Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Decluttering & the Weather

The change of the seasons has spurred some decluttering activity from me.  I don't know what it is about the change in weather that makes me want to review our possessions, but when the mood strikes me, I seize it.

This past week I've been putting clothing and children's books in boxes to sell and to give away.  Tonight I went to a local children's re-used clothing store and sold what I could.  I walked away with a $33 dollar check, a pair of gently used shoes ($2.50) for our son's preschool locker, and a brand-new looking long sleeve shirt for our son ($3.50).  

I also walked away with a box of clothing that they wouldn't buy.  "Overstocked" on winter coats, the clerk said.  And some clothes were deemed "too worn".  I looked the items over before I left, curious to see what they considered worn out.  None of the items were out-of-style (many were from last season), and some were hand-me-downs never worn by our kids. No stains, no missing buttons, hems in tact, etc.  Their definition of "too worn" is a bit mysterious to me.  They were definitely donation worthy.

Luckily, the charity donation truck is stopping by our house tomorrow.  Out with the old, and in with the reused.  If I didn't have to sleep, I would head up to the attic tonight to see what else I could declutter & donate!

Anyone else in a decluttering mood?

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