After watching The Story of Stuff, which Mandy had posted on her Seeking Out Simplicity blog I felt that "depriving" myself was a necessary challenge...and although I didn't identify with all of the viewpoints expressed in the video I had to agree with the fact that...I have too much stuff, I buy too much stuff. I'm a firm believer in "voting with your dollars" and felt like it was time for me to walk the talk. And so...I didn't "vote."
And then January rolled around and although I had received some very wonderful gifts in October and December...I was still itching for some "retail therapy." I had also been brainstorming some ideas about how to practically simplify but continue to provide for our needs and the needs of others. The idea seemed obvious- a swap!
And I hate to pat myself on the back (who am I kidding? I'm a fan of self-encouragement) but I think the night was a raging success! Twenty-four ladies participated and I don't think a single person left empty handed. I also think people really were able to purge in their own homes and evaluate what sorts of things they want to make a priority when it comes to collecting "stuff."Alisha, is so generously delivering all of our left over goods (and we're talking about 3 car loads full) to World Relief and I hope that these items will truly help those refugees living here in the Seattle area. I couldn't have asked for a better process...purge, reuse, donate to a worthy cause where the recipients get to have the items for free. I'm also super pleased to know that World Relief and Goodwill have a relationship where any unused items can be donated and Goodwill will provide vouchers for the value, so the refugees can truly get what they need. What a huge blessing to all and it was such an encouragement to me to see how many women were willing to participate.
If you're thinking about doing one in your hometown, I highly recommend it and would be happy to give you any pointers I learned along the way.