Tackle it Tuesday — Donation Time

by Janice

Donation Time

My house is PACKED with stuff I need to donate!

My problems are procrastination and lack of time. I have boxed up years worth of Jackson’s clothes (I kept it all in case I had another boy — but the last baby we are having is our puppy AJ!) and so now I must let it go.

Last year, I sold a ton of old baby toys and clothes and we used the money for Jackson’s new sponsored child through Compassion International. But I still have boxes and boxes left.

I had been planning on going back to the kids swap meet to sell more, but I just haven’t had the time. So I think I will just donate it all instead.

The last week of school before the Christmas holidays, I had had enough! I was determined on that Friday that I was loading it up and dropping it off at the Salvation Army.

But, the night before, I got an email that one of the boys in Jackson’s class had his house burn down the night before. They lost everything!

Parents rallied, and donations floaded in to help. I went through Jackson’s things and got three boxes of barely worn clothes (some of it never touched because Jackson grows so fast and is very picky!) for the two boys in the family.

The timing was bizarre how I had planned on getting rid of it all that day. I was so glad to still have it so I could pull out the best of the clothes and give it to the boys.

tackle it tuesday - donating time

tackle it tuesday - donating time

tackle it tuesday - donating time

tackle it tuesday - donating time

tackle it tuesday - donating time

But that was only a few boxes — I still have tons more to donate this month! It is purging time ladies!!! Stay tuned for MORE donating/purging tackles!

Tell us, what have you been tackling in your life?

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Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

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The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Happy tackling ladies…

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1 Ann Marie January 5, 2010 at 1:24 am

Great job!!! I am in serious need of purging too!!

Yard Sales are wonderful to stock up on clothes my children will grow INTO — but now I have to collect everything they’ve grown OUT of! :)

ps I know of another lovely blogger who is purging 730 items this year to average 2 per day – isn’t that a great idea? Here is her post!


Happy Tuesday! :)


2 Dominique the Singaporean Mumpreneur January 5, 2010 at 4:56 am

Great Job on clearing up and donating the clothes that you do not need. I have yet to really sit down and clear up my kids wardrobe.


3 Susie's Homemade January 5, 2010 at 6:41 am

Look’s like there is a lot of that basement clean up thing going on! If by donate you mean throw out then, I have a lot to “donate” too:-)


4 Liz January 5, 2010 at 9:16 am

What a great tackle! Donating is always a great thing! Thanks so much for hosting!
Happy New Year!


5 Tracey January 5, 2010 at 9:47 am

I just did that to my closet and the Vietnam Vets lady called me last night to see if we had anything to donate. It was like it was meant to be…

How horrible for that family. I hope everyone was ok.


6 Tami January 5, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I haven’t tackled any projects this week, but I am going to get something tackled within the next 6 days, so that I can come back here and have something to share!


7 Muthering Heights January 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I’ve been going through our things too…it makes me so happy that passing things on can be such a blessing to someone else!


8 Pamela M. Kramer January 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm

WOW! What an awesome job!


9 Christine January 5, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Hi! I am new to your blog but I love the idea of purging stuff. Due to my husband’s job, we have moved quite frequently and I always get a thrill out of getting rid of as much stuff as I can before each move.
I always donate all of our stuff. I had never thought of selling it and using the money for charity. That’s a great idea:)
How blessed was it that you were able to donate your things to that family! God has wonderful timing…:)


10 shelle January 5, 2010 at 11:59 pm

that was really awesome. don’t you just love it when there is a real need and you can help fill it perfectly.


11 Cathy Tibbles January 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I have SO been in a purging sort of vibe lately. This morning I cleaned out an entire entertainment unit and re-arranged everything. Now I want to get rid of the unit!! That’s the hard part – wrangling hubby into helping. He’s a keeper, I’m a tosser-outer. Figures, eh?


12 Marie January 9, 2010 at 12:12 am

I’ve seen so many people getting all their stuff ready to donate lately. I’ve still got to give out the toys from the play area tackle and weed through clothes. It’s on my list. Great tackle! Great job!


13 Annie January 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I’m tackling getting together donations for a local women’s shelter — clothing, toys, food.


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