October 17th 2012
archived under: Give 500, Home & Garden

#Give500 Challenge at Joyful Abode

Join in the challenge to #Give500 things away!

I'm still sorting through things to find stuff to give away. Today I went through two closets and some of my craft things and added LOTS more to my pile.

It feels awesome to know that these things will soon be liberated from their uselessness and passed on to people who will give them new life.

At first I felt like I was cheating when I found something I forgot I had, haven't used in forever, and want to keep. But that's part of the point of this! Clearing out the things I'm not using will make the other stuff more “obvious” and maybe I'll actually use it more. If I don't end up doing that, I can pass those things on later.

Other things, even though I know they're there and theoretically I want to use them, I just don't. Like my shaved ice maker. I LOVE snow cones but I never haul it out to use. Maybe I'll give it a couple of weeks and try to make an effort to use it.

Some things would make good gifts for certain people but unfortunately those people are far away and I don't really want to hold on to them longer with intentions of packing them up and mailing them later. Better to give locally and sooner, I think.

I'm still planning to do a free yard sale this Saturday. I hope people come and find things they'll use!

How's your #Give500 project going? Have you given away anything that surprised you? When people receive your items, how does it make you feel? Have you only given things to friends, or also to strangers?


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