This is my final post of this Reverse Advent Challenge organised by Streetbank.com where the aim is to give something away each day this Advent, to counter the consumerism of Christmas and at a push, I managed to keep donating throughout Advent. Here are my give aways for days 21 to 24.
Day 21 - Today, I finished reading a book that I know another member of the family might enjoy, so I'm going to pass it on to them when I see them after Christmas.
Day 22 - I did a little bit of grocery shopping in Tesco today, and decided to pop a yule log in the Food Bank box on the way out. Hopefully someone will get a nice treat this Christmas.
Day 23 - I had a good look through my fabrics in the sewing room today and managed to sort out a bag full of fabrics and sewing patterns to take to the charity shop. I had a ridiculous amount and I am simply just not going to use many of them, so hopefully, as well as making a bit more room for the fabrics and patterns I will use, they might be of use and help to raise some money for others too.
Day 24 - We decided today to take Little Bird's bike with us up North and give it to her cousin when we visit. It's rather small for her, she rarely uses it and we're going to buy a new bike that we can all hopefully use next year.
It's been a busy Advent this year, decluttering and giving things away. The house is feeling pleasantly lighter and less cluttered. It really is shameful how much 'stuff' I've held on to for so long and not even looked at, let alone used. I'm hoping it will find a use elsewhere and it will bring at least a small amount money, pleasure or relief to others.
This challenge was a great idea, I've enjoyed taking part and giving things away and I hope you've enjoyed reading about it. I'm hoping that in 2015 I can continue to pare back unnecessary belongings and generally be more generous towards others, especially those in need. Rather than acquiring lots more things all the time, I'm definitely aiming to buy less in 2015 and buy better quality where I do buy anything. It would be nice to get to a point where I feel happy with my lot and give more time or money to others in the coming year.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and New Year.