A Guide To Giving Your Stuff Away

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“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” –Hebrews 13:16

I am a thrift store junkie. I love getting a good deal. Being a one income family, I try to stretch the budget as much as possible. When I shop at a thrift store I don’t expect to get perfect items (although I have found many things with the tags still on them). But, I do expect to find items that are NOT torn, stained, holey, broken, chipped, unraveled, etc.

When I donate my items to a local charity I make sure they are in good condition. Even though someone may not be able to afford high end items, I wouldn’t want them wearing things I wouldn’t even wear myself. Just because you donate somethings doesn’t mean it needs to be broken. Donate items that you would buy. Have a standard.

Here are a few guidelines that I use when going through my “stuff” to donate:

  1. Go through your clothes twice a year (once in Spring and once in Fall).
  2. Trash anything that is in bad shape (holes, rips, stains) and donate anything that is too small (or big) and you haven’t worn in a year.
  3. Go through the kid’s clothes twice a year. Use the above (#2) guidelines for this as well.
  4. Organize storage closets twice a year and donate things that you no longer need or want.
  5. Organize the pantry a few times a year. Donate items that you no longer need or want but are NOT expired.
  6. Clean out the garage twice a year and donate things no longer needed or wanted.
  7. Organize the kid’s toys a few times a year. If it’s broken, throw it away. If they no longer play with it, donate it.
  8. Every year after winter is done, donate coats that no longer fit (I have three little boys so we always have coats that don’t fit at the end of the season).

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” –2 Corinthians 9:7

Since my family doesn’t have a lot of money to give to charities we give the things we can. Food, clothing, baby items, toys, and household items are in need. Many people lose their jobs everyday. Giving away “stuff” we no longer have a use for is a simple and easy way to help out.  Another way to help is to give your time. Volunteering at a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen is a wonderful way to give to others. Jesus came to earth to serve, not to be served. He is the ultimate example of how we should be. Volunteering your time is always in high demand. Time is something you can’t get back so giving it away is a sacrifice. But, do it with a cheerful attitude.

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”  –Proverbs 19:17

We all have way too much stuff. I have really been convicted to become a minimalist. My husband is already practicing this method of living. He loves organizing and throwing things away or donating. It used to drive me crazy but now I am on board and leading the way. God wants us to be givers. Donating things is my way of giving.

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