Excess Toiletries a Welcomed Surprise
While working with an elderly client to downsize in preparation for a move, we came across an over abundance of unopened personal care products – toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, etc. She had a weakness for buying these types of items and no longer remembered that she had stashes of them in several different places in her home.
As professional organizers, a big part of what we do is to help coach people through the process of making decisions about all of their stuff. In this particular case, the client was able to quickly identify all of the various types of floss she didn’t want, the maximum number of toothbrushes she should keep, etc. In all, she made the decision to let go of 23 toothbrushes, 57 packs of dental floss, 12 tubes of toothpaste, 18 nail scissors, 7 nail clippers, 43 boxes of bandages in various sizes and styles, and much more.
Not only did our client feel a million times lighter after we bagged up the excess stuff and removed it from her condo, these items were a welcomed surprise when I dropped them off at Mercy Ministries. They provide group homes around the world to young women, aged 13-28, who are seeking freedom from life-controlling problems such as drugs, abuse and self harm completely free-of charge! They provide hope, healing and housing for these young women. I’m certain that these excess supplies will be put to good use at Mercy Ministries!
Please always keep in mind that your unwanted stuff could probably help someone in need. I’m not recommending that you keep holding on to it because “someone could use it”, I’m suggesting that you take action to match up your unwanted stuff with people in need (thereby freeing yourself of it too!). Using the search feature on The Stuff Stop should help you start the process of connecting your unwanted stuff with people in need.
About the Author: Sue Anderson is a Certified Professional Organizer, owner of Simplified Living Solutions and creator of The Stuff Stop. She thrives on helping people dig out of their clutter so they can lead simpler, calmer lives. She is also passionate about matching up people’s unwanted stuff with people in need. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.
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