My issues with decluttering are myriad and diverse. Not only am I reluctant to part with anything I have ever owned, since it can always be put to some use, but now I can’t throw it out because I don’t want to contribute to our enormous landfill/garbage problem. I feel the burden of making sure my gently used clothing, furniture, accessories, and electronics are given to someone/place that can use them.
That is a lot of work.
It is far easier to be a stress-free decluttered person if you are willing to throw things out, regardless of where they end up.
I realize that people whose houses (and refrigerators) are clutter-free are good, swift decision makers. But often they are liberated by a willingness to just toss stuff – unpopular clothing, leftovers – into the trash.
Not me. I have to reuse it or recycle it. (I am a big maker of bone soup.)
But finding through networking (a chat on my lawn with a friendly neighbor walking her dog) that not only is there an organization that takes/wants/needs shoes, but also Zappos partners with them to let you ship the shoes to them for free – that was the impetus I needed to get me into the closet and looking for excess.
By donating your shoes, you can
give someone a life-changing opportunity.
© Jane F. Collen February 14, 2020
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