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The cleaning binge continues

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Good morning Loves.  Well with less than 10 days until we move my cleaning binge is in full swing.  I mean I am throwing things out left, right and center and contrary to how I thought it would be it actually feels great.  It’s like a burden has been lifted and I’m just freeing myself from all the clutter of stuff that was suffocating me.

BF and I live in a relatively small apartment so as I riffle through every closet and every cupboard I can’t believe how much stuff we actually have.  Six years ago when we moved from our old apartment to this apartment (which we are leaving in a few days) we each agreed to get rid of as much stuff as possible.  We donated and threw out bags and bags of unwanted and unused items.  However over the last six years we have also accumulated quite a lot of stuff and until now I don’t know where we’ve been putting it all.

I thought that getting rid of our personal belongings was going to make me feel defeated, but it’s actually very liberating.  I like the idea of a fresh start in a new apartment with only the essentials, I just hope it stays that way.  So how do I get rid of everything I’ve worked for without letting it get me down?  By donating it to people in need.

What we donated

There is an organization four blocks from our house that collects items for families with kids in need.  We discovered it a few years ago when we wanted to get rid of some household items and clothes.  It was the closest to our apartment but after researching the company I learned they actually stand for a really great cause.

I always hear horror stories about those donation boxes in parking lots, such as they don’t actually donate the items they sell them and that a lot of items get thrown out before it goes to people in need.  This is why we wanted to find a good organization that would put our personal items to good use.  After all just because we don’t need it anymore doesn’t mean that someone else doesn’t.

We donated clothing items such as shoes, shirts and even a winter jacket.  BF donated three pairs shorts as well as two baseball hats and at least two dozen shirts.  I didn’t have any pants to donate this time because I find they don’t keep as well as sweaters and shirts.  I like to donate items that are still in good condition.

What we threw out

I always try to donate items before I throw them out but sometimes they are a lost cause.  Items that we threw out are things such as old towels that have been worn thin, food that was expired and intimates.

I had a bunch of costume jewellery that I was just going to get rid of because I felt it was dated, but BF convinced me that it was still in good enough condition to donate – so that’s what I did.  It may not be in perfect condition but at the end of the day I think of it like this, it’s better to have something that’s a little bit worn than have nothing at all.

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TK is a Certified Financial Planner with over 15 years of experience in the banking industry. She started blogging in 2009 after the market crash. TK enjoys helping people plan their retirement, pay off debt, invest wisely, live on a budget and enjoy happy financial lives. You can see what she's up to on Twitter @TahnyaKristina.

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