After reading Pam's journal, I am again motivated and inspired to purge my house of unnecessary "stuff". First order of business is children's clothes. I have so many clothes in the house that it's impossible (for me) to keep up with the laundry duties, so clothes tend to accumulate on the dining room table in laundry baskets. Most of the kids clothes are not wearable b/c they're too small. So this weekend, I will be taking time to go through those clothes and at least clear off my table.
I have contacted Family Resources, which has a battered women's shelter, to see if they'd be interested in the clothes. Honestly, I don't expect them to want that many clothes. The sheer number of clothing items is overwhelming at best. If they don't want them (or only ask for some of them), I'll give the rest of the Salvation Army or maybe the Red Cross. I'm hesitant to give them to Goodwill b/c I have a real problem with someone else making money off of my generosity. At least Family Resources and the Red Cross would give the clothes away to someone who needs it rather than selling them.
But the idea of purging stuff from my house is calming and cleansing. I can't wait. And as the furloughs come up (got an email from the union that the letter should be coming out soon and that at a minimum we're looking at 7 days - and that it will not drop to zero), I'll work on purging toys that my kids have but haven't played with in ages. And books. It's time to simplify and minimize!! Owning too much stuff is overwhelming.