Making a Resolution 2012
Driving today, I tried to finalize my Christmas list. What to buy for people and what I wanted. What I could afford to buy and the fantasy if giving people more than they could ever wish for. And I decided that it’s way too easy to pick up some generic items and doll them out as needed. I want to give people things that wont go into a box in the garage. Or that they wont have to decide which item to get rid of in order to keep. Plus, I have more things than I know what to do with, as does my family. So I’d like to make 2012 a year of giving and getting less stuff.
So I will be writing about my re-gifting, donating, and hunt for more perishable items throughout the year. I find it is especially relevant to the holiday season though so I’ll start there.
First some ground rules:
1. I will never stop buying books, but…when I finish a book I will pass along the ones that I did not fall in love with. Books that I kinda-sorta liked have no place on my bookshelves. This will be the most painful thing for me to give away.
2. I will start by sorting though my clothes. anything unused for over a year MUST GO. Also, I will not, must not, buy items just because of the price. I will buy items I need.
3. While goodwill is the simplest option for donations I would like to be more specific in my giving. For example, any dresses that I have will go to Cinderella’s trunk, for girls without the money to buy retail prom, wedding, or occasion dresses. Habitat for Humanity has a re-store which is a great resource for all socioeconomic level families looking to furnish a home. There are many such specialized organizations like this and I will do my research to discover which is most appropriate.
Come back soon for Holiday giving advise that wont clutter those you love.