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"Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more." Proverbs 9:9 NLT

These tips are all about saving, organizing, & simplifying.  So this newsletter is getting that treatment too.

Welcome to the new streamlined version of "S.O.S." with 1 quick tip per month.

This month: Get rid of unwanted/unused gifts

They lurk about our homes--the macrame plant hangers from Aunt Edna. Grandpa's prized ash tray collection. The oil portrait of Uncle Festus in a Greek toga.
So how do we release items from our homes without hurting the gift-giver's feelings?
That's such a tricky situation that I dedicated an entire chapter on what to do with unused/unwanted gifts in my organizing book.
Here are a few tips to decide if you'll keep an iffy gift.

A) Do you like it?
If not, donate or re-gift it.
B) Do you have a purpose for it?
No? Let it go. An unused gift clutters up your life, but might be the blessing someone else needs.
C) Do you have a place for it?
Everything in your home needs a home. Maybe you love your new seven-foot
paper mâché Statue of Liberty. Are you willing to release other items to make room for it?

Remember, a true gift is freely given, and the receiver is able to do what he pleases with it. Including passing it along. You aren't giving away the person; you're giving away an object.

If you have questions about releasing gifts, where to send them, how to prevent hurt feelings, etc, please feel free to email me at

Conquer clutter easily once and for all with my book, Fast Fixes for the Christian Pack-Rat. Available now on Amazon.
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