So many of us find it very hard to get rid of anything. Sometimes it is because we spent so much on the item. Sometimes the problem is that we worry we may find a use for the item one day, but honestly, if it hasn’t been used in six months it probably never will be. Exceptions to this rule are seasonal items like skis and snow shoes. However, even with these, be realistic. If you haven’t used them in two or three years, how is this year going to be any different?
The last container for the declutter process we started last week is a big garbage bag for things that just need to go into the bin. Be ruthless. Get rid of junk, old sports mugs, worn out t-shirts and ancient magazines (the latter can be put in the recycling bin!).
Over the festive season, many people hang out in the kitchen, often because that is where the drinks and snacks are, or ostensibly to help the host and hostess. Run a critical eye over your kitchen counters to see what can be tidied away. I am particularly guilty of cluttering every flat space with paperwork, mail, receipts etc. Stash these in a drawer before your guests start arriving. Also, put dishwashing liquid and sponges under the sink and maybe store away some of those appliances that are adding clutter to the counters. A clear expanse of space may give you renewed enjoyment for all that money you spent on expensive counters that are buried under “stuff” for so much of the year.
Most of us living in Penticton have far more things than we need, and many of these we will never use. Why not find some of these and donate them on to a good cause. I know many women who have multiple items in their closets that they never wear, either because they do not fit, or generally just make the wearer feel uncomfortable. What is amazing too, is how many of these still have the price tags on!
The Care Closet in Penticton is owned jointly by the SOS Medical Foundation, The Penticton & District Hospice Society and the Penticton Hospital Auxilliary, Situated at 547 Main Street for over 25 years, the Care Closet volunteers take good, gently used clothes, pictures and household goods. Dropping off is easy as there is access via the rear lane and you can get help carrying in your donations. I find it very satisfying knowing the proceeds all go to local charities in our own town. Please do not donate things that are dirty, battered, or generally just anything grotty!
The annual Cover with Kindness blanket drive organized by Greg Litwin’s office ended December 8th and they also accept toques, sleeping bags, gloves, scarves and socks. If you missed this years drive, you can also contact the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) which has stated that the need for warm clothing is up again this year. Wouldn’t it be good to know that your last season’s gently used coat is keeping someone else warm this winter, instead of languishing in an overstuffed closet