Best advice for the New Year (#InspireMe2014)

Today’s Inspire Me 2014 Writing Prompt is: Best advice for the New Year.
I’m not really one who sets resolutions but this year, I’m trying to focus on decluttering our surroundings. We are nowhere near hoarders or anything like that. I’m just wanting to have only things we use in our home and things that make us happy. For example, I went through our linen closet, got rid of stuff and organized it…and now it makes me sssooooo happy to even be near the closet, let alone actually use it (with that, I’ve made the decision to blog about it another day…). Whatever doesn’t fit this description is being given away through some Facebook groups I belong to (one that I co-Admin), that are similar to Freecycle. Basically, I take a picture of the items, post them on these groups, and whomever wants them can come pick them up. I have a box on my front porch where I put the items (may I repeat yet again how much I LOVE my neighbourhood…very safe!) and they can pick them up. It keeps the items out of the landfill, I don’t have to store them to try to remember to take for donation (although I do that too!), and they get to bless someone else’s home.

To give you some examples, these are some of the items I’ve posted in the last week, and they were all picked up within a day from people who could use them/wanted them:

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Yes, that’s everything from magazines I’ve read to an office chair! It’s actually quite addicting to get rid of these items, knowing other people are looking for them. I’m happy to share the names of the groups so just send me an email ( or send me a message on Facebook with your city. I’ll take a look if they have ones local to you.

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