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 JeanieJ@cox.net.