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10 April 2014

40 days of giving back, day thirty-two: clear out.

This one sort of goes along with what I decided to do for Tuesday's challenge. The task is to clean out and purge - closets, drawers, shelves, desks - and give away everything you're not using or wearing.

If you know me, you know that I am a pack rat. I hoard everything, from clothes to pictures to books to Sharpies and other office supplies to random little keepsakes that I've collected over the years. And as a result, my room often looks cluttered and as though it is bursting at the seams.

A few times a year I try to go through and purge whatever I can. Clothes and shoes I'm not wearing, books I probably won't read again, Sharpies that no longer work, keepsakes whose origins I can no longer remember. As you can imagine, it takes me a few days to sort through everything, and then I'm usually too scared for a few weeks to touch or move anything so that it stays clean just for a bit. I donate whatever I can to Goodwill, the library, and veterans associations and then begin collecting treasures for the next go-round.

As I mentioned on Tuesday, I have a giant bag in my room that I'm using to collect things as I find them to give away. So far it's mostly clothes that either no longer fit or I no longer wear, but it will soon include a few other goodies as well. And once the bag gets full, I'll start filling another one.

It's a slightly different approach than I usually take, since I'm doing it a bit at a time rather than devoting 2 or 3 straight days to it, so we'll see how it goes.

Wish me luck, and maybe start your own purge in solidarity.

Previous Tasks:
Day One - Start a Journal
Day Two - Create a Generosity Jar
Day Three - Tool Up
Day Four - Connect
Day Five - An Attitude of Gratitude
Day Six - Reach
Day Seven - Redial
Day Eight - o.t.t.
Day Nine - Listen, carefully
Day Ten - Talent Show
Day Eleven - one green thing
Day Twelve - #nofilter
Day Thirteen - Go Local
Day Fourteen - Shhhhh
Day Fifteen - Stand Up, Stand Out
Day Sixteen - bake it, make it, take it
Day Seventeen - Ps and Qs
Day Eighteen - #charitytuesday
Day Nineteen - don't hold back the wonderful
Day Twenty - Always Talk to Strangers
Day Twenty-One - Pray
Day Twenty-Two - Unplug
Day Twenty-Three - Milk, No Sugar
Day Twenty-Four - grinning = winning
Day Twenty-Five - Treasure Hunt
Day Twenty-Six - domino
Day Twenty-Seven - blooming marvellous
Day Twenty-Eight - Go Guerrilla
Day Twenty-Nine - Well-Versed
Day Thirty - Meet a Need
Day Thirty-One - be crafty

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