In my last post, I talked about asking your kids to donate old toys. Now I'm asking you to donate your belongings. With the holidays comes a lot of new belongings. Which means clutter! Yep, clutter. I know we love presents but we all only need so much. I know we are lucky to have these sort of problems. They are often called "First World problems." And they are just that for many Americans, but not all. Not everyone is lucky enough to have too much.
When we donate, we are helping others in a variety of ways depending on the organization you donate to. There are many options to choose from. For example, we recently donated our dining room table and chairs to Habitat for Humanity. They will sell it and use the profit to help with the homes they build. They even picked it up at our house! You can go online and search for organizations that accept donations and pick one that supports causes you believe in.
I suggest donating two to three items for every one item you are anticipating to receive this holiday season. It would be nice to start the new year with less clutter, more organization. I know it is easy for me to write this and harder to do but challenge yourself! We often hold onto things we never use. If you didn't use something in 2017, you most likely do not need to hold on to it. Plus, the end of the year can be a great time to donate depending on your tax situation (think tax deductions).
Stefanie F. Pisarkiewicz, LPC
Experience and information from a counselor and mother- sharing her two cents on children and teens.