I'm having a hard time staying motivated to pack because well packing is about as unfun as it gets. I should be really motivated considering I'm down seven days before we pick up the truck and five days before my in-laws get here to help. I really want to have most of it done before then. We're going to need some time to clean, too.
The good news is I'm paring down as I pack. We made a trip to Goodwill yesterday with a box and shopping bag full of stuff, as well as a big plastic toy organizer my daughter had but really didn't use. I should be keeping track of my donations so that I can deduct them on my taxes, but for lack of time and motivation I haven't been. I am glad to know, however, that I'm supporting a very worthy cause.
A great aspect of the Goodwill organization is not only do they provide affordable used stuff for frugal shoppers, they provide education, training, and career assistance to disadvantaged people. By doing this, they are making a valuable contribution to the future of our communities. Productivity is the heart and soul of our economy and giving people the tools to be productive helps not only them, but everyone.
I haven't historically been a charitable person, so this act of donating the stuff I no longer need serves two purposes: it simplifies my life while contributing to my community. I feel good about that.
How do you contribute to your community?