Where does the clutter go? (Part 1)
It's almost time to start the 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge! We've thought through a lot of things already:
- Why are we even decluttering during Lent?
- How do we tackle the clutter in the first place?
- How do we contain all of the collected clutter as it awaits its impending doom?
Now it's time to consider where the clutter is going to go. I've already shared that I will be donating, selling, and trashing my respective clutter. But let's look a little deeper at the possible options for each of those categories.
This one seems like a no brainer. Fill a bag. Take it to the nearest Goodwill bin. End of story.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for donating to Goodwill. I do it often. But I also like to donate to a few other places that I know do really good things with their donations and profits.
- St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store. All of their workers are volunteers, so the money they get from the items they sell goes directly back into the community.
- Mishawaka Food Pantry. I choose to donate here not because it is necessarily superior to any other local food pantries, but because I spent a semester serving here with a group of ladies from church.
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Again, this is a store that gives back to the community in so many ways.
Obviously, you may not live in the exact same area as me so you may not be able to donate to these exact same places. But do a little research and make your donation have the biggest impact possible.
Where do you like to donate your secondhand items?