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Cleaning house (err, room for me still) is very therapeutic. I like giving things away, especially if I think someone else could better use and/ or wear it. I didn't know anything about Boxing Day, though, so that was great. Thanks for sharing!


Don't rush the Christmas season out too soon. Boxing day in Canada is a holiday! Bring it :P


I never knew! But it sounds like a wonderful idea. My daughter certainly needs to get rid of some clothes, especially since she got more for Christmas. I love getting rid of old things actually, but she doesn't. Makes it tough!


We cleaned house today too! It is such a challenge to get my kids (ages 11 and 14) to give things up. They did really good. I was so proud that they are growing up and starting to understand the concept of giving away to others. Thank you for the info on boxing day.

Sharon O

I like giving things away but I don't like the process. Last year when I first quit my job I literally spent days... maybe 4 solid days going through my closet. Putting things and in piles. Storage (summer or christmas) give away, pack away, re consider.
In the end there were 8 large boxes that went to a womens shelter including some shoes and some pj's. Just hoped they were short and petite I am 5 foot and weigh around 140 (yes I need to lose at least 10 pounds). It felt good to help others, now I need to do it again.
Pray with me for the strength stamina and will power to do it with a clear purpose.

Mary @ a simple twist of faith

One thing that helps me is breaking down the task into bite-sized chunks. My goal maybe one shelf instead of the entire bookcase. That way I have a sesne of accomplishment, and do not get too overwhelmed.


I have a hard time giving up my kids' stuff although they don't mind throwing it away when I give it back to them (to my sadness!) I lost everything I owened more than once and it's difficult to give things up that have sentimental attachment. So, I am slowly going through things and sorting them into what I want to have around for the boys to share with their kids or when little ones come to my house and what needs to head out the door. One way to make that easier is to take pictures of the items. The memory is still there but the clutter isn't. We have managed to get rid of stuff that way without breaking my heart.
Good for you for teaching the girls the value of sharing.
Love, Gram

Mary @ A Simple Twist of Faith

What a great idea about taking a picture of things, I never thought about that!

Tracey - JustAnotherMommyBlog

I think the idea of using the boxes from the gifts to fill and donate is a great one! I donate throughout the year though. I love to purge and pass on big bags of clothing to people who need it, just as I have received it from others when I needed it.

Mary @ a simple twist of faith

I agree. I have been so fortunate with clothing for my two little girls. Most of their clothes have been beautiful hand-me-downs!

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