On Giving

It's the time of year when there's suddenly an influx of just about everything into your home and office. Cookies, candy, trinkets, decorations, clothes, toys, the list goes on. For many of us, it's added on top of the piles of stuff that we already don't know what to do with or don't have a place to store.

The best way I can suggest to tackle this space issue is to give. Give away and gift all that you no longer want or use. I'll go back to the essential three questions I always ask:
- Do you need it?
- Do you use it?
- Do you love it?/Does it enhance your life?

If an item hasn't passed all three of these questions, it's time to let it go.

During the holidays, we are also reminded of those who have less than we do. It's the perfect time to give what we no longer want to those who are in need. Here are some great resources to get you started on your way to a more organized home and knowing your items are now being used by someone who loves them!

- La Casa Norte: Serving youth and families confronting homelessness

- Cornerstone Community Outreach: Finding shelter and homes for those at the most risk of being excluded from necessary services

- The Epilepsy Foundation: Offering counsel, advocacy and education for those with epilepsy and their families

- Howard Brown: Eliminating the disparities in health services for the LGBTQ community

- Open Books: Providing literacy experiences for thousands of readers

To find a resource near you, you can also visit Donation Town.

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