2008-05-24

Packing is so...ugh.

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?

2 comments:

Canadian Saver said...

Giving stuff that others can use is great... I am trying hard to declutter too, even if I'm not moving. It's unreal all the stuff a person accumulates over the years.

Lilith said...

It's true about accumulation. Since my husband and I started living together many years ago, we've moved to progressively large spaces to accommodate all the stuff we were were accumulating.

You know it's bad when you move unopened boxes from the last move...twice! The wonderful thing about decluttering is that once you start, it's easy to continue the habit for the simple reason that it's exceptionally liberating.

Probably a lot like paying off debt and improving your financial health, right?