Inspired by Justina Chen Headley, the master of space-clearing, I decided to do a little of my own.
Living in a house is nice, but it lets you accumulate stuff at an astonishing rate. We have never-used crystal from our wedding nine years ago. Suits I haven't worn for a decade. Toys, jackets, lamps someone passed on...we are buried in stuff!
If you are, too, think about going through yours for some winter cleaning - now is a great time, because chances are you have things someone out in the cold right now could really use, like:
Mittens, scarves, hats
Socks - even used, these are a gift to homeless people
Tiny toiletries that you collect at hotels but never use
Jeans, pants, sweaters
linens, towels (esp good for shelters)
books (if you can bear to give them up)
I'm taking the above items to New Horizons, a teen homeless shelter in downtown Seattle, and the rest to my church's holiday bazaar and rummage sale, Dec 6th, which will benefit New Horizons with the sales.
There are places to donate all over - you'll feel better having less stuff, and you'll help someone who really needs it.