I live in New Tecumseth, a rural community dotted with a few small towns in Simcoe County, Ontario.
We are, what most people would consider to be, a working class community. There are many people struggling to make ends meet and a fair number of single parent families.
Helen and I adopted our son, Alec, years ago. He has so much. As our only child and one of the few young children in my extended family, we, his parents, his grandparents, his aunts and uncles, cousins and our many friends have showered him with many toys and games. There have been occasions that we have found unopened toys that he has outgrown.
As he grown up, we have asked, and our friends and families have complied that he not be given so much.
Being Spring, one annual ritual in our household is reviewing what we use and what we no longer use. This was, at first, difficult for Alec, as he did not want to get rid of any of his toys, even those he had outgrown.
We assembled a nice collection of perfectly useful toys that would be appropriate for boys (and possibly girls) in the three to five age range.
We thought of holding a garage sale, and then thought of donating these toys to Goodwill. We opted for another way. We put up signs offering Alec's toddler toys to anyone who wanted or needed them. We put them up in local stores. In less than one week, almost all of Alec's toys and games (some unopened) had found new homes in our community. The rest we donated to Goodwill.
I think this was a very good life lesson for us as a family and for our son, Alec.
These toys will not fill up our landfills (not yet) but be re-used.
While spring cleaning, why don't you take a good look at what you want to get rid of. If these items can be still used, why not consider donating them to a charity or to people in your community who might be able to use them.
The experience will be good for your neighbours, good for the Planet, and good for your soul =)
Chris Smith CSSBB
Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage