Hard to believe, (well maybe it isn’t) but I was around for the very first Day in 1970. I actually made mention of it here. Your mission today is to save the planet. You see the term “go green” everywhere. Helping the environment helps us all since we all inhabit planet Earth.
Earth Day 2009, April 22, will mark the beginning of The Green Generation CampaignTM which will also be the focus of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. With negotiations for a new global agreement coming up in December, Earth Day 2009 must be a day of action and civic participation, to defend The Green GenerationTM’s core principles: Family with windmills: http://www.earthday.net/earthday2009 for future generations.
Plenty of events are going on. I started the ball rolling with my post about family swap meets, but if you need another idea about how to help, consider give to charity.
You’ll all be’s like me some day, and there will come a day when some of your favorite clothes won’t fit. It’s just a fact of life. Instead of turning your closet into a war zone by keeping all those clothes, give them to someone who could use them.
Since I’ve downsized by Bonanzle booth and closed my store, I’ve been making plenty of trips to Goodwill lately. The economy also is driving more folks to do their shopping at such and church thrift shops rather than the Local Upscale Mall.
Here’s some tips to keep in mind while you’re decluttering:
- Clothes – Local charities always need clothes in good condition. They sell them to people who need them or provide them to shelters. By donating your clothes, you are helping to clothe a fellow being. Before you send anything, make sure it is freshly laundered and completely intact.
- Reading Material – What about your books? Donate and others to your local library or church. Give another person the gift of reading a good book instead of throwing them away or storing them in boxes. You get to clean out your garage and free up space.
- Furniture, Computers & More – You can donate virtually anything. There are groups that will accept furniture (in good condition), computers and some equipment. They, in turn, fix up these items and give or sell them to others for a much lower price that they can afford. Instead of adding to the garbage pile in the landfills, make better use of items in your home that you no longer need or want. They can find a good home with a new owner.
Try doing this as a family project. I’ve found it’s easy to become a packrat when you have a home, especially after 30 years. You (or in my case, the Hubster) could be the type of person who never throws anything away. That’s good in many ways but your family is probably tired of navigating their way around piles of books, papers and clothes.
Take a day and gather together everything that you don’t want or need into one area such as the garage. You’ll need to go through it all and find out what’s useless and what can be saved. Be ruthless! If it’s broken or truthfully useless, you can get JUST.GET.RID.OF.IT! Make sure if it can be recycled that you do so.
Keep in mind that what you perceive as junk or past its time, might be easily put to good use by someone else. Bag it up for delivery or collection by various agencies. You can find the names of local charities and branch offices for national charities in the Smart Pages. Contact them to learn about their specific policies and procedures for donating. Then, help save the environment by giving to charity! You also might be able to take a tax deduction for your contributions!
Giving to charity teaches many valuable lessons to each and every member of the family. You’ll feel good and be able to sleep at night knowing that you gave back to your community and helped another less fortunate person.
Photo Credit – Seagull: Geff Rossi