A couple of years ago, my father, stepmother and aunt gave my husband and I a luxurious (expensive), super nice, winter down comforter as a joint present for my birthday, our wedding anniversary and Christmas. It’s THAT nice.
What’s really nice about this comforter, however, is that whenever I get into bed during the winter months, and snuggle down underneath it, I imagine them choosing it for us, with all the love, care and attention involved. That’s nice.
As we were packing to move, I did a lot of sorting through our stuff. It’s amazing how much we were able to pack into our tiny house. Even though there were five of us in only a little more than 600² feet, there were still what I would consider to be an embarrasment of riches. For example, I found two bags full of blankets underneath our fold out couch, the one we were sleeping on. I also filled two large Ikea shopping bags with kids’ sheets and blankets, and that wasn’t including the sheets and blankets from their beds.
Once we got to our new apartment and I wasn’t trying so manically to pack and clean everything at once, I was able to sort through what we were unpacking. I put quite a few things aside to donate to the thrift store, including old baby blankets, sheets and towels. And we still have so much!
I don’t know if you saw an email/blog post that went viral last year, sometime around the holidays, with a guide for how much you could donate to charity, based on what you own. For example, if you own five blankets, you would donate $.50 per blanket, for a total of $2.50. Then you would add up all the totals for each category (and the list went all the way through the house, from shoes to saucepans) and donate that amount to the charity of your choice for the holiday season.
I’m flinging numbers around here, because I can’t find a copy, neither in my email nor via Google. We’ve always given to various charities, but it’s usually â‚¬25 here or â‚¬30 there. This year I’d like to be able to share a bit more of what I have, both materially and financially.