Traveling Light

It’s Spring!  It’s that glorious time of year when we open the windows to let the fresh air in, and go through the house, from stem to stern, reducing our clutter and shaking off last year’s dust.  We don’t have a lot of room in this house, so we go through closets and drawers with a critical eye to determine what goes and what stays.  In previous posts, I discussed what to do with clothing, household items, eyeglasses and books.  If you have general household items to give away, log onto Freecycle (www.freecycle.org).  This site allows you to list, for free, items you would like to give away, and it provides a list of free items available in your area.  Dress For Success (www.dressforsuccess.org) and Career Gear (www.careergear.org) will accept gently used professional clothing for women and men and make it available to low-income men and women seeking employment.  Prom dresses and bridesmaid’s gowns do not have to languish in the back of your closet for years.  (Let’s face it, you will probably not wear any of these more than once.)  There are several organizations that will welcome these donations in order to give a high school girl a chance to go to the prom.  Here are just some of the ones I came up with:  Donation Town, Becca’s Closet, Fairy Godmother, Inc, Operation Prom, Project Glam and Cinderella’s Closet.  You could also try the Salvation Army or Goodwill or even start your own dress drive!

While researching material for this blog entry, I stumbled across a great donation site for gently worn shoes; Soles4Souls (www.soles4souls.org).  Formed in 2006, Soles4Souls has collected and distributed 26 million pair of shoes to those in 127 countries around the world and in all 50 states.  These shoes enable kids to go to school and adults to go to work.  This organization also helps keep shoes out of the landfills.  I checked on their site and found a drop-off just 8 miles from my home, Fleet Feet Sports in Mechanicsburg, PA.  I dropped a few pairs of shoes off and the people were extremely nice and appreciative.

And of course, Goodwill and Salvation Army are great places to donate what you no longer need.  I’m trying to streamline my life; it’s an ongoing process, but like the saying goes, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a simple step.”

Take care.

“Isn’t it better to have men being ungrateful than to miss a chance to do good?”

Denis Diderot

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