Hi there, Mrs. 1500 coming at you once again.
Last week, I asked you about regifting. Are you for or against it? It seems that most people are for it, if you follow certain guidelines. Michelle from Making Sense of Cents had a good point, you should make sure it is something the new recipient would use or want. Don’t just regift because you have it lying around the house.
Mrs. PoP from Planting our Pennies has actually managed to get the gift-givers in her life to stop giving gifts! Mrs. Pop, you need to teach classes on that. As the very least, teach my mother-in-law!
Michael at Student Loan Sherpa reminded us that “it is definitely a social crime and you must treat it accordingly. Make sure you remove any trace of its gift past. Regift across social circles, if you get something from out of town family it can go to a work friend. Finally, don’t regift something that the gifter will constantly be asking about.” Very good points.
Thanks for all the great responses! I have no qualms about regifting, if you follow the rules.
On to this week’s question: What is your criteria for donations?
As you well know, we have just moved from a 2800-square foot (plus 1400 sq. ft. basement) house in wasteful-land, to a 1400-square-foot, no basement house in a city we really like. As a mini-hoarder, I have a lot of stuff. A LOT OF STUFF. I would like to get rid of it and live like a normal person. It was all nicely spread out in our larger home, but this new smaller house just won’t hold it all. I liked having a clean house and I want to get rid of it. I know I won’t be able to do it all at once, but rather in waves. I am committed to culling our clothing to about 15 outfits per person, plus another 2-3 for dressy occasions, which are few and far between.
So what is your criteria for getting rid of things? Clothes you haven’t worn in one season? 6 months? 2 years? What about things in the kitchen? Is it better to keep those turkey pans, or donate them and just buy a disposable one every year? How about bathroom stuff? I don’t really use hydrogen peroxide very often, but I do need it occasionally. Ditto rubbing alcohol. How do you purge?
I had a 4-bedroom house before, and now we are in a 2-bedroom, but expanding to a 3-bedroom. I have lots of blankets, sheets, towels. How many do you need per person?
So, what is your criteria for donations, purging, etc.?
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