Call me crazy (it wouldn't be the first time), but I'm looking forward to another week of wintery mix before we get some warm spring weather in the Northland.  It will give me a little more time to do some much needed spring cleaning.  If you are planning to do the same, consider donating your clothes and other household items to the Salvation Army.

Get a big ole' box and start filling it up with clothes you no longer wear.  What's the rule?  If you haven't worn it in two years, chuck it?  I hate to admit this, but I'm still wearing some stuff I had in high school (yay, for 80's mom jeans!).  But, seriously, your items may not be worth anything to you anymore, but to the Salvation Army, it helps to provide meals, fund their many programs, pay utility bills and more.  Plus, it will save you money in additional garbage fees to have your unwanted items hauled away.  It's a win-win-win all the way around.

Whether you make donations year round or shop at the Salvation Army stores, you are helping those in need in our community and you're helping to fund a rehabilitation program.

The Salvation Army provided some good advice for decluttering your home and it's entirely true.  I have tons of holiday decorations I don't put up anymore because I have bought new ones (and my house is NOT that big).  I need to go through those and my dishware.  I have dishes dry rotting in my hope chest that is still hoping to be cleaned out some day.  Not too mention umpteen books that I've read and liked, thinking I'll read it again.  Why?  There's always a great new book waiting to be read and I just got a new Duluth Public Library card, this will give me a great reason to actually use it!

YOU are helping me.  My house needs a complete overhaul, not only being able to let go of "stuff" I've been holding on to for no reason, but it needs a deep cleaning.  It's daunting, but my plan is to start in one area and keep working my way through the house.  Let's tackle this together and keep each other on task, are ya with me?  Keep the Salvation Army in mind when you go to throw something out, instead recycle and reuse, someone can benefit from the treasure you've been holding on to.

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