How was everyone's weekend? We took a trip to support a dear friend in New York this weekend and enjoy the city. It was already nice to come home to a less cluttered house and more closet space to help along unpacking!
Last week I shared where I was when it came to stuff, and some thoughts on my game plan. I spent the rest of my week off between jobs going through closets and packing up boxes and bags. When do we ever have that kind of time to really go through everything we own? And who else is crazy enough to want to do something like that when they have four days off from their real life? After some field research, connections and trial and error, I think I have boiled my process down and am happy to report on what a fun and rejuvenating experience this was!
Home Items - Dwell with Dignity
Dwell with Dignity is a truly one-of-a-kind charity that nurtures creativity, self-empowerment and change through DIY design for transitional housing apartments. Understanding how dark poverty and homelessness can be, DwD brings together interior designers and the wannabe ones like me to design spaces for families rising out of distressing situations. By getting to personally know the families living in transitional housing and designing a space just for them, they are creating an inspiring environment and quality of life that families then want to strive to maintain.
The DwD team does these projects on a dime, which means DIY junkies get to learn new tricks or hone their skills at work nights. And while all the items in a space are purposeful and beautiful, many are refurbished and recycled, so DwD is always looking for quality in-kind donations. I had a few pieces I thought were awesome finds from over the years, but I was just holding on to them for those reasons and not because I actually needed it. Donating my items to Dwell with Dignity made me excited that my finds would reach their full design potential while helping someone in need.
To make this donation, I emailed pictures of my items to email@example.com and we made a time to meet at their warehouse. I loved seeing how some of my donations, a set of blue and white linens, could already work in a blue and white room they were planning for a mom! I highly recommend following DwD on Instagram or their blog for design inspiration and getting in touch with them. If you have items that you know you do not need but cannot emotionally deal with them sitting in the back of a thrift shop, this is the place for you. (I too, have Toy Story 3 moments with my belongings. Your secret is safe with me).
|My mom, a wonderful person and amateur blog photographer, took this to show my excitement for my donation already going to use on a project!|
- I could remember what I paid for it and couldn't make myself realize I had essentially wasted that money.
- I could wear it to work (something we all know trumps many things when you're digging around the closet at 8:00 a.m.)
- For the above reasons, I rationalized that I probably needed it more than I didn't want it.
There are a lot of options for gently used drop off in Dallas, but I decided on Genesis for a few good reasons. First of all, if you have not already seen a trend from above, women's self-sufficiency and empowerment is so important to me. Genesis provides a multitude of services to women in need, from safe shelters to escape abuse, trauma recovery, and schooling for children in transition with their mothers out of abusive homes. Profits from the Genesis thrift shop help fund these essential programs for our community, and Genesis clients are able to shop here for free since many of them left their belongings and clothes behind to escape abuse. My clothes and items had a chance to help get a woman and her children out of an abusive situation in a variety of ways - and I never had to even turn off my car air conditioning!
Letting go of so many items has made me aware of how easily things creep in and how good of a job marketers do at making us feel like we need things that we really don't. I've already walked through shops, gotten the twinkle of consumerism in my eye and then walked away, picturing the item hanging in my closet for a while and then eventually getting the same face I made to so many impulse purchases of my past.
Turning down excess is a topic that evolves with time and community. I'm looking forward to checking back in and seeing how I evolve on the matter, and I am opening up the floor here for any other bloggers ready to share their journey through stuff and the feeling of letting it go.
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