These days we all have too much. Too much comes in many forms: I sometimes laugh when working with a client because everyone is different and we all have our collection of something. What is your collection? I have seen mountains of T-shirts saved from events but never worn, shoes, shoes and more shoes… you women know what I am talking about! With kids it is stuffed animals and collections of tiny items like legos and stuff from the last birthday party favor bag! With hoarders stuff may come in the form of recycling or trash or rotten food.
We all have a relationship to our stuff and that is why we organizers have a job! Do you ever think what it would be like to be free of it all? A few clients have joked that if they lit a match and started over it might not be a bad thing. But have you really put yourself in someone else’s shoes and thought about what it would be like to just have the clothes on your back?
I always find it helpful to get a fresh perspective. The other day when working with a client we were talking about donation and places around town. Everyone is familiar with Goodwill, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Kidney Foundation and so many others but sometimes I wonder who are we missing? When my car is loaded down with a donation to take to Goodwill for a client, I find myself thinking I wish I could take this to someone in need right now and go right to the source. Now I am certainly not saying that these organizations are not worthy and a great place to donate to. But I would love to know that today or tomorrow someone has a clean shirt and new pair of shoes or a coat on a cold winter day because of me or one of my clients.
Did you know that the Charlotte Men’s Homeless Shelter houses over 500 men who would otherwise be out on the street? Next time you are struggling with cleaning out your husband’s closet or stressing over how much money you spent on that coat that was hardly worn think about how your “TOO MUCH” can be the one cherished item someone else truly needs…