Every year as we get closer to Christmas, I start a major purge of our unwanted or unused clothing, shoes, toys, and other random things. With company coming and gifts arriving soon, we need to make some room! It’s amazing how much unused things we can have sitting around the house! Getting rid of things we aren’t using is a great way to get the kids preparing for Christmas.
I clean out my kids closets and drawers at least twice a year during the changing of the seasons. Anything outgrown or that I’m tired of seeing automatically gets put in the donate box. Then I evaluate what we have left and slim down the selection from there. We find it helpful to always have a donate box handy throughout the year. Typically it’s sitting in the garage. The kids know if something doesn’t fit and it can’t be handed down to a sibling to put it in the box. You can always move all the clothes to one end of the closet and as it gets worn, move it to the other end. Anything that doesn’t get worn can be donated. Today is purge day at our house. My husband has taken the kids out of the house for a bit so I can tackle the toys without hearing complaints. The purging goes much more smoothly if they don’t see everything that is going away. Sometimes we will send the kids with Grandma so we can tackle the clutter together. It’s nearly impossible to do a thorough clean and purge with 5 kids underfoot! We hit the toy areas hard and box them up before the kids realize what is missing. 99 percent of the time they never ask about the toys because it’s things that they haven’t played with in a while anyway.
Did you know that you can take your unwanted toys, clothes, and household items to your local Goodwill of North Georgia store and get a tax receipt? At our local Goodwill here in north Georgia, all we do is pull up and the employees will help us get everything right out of the car and grab our receipt. I like knowing that someone else can use the things that we no longer need. The benefit of taking your unwanted items to Goodwill is also knowing that they help put people to work. Goodwill is celebrating their 90th birthday by helping thousands of men and women who face barriers that make it difficult for them to find work and earn a paycheck to support their families. Sometimes it’s lack of training or education, limited job skills, or a disability. Through the support of donors and shoppers like you, we overcome those barriers. Goodwill gives people the tools they need to find a job, which allows them to support themselves and their families. Check out all the Donation Locations and find one near you!
Are you getting ready for a winter purge? Leave a comment and share about your experiences.