Goodwill: Week One

Goodwill: Week 1

This is what I dropped off at Goodwill this morning. Three cardboard board boxes filled with books, a milk crate filled with books, and two large black bags filled with clothes.

The big question I asked myself was, “Why on earth does a 30-something year old woman still have milk crates in her home?”

24 Responses to “Goodwill: Week One”

  1. Anna Says:

    What? You don’t decorate your house in milk crate furniture?! ;-) They do make excellent storage in a pinch, I guess. My mom has a hard time letting go of milk crates…like maybe someday they will be a terrible milk crate shortage and she’ll never be able to get any more. Good job purging…it’s inspiring me to clean out my basement!

  2. Tara Says:

    I love this blog! It has motivated me to clean out my garage. I made several piles… one to go out with bulk trash (sometimes there is no redemption for objects), one to donate to the prop room at my daughter’s theater club, and one to give to a local charity. I also gave away a huge amount of camping equipment that has been gathering dust for 7 years to friends that would really appreciate it. Now you can actually move around my car as it is parked in the garage! I think I will continue the purge along with you… the movement to simplify my life. And I am resolving to think more closely about the items I purchase and their true utility. I also have the Target shopping sickness and need to be cured. Surely it can’t cost $60+ every time I walk in that store???

    Good luck this year! I will be tip-toeing behind your achievements…

  3. dynamitt Says:

    well it works for storage

  4. Sarah @ Ordinary Days Says:

    To hold up your boombox, of course!

  5. Fairly Odd Mother Says:

    Oooooo, I have a good answer for that one (only b/c I had to ask Freecycle for milk crates a while back)—-if you stack two on top of each other and use plastic ties to join them, little kids can use them to lean on when they learn to ice skate. We bring them to my mom’s pond and they get all over the place leaning on the milk crates. We may also build a skating rink in our yard and will use them there.

    I’m enjoying reading this blog—-it is inspiring me to get up into the attic and go through what we have up there.

  6. Heidi Says:

    I just got about that amount of stuff cleaning out my house yesterday. It is going to the Salvation army. Milk Crates are really good storage containers….

  7. Jen Says:

    It feels so GOOD, doesn’t it! Spurred on by your resolution, my husband and I are purging one room one hour at a time. Yesterday we took 2 bags to the charity shop (Goodwill equivalent). Almost better (and significantly cheaper) dollar-per-minute than an hour’s therapy.

    So, how are the kids feeling about all this? Have you sold the ‘useful presents’ line yet? I don’t know if you have an equivalent over there, but here (UK) we have things called NCT Sales, run twice-yearly by local volunteers for the National Childbirth Trust (a bit like LLL). You label up unwanted but good quality toys, clothes and equipment (highchairs, etc) and sell them at markdown prices, with a % going to the NCT. If there is something similar perhaps you could encourage the kids to choose some of their least-played-with toys and give them the $$ that they raise to save or go towards something they need? We’re putting the £ we raise towards a bookshelf to house the kids (remaining) toys…

  8. Kari Says:

    Dear lord, why do I (35 year old woman) still have a milk crate in my home??? Thanks for making me realize it’s time to let it go! You are inspiring me to get rid of the clutter - thank you, Chris.

  9. Shelly Says:

    You might want to think about joining a freecycle group in your area - if you have one. It’s a great way to get rid of your stuff to people who want your stuff. Your kid’s stuff may be a good candidate for something like that.

  10. Lisa Stone Says:

    Right on, woman. I’m watching and learning. I realized, upon reading this, that while I take a couple of boxes to Goodwill each year, I’m always hitting the same closets — NOT my dirty little secrets, NOT the places in the house (garage, garage, garage and basement closet where I still have unpacking moving boxes from 2002)….Sigh.

  11. Johnna Says:

    The milk crates are perfect to hold your recycling! At least, that’s what mine’s doing.

  12. jessie Says:

    I wanted to let you know that you have totally inspired me and my husband and we started a blog to keep us accountable. Thank you for the kick in the pants that we needed. I really enjoy reading and look forward to reading more.

  13. Kim Says:

    Hey Chris - I am LOVING this new blog (along with Notes, which I’ve read for a while now). You really are inspiring a lot of us! My goal is to throw out a bag a day, even if it’s a small bag. I have so many papers that come home from school with my daughter, junk mail, along with all of the other clutter around. I was inspired this weekend to actually organize and catalog all of the presents I have bought ahead on clearance, etc. Okay, I have four storage bins full. I think I have enough presents for the year! That’s when it really hit me that I buy way too much crap “in case”. I am giving it all away before buying new stuff, I swear!!!

    All the best,

  14. carrie Says:

    I fear there may be some milk crates behind all the boxes I need to get rid of too.

    And I must say, I am LOVING this whole concept. You are truly an inspiration to stop the crap and the clutter and the spending mindlessly!

    Thank you.

  15. Cindy Says:

    Milk crates make a GREAT way to transport soda bottles to a party when you’ve been thusly designated.

    Seriously though, I am reading this blog with great interest. I cannot wait to see how the year ends for you all!

  16. Maxine Says:

    I have to say that I love the irony of one of your boxes of donated books and such being a box from Amazon.

  17. dana Says:

    um…I’m 40 something and I still have milk crates. Am I a geek?

  18. KTP Says:

    I have milk crates. I am 36. I am a geek.

  19. Brigitte Says:

    I’m 40-something with milk crates too. I use them to store (some of) my daughter’s books, plush toys and extra bedding on the bottom (largest) shelf on her shelves.

  20. Wendy Says:

    Don’t you question those milk crates. Milk crates are cool. Everyone needs them.

  21. Amber Says:

    I am loving your de-clutter and purchase less plans. I buy too much stuff that I don’t need. I am a kitchen gadget junkie. I have been trying to get rid of clutter too this year. I have found that after a long crazy day with the kids I am more inclined to purge junk. It is a weird stress-reducer for me (and I love all of my junk and clutter, so it is difficult). I am also a 30-something who has milk crates. We use them to store camping supplies such as lanterns, ropes, bungee cords, etc.

  22. Rebecca Says:

    I am inspired by your goal. BUT - do not EVER slam the wonderful utility of MILK CRATES!!! They are currently the shelving for my son’s closet. 3 months ago they stored my college notebooks. 2 years ago - I think they were my filing cabinets! Milk crates are wonderful! Sigh….

  23. Visitor Says:

    I’ll buy the milk crates you donate to the goodwill. Awesome basement storage.

  24. Rebecca Says:

    I’ve read down the page and am very inspired by your posts. My husband and I threw out tons of junk before Christmas, and it’s astonishing and embarrassing how much more we need to throw out.

    I found you through “Relishing Motherhood”, and I’m adding you to my blogroll. I need inspiration to continue slogging through the junk!

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