I achieved my goal for this year, collecting 2018 items in total. That's 2018 items gone from my house since January of this year. My goal is always 2000 things (hence the blog name) and I have been recently challenged by a friend to get to the same number as the year (2014 things for 2014). As a result, I not only achieved my goal, I slightly exceeded it. If you had asked me in September if I would be able to do this, I would have been hesitant to say yes. I was struggling with heaps of kids' clothing, papers, odd electronics, toys, boxes, and sports equipment. In late October, I gave an enormous volume of little boy and girl clothes to a friend's grandchildren. That got things going again. What put me over the top was a conversation at a party a few days ago, when I spoke to a woman I only see infrequently but have known for years. I had been wondering what to do with my son's outgrown clothes, aside from straight donating to charity. We often receive clothes from a slightly older cousin, but had no one to pass them along to afterwards. She reminded me her son, who is a few years younger, is shaped like mine: narrow with long legs. I was so thrilled to have a kid who could wear these clothes that by the next afternoon I had gathered close to 30 items for him which I delivered today. That's how I ended up well over my mark! What is even better is that now I have two or three kids to whom I can pass along clothes next year as well (and maybe beyond).
In 2014, I have cleared out:
- lots of kids' clothing (wee little stuff and big stuff)
- excess school supplies (the kids' school now buys supplies, but I had lots around so it went to the food bank)
- crayons, crayons, crayons (to the children's museum)
- true junk out of the garage
- metal items (recycled for cash)
- deceased or unused electronics (recycled or sold)
- cardboard boxes
- gift bags
- sports equipment (sold mostly)
- toys (older kid sold them online with my help)
- dried out markers/empty pens (they had been around a long long time here. Went to the stationery store for recycling - Staples does that here)
- baby equipment (tub, swing, carrier, diaper genie, etc. Sold or given away)
- I also tried to use up personal and household products that had been around for ages and that I will never buy again - so they count.