. Angel On My Street
I met an angel the other day. At least I think so. She is a woman in my neighborhood that became aware of some specific family needs in another town in the valley and thought she would do something about it this month. The husband has less than adequate employment, the pantry is rather bare, and the holidays look somewhat bleak.
She is no different than many others I have met through the years, but I was made glad because her requests helped me let go of things I really don’t need or want, and yet haven’t had the courage to share. (We cling so tightly to our stuff.)
Give A Lot of Little Things
The requests were small: gently-used clothing, unused canned goods, coats that are gathering dust, and toys that are no longer really being used.
As I went through my house, pulling cans from the pantry, finding a pair of shoes that really don’t work for me, and purging the unused games, I felt “cleaned out” and “freshened”. We keep so much we really, really don’t really need, and actually should share, but who will appreciate it enough to make the sharing worthwhile?
Find Angel Items
May I suggest that you, too, take just a few minutes this week and find the “angel” items in your house. Yes, give, give, give! It won’t cost you a thing, it won’t even dampen your style. In fact, it will help you get organized and ready for the influx of gifts which are surely to come your way soon.
Set them Aside
So look for those “angel” items, gather them in a box or bag, and then look for an angel who is collecting items to share with others.
You might even want to get your kids involved, maybe your spouse, and definitely the friend down the street that could lose a few items from her personal stash.
Yes, find the order which returns to your home and soul when you have stripped yourself of what you don’t really need. Happy holidays!
Find more helpful ideas in my House of Order Handbook.
Photo from sxc.hu. Used with permission.