upon preparing my house for the annual holiday festivities last night i realized, this is a perfect time to purge and organize. not only do you get unwanted clutter out of your place but it gives you the opportunity to donate the stuff to people who could benefit from its use. i pulled out shoes, sweaters and pants that i never wear anymore (read: have become a little too plump for) that could really help someone out and made things look neater and tidier in the process!
if you're getting ready for an onslaught of visitors yourself, throw some stuff in a bag and bring it on down to your local shelter, or, send it to your cousin who just started her first year of college and loves to get stuff in the mail. maybe santa will put a little something extra under the tree in recognition of your good will ;)
photo: j. kurtz