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Sunday, April 6, 2014

40 Bags in 40 Days: Donation Drives You Didn't Know About

I had hoped to update closer to the midway mark, but missed that by about a week. Regardless, there are two weeks left between now and Easter and there has been A LOT of cleaning and decluttering around here! If the dates don't seem like they line up, remember - Lent doesn't include Sundays in its 40 day count. Also, I started a day late, so I'll end on Easter instead of the actual end of Lent the day before. That being said, 27 days down, 13 days to go!

It has actually been very refreshing to get rid of so much stuff. I would start a room with a paper grocery bag....then quickly realize I needed a laundry basket.....then a trash bag! Some spaces obviously had more to give than others, but I don't even miss the things we've gotten rid of.

Where has our stuff gone? Several different places. I did a bit of research online and found that there are a huge number of item specific donation drives out there for things that people really need. Did you know that you could donate old cell phones to victims of domestic abuse? Or eye glasses to be reused? I didn't! Those things would have been pitched. Here is a list of all the places we found to donate items...

These are all national links, but there may be homegrown organizations in your area. Do a little Googling to find out! It may sound like a lot of leg work to get things out to these different organizations, but do what you can. Goodwill and Salvation Army are always options as well, but if an item can be put to a specific use rather than sit on a shelf, I'd rather that.

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