The outbox has got to be the single most effective tool from the Cure. There are things in my home that I know need to go. I see them every day and they continue to freeload - staying put but bringing no use or joy to the household. The Cure gives you permission (even pushes you) to round those things up and get them out the door. My use of the outbox always tapers off through the course of the year, but each January Cure I participate in gets me back on track:
As I emptied the outbox, I needed to find homes for new clothing my son grew out of without wearing, a toy (again, outgrown) still in the box, clothing of mine and my husband's from the weekend's bedroom cleanup
, and a set of glassware that was taking up space in our cabinets but seeing no use. As for where to donate: We opted to make one stop at the thrift store, where all of our donations were accepted. However, there are great options for donating all over town: there are two local women's shelters that accept children and women's items, the Habitat ReStore for anything building-related, and a great Facebook group for Lawrence residents called Lawrence Freecycle
where you can give away and find just about anything.
Are you like me in that you fall off the outbox wagon each year and have to get back on, or has the outbox become an integral part of your housekeeping?