There is no rule that says you can only own a certain amount of possessions and that once you have reached that limit, you have to start getting rid of some of your things. Technically, you can have as much ‘stuff’ as you want. However, there is a problem with this idea; you’ll run out of room. Hoarding everything you ever bought not only takes up all the space in your home, garden, and anywhere else you can put things, but it will also make you unwell, potentially physically but also mentally. Nevertheless, it’s good to remove some items from your life from time to time.
Rather than just throwing these things out, which would be a shame – you once loved them enough to have them in your home, after all, and you probably spent money on them – why not donate them to charity? There are many reasons why it’s a great idea to donate your unwanted goods; read on to find out what they are.
The more items you hold onto for a long time, the more clutter you’ll have in your home, and that is a problem. Clutter will make your home seem untidy, even unclean, even if you know where everything is and can find anything you or anyone else happens to need. It can even be dangerous too; if there are lots of things all over the place, you could easily trip and fall, for example.
If you declutter your home, you’ll find that it can become a much more pleasant place to live in. You might have thought you liked having that clutter around you, but once you start to clear it, you’ll realize that it’s better when there is more space, more light, and when it’s a cleaner place to be in. Plus, the less clutter you have around you, the clearer your mind can be, too, so you might also find you are more productive not just in work but also in your daily life.
When you make a charitable donation, you aren’t just helping yourself by clearing out things you no longer need; you’re helping others. There are many people who need extra help both at home and abroad, and by donating your unwanted items rather than throwing them out, you can enable them to have some extra support in a variety of different ways.
Donating items to a charity shop means that the money made when selling these items can go to the people who need them most. Look around your high street, and you’ll see there are plenty of places to donate to. What cause do you feel strongly about? This is where you can give your old things to (although they should be in good condition, of course).
Good For The Environment
Think about what you would do with your unwanted things if you didn’t donate them. You would either keep them, which we’ve already explained can be hazardous, or you could sell them (although then you have the added issue of having to send them out), or you would throw them into a landfill. This last idea is the worst of all since it is so bad for the environment. The more things that are in a landfill, the worse the issue is. When the things put into a landfill start to break down, they release harmful gases into the atmosphere – some don’t break down at all.
By not throwing your items out, you are helping the environment by not utilizing landfills, but you are also ensuring that clothing factories produce less. This is because there will be a lower demand since it’s much cheaper to buy good second-hand clothes from a charity shop than brand new clothes from another shop.
Setting A Good Example
We don’t know what kind of world our children will grow up into, and we certainly couldn’t easily and accurately predict what our grandchildren will be dealing with, but there is one thing that is for certain; everyone will need to be kind.
Being kind makes all the difference in life. If you can be nice to someone rather than nasty if you can help rather than hinder (or do nothing at all), and if you can try to make other people’s lives that little bit easier, these are wonderful lessons to teach the younger generation so they can do the same as they get older. By donating to charity, you are helping others and the environment, but an extremely important cause, and you are teaching your children to continue doing this well into the future.