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We tend to associate self-care with behaviors and practices that are self-serving, but giving to others can be a form of self-care too.
There are many opportunities to give of ourselves: We give our time when we volunteer to help those in need, we give our money when we share our earnings with those who are are struggling to support themselves, and we also give “things” which no longer serve us, knowing that others may find benefit in them.
The act of giving strengthens our personal relationships by connecting us to others. It supports the environment by re-purposing consumables and reducing waste, while simultaneously helping us eliminate clutter from our personal spaces (something that can stand in the way of our ability to share our unique gifts with the world).
After a recent bout of sorting and purging, I found myself with an eclectic mix of things–things that had already served their purpose for me, things that I no longer needed, and things that I didn’t quite know why I had purchased in the first place.
But while those items my longer fill a need that I currently have, they certainly may fill a need that someone else has.
While I had hoped to become involved in a local Buy Nothing group, I’ve since learned that I live outside the boundaries of the closest community chapter, so I had to find an alternative.
Donating unused items helps get them into the hands of those who need them, and many organizations also provide jobs within the community, which is an added bonus.
Do you have a few things lingering in the back of your closet?