Clearing the Clutter

@allknowing (64996)
India
March 18, 2011 5:15am CST
It is not exactly clutter but I am determined to have less to dust, less to worry and less to re-arrange. I have therefore decided to call in a few friends and ask them to pick up whatever they want from my collection. Most of them are things I bought during my various holidays. What do you think would be my friends' reaction when I surprise them with this offer. Any ideas how best I could get rid of these things. I do not want to sell them.
6 responses
• United States
18 Mar 11
How about like your neighborhood church. They have to have like groups of ladies who will be happy to pick them up. Also there is salvation army too. I hope you clean every out soon. I hate to see so much stuff laying around in clutters so you have a very good idea.
• United States
18 Mar 11
Hi Marigiggles and a warm welcome to myLot! I like this idea! Makes sense that the church ladies will certainly be happy to also help get the items out for you.
@allknowing (64996)
• India
21 Mar 11
This entails work for which I really do not have time and I am not sure how many will appreciate these things.
• United States
18 Mar 11
It depends on your friends how they would react to your offer. If you do not want to sell your things you could donate the items to a charity, nursing home, free cycle, or a box at the curb with a sign that says free on it would be my suggestions.
@allknowing (64996)
• India
21 Mar 11
That 'box at the curb' seems to be a good suggestion. Let me mull over it.
• United States
18 Mar 11
How very nice of you to donate some things that perhaps you no longer have use for but others may find some use with them. I am pretty sure your friends knowing "free" will make sure to help you with getting rid of them. If not I like the member that suggested Church donation. Hope you can get rid of all the clutter and perfect spring cleaning timing.
@allknowing (64996)
• India
21 Mar 11
I am not sure hardworkinggurl - Nowadays people tend to survive on essentials what with shortage of maids, etc and they too may have the same problem as I have. Keeping my fingers crossed as, if they refuse to have them I will be upset.
@maximax8 (28250)
• United Kingdom
18 Mar 11
I think that your friends will be overjoyed to help you with your clutter clearing. They will be sure to have a delightful time looking through your holiday souvenirs. I think that most of your souvenirs will be taken by your happy friends. I collect costume dolls from around the world. My collection of them is one that is special to me and I treasure. I also have a small collection of miniature model houses. These are something I wouldn't want to part with. I regularly do clutter clearing in my bungalow. If your friends don't take all these souvenirs then maybe you could have a stall at a car boot sale. If you like you could give the money received to your favorite charity.
@allknowing (64996)
• India
21 Mar 11
They too may have the same problem as I have - maintaining them!. With maids being a rare commodity we all tend to survive on essentials these days. I would be upset if they refused to have them. So I am back at square one really!
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
18 Mar 11
It depends on how your friends like the things allknowing. FOR e.g.I had my own lending library earlier and when I relocated to Mumbai 5years ago, I distributed many of my books to some close friends. One of my friends was over the moon because she was quite passionate about books.I was terribly happy to give her because I felt that they will be well loved and cherished by this person. So, my suggestion would be to pick and choose your closest friends who will feel happy taking them . Moreover, they must be pople who really adore them; some people do not care for curios and cannot maintain them also [me being one of them].It would be a waste giving them these things. I remember having seen you with some orphan children in a party or something.Organize some games, wrap suitable objects [like small boxes or figurines] and give them as prizes. The second suggestion would be to gIve them to an NGO that takes care of children or adults. If they have some games or so , these can be given as prizes. Tell the organizer that.
@allknowing (64996)
• India
21 Mar 11
This is a delicate issue. My friends are all well to do but these things are souvenirs which are just meant for a showcase and no NGOs would be interested in such things. Anyway let me see how I will handle it as I am stuck with these things and maintaining them is a real problem. The second generation as you know will have their own tastes!!
@JohnMach (556)
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
I could have made friends with you a long time ago. You're a good friend, in my opinion.