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My Resolution for 2009

I doubt that I've ever made a New Year resolution that I haven't broken within the first couple of weeks of January.

But this year, I'm determined to keep my resolution for the entire 12 months.

I resolved that for every item we buy (not counting routine daily living supplies like food, shampoo, or toilet paper) I will donate two items to charity.

I went to the hardware store and bought three brand new trash barrels and a box of heavy duty black plastic liners. I labeled the barrels with the names of the three organizations I've decided to donate to for the year:
Salvation Army
Circle of Concern

By the end of the year, I hope to have donated barrels and barrels of useable items to the three charities I've chosen. I will be able to get my car into the garage for the first time in four years. I will be able to organize my basement and actually find things down there when I need to. I will be able to see the clothes in my closet and know that there is nothing there, I wouldn't be able to, or want to, wear.

I'm off to a great start already. January is almost over and the barrels all have something in them. I plan to document the process in my blog for the next year.

The most interesting result is my thought process when I buy something. I actually stop to think about what two things I will need donate as a result. It hasn't stopped me from buying things I really want. But, it has stopped me from buying impulsively. I'm betting that the closer I get to December the more cautious I will become in my shopping.

Comments (4)


This is a GREAT idea! Having the barrels makes it so much easier!


Deborah responds: Thanks, Palma. When I get home, maybe I'll take a picture of the barrels and post it with my next update on how I'm doing.
Can't wait to see you guys tomorrow. Our 8:30 flight was canceled and now we have to get up at 3:30 to make a 6AM flight! YIKES! We'll be zombies tomorrow night.

That is great! I love what you are doing, keep up the good work.

Deborah responds: Thanks, Candi. I brought a map of Scotland home today for our trip planning. Still put two old sweaters in one of the barrels.

I love what you are doing also. At first, I thought you were going to say that you had to donate two things when you bought the trash bags :) Great idea to have the barrels set up. Good luck!! That will be a fun post to read.


Deborah, that is such a fantastic idea. I think I'm going to do the same. Besides the mindfulness of giving to others, it makes it easier to clear out your own unused materials becuase its done a bit at a time.

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