5 cases and one garbage bag of home clutter go? Value Village. I have to say – dropping my old dishes and toys off was an amazing experience – they treat you like royalty. Just stop at the donation drop off entrance and out come a couple of big strong men to take a load off your hands. All I did was point and I got to have everything carried away. All of the proceeds from Value Village go to charity and they help keep your worn items out of landfills. They even take orphan socks – who knew? Check out https://www.valuevillage.com/donate/what-we-take to see what you can donate. Best experience at a charity ever.
In addition to the 2 sets of dishes, dozen glasses, 16 stuffed animals, etc. that left my abode, I also noticed that my building was doing a hazardous waste drop off. I scurried down with 5 cans of old paint. Remember, as freeing as it is to declutter, you also should be environmentally responsible dear readers. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get this little project finished. Next on the list is sorting papers and even I can’t make that task fun and interesting. I may have to combine it with something a little more entertaining…maybe Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest health advice? Stay tuned to find out more.