Whew! All the hard work of sorting items into our four boxes, the deliberating of whether or not that old vase should go in the “storage” box or the “donate/sell” box, and the stubbed toes brought about by piles of dust-bunny covered boxes and garbage bags filled with old toys has finally been dealt with.

If you’re me, this week is when the fun part happens.

Week Two: 

This week, we get to save our toes by getting rid of some of those containers that have been sitting around the living room. It’s time to grab that “donate/sell” box, go through everything (again), and decide the fate of all of these previously loved treasures.

What are some of the best ways to do this? Well, consider doing this:

  • Donating: There are dozens of organizations out there that will gladly accept gently used toys, clothes, furniture, bedding … you name it! Try asking around to find a donation centre close to where you live, and help out a good cause.
  • Giving away: Very few people, except for children complaining about hand-me-downs, will turn down something free. If a neighbour’s child is moving out on his or his own for the first time, or if the kid down the road could use a “new” bike, why not put a smile on their faces?
  • Selling: Summer is fast approaching and, along with it, garage sales! Why not spend a day clearing your closets while filling your pockets with some extra cash?

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