New year, new beginnings for more than yourself

When sorting through the old, we forget how easily it can be the new for someone else in the 4-States.

It can be easy to forget that sorting through old stuff has the potential to do a lot more good than simply eliminating clutter. 

Kristen Christian, co-founder of Bee Organized, is all about a new start.

I look at the new year as a refresh button, refresh, restart, pivot, about face, let’s try to improve upon ourselves.”

She’s right, it is a new year. It’s also cold, there’s a global pandemic, and you’ve got way more free time than you usually do 

I personally love this time of year, and as a professional organizer, we look at this as an opportunity to just reset intention in your home and doing that by really evaluating what you have in each space. Is it serving you, and is it serving you here and now?”

Kristen says asking yourself three basic questions help you decide what to hold onto: Does it bring you joy? Do you use it? Or is it valuable or irreplaceable? 

“But if you don’t like it, and you’re not going to use it, then let’s talk about ways that you can get rid of that item that’ll make you feel good.”

Here’s an option Donate it to Second Chances, a resale shop benefitting the Lafayette House in Joplin.

As an organization geared toward victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and substance abuse, it’s an important time of year for them – and donations make the difference. 

“This is absolutely a wonderful opportunity for our organization,” says Executive Director Susan Hickam. “A lot of times we have donations and we can’t keep everything at Lafayette House.”

Clothing is a big part of their inventory, but it’s not the only thing that helps. 

Whether it’s DVDs or just simple little picturesor things like that that can make a home feel like a home,” Hickam tells us. “Plates, cups, silverware, those types of things are really a useful something that our clients can use in their new homes.”

While another a new purse may not be what someone starting a new life is reaching for, it might catch the eye of another 4-stater.

Second Chances is open to the community, and its sales go entirely toward its mission. 

“This allows us to also turn around and sell those items, so 100% of the proceeds goes back to Lafayette House,” Hickam explains. “So let’s say you spend $19 on that outfit. It actually will provide 10 meals for men, women, and children in shelter.”

“We all have way more than we need. I mean we’re Americans, we’re consumers. If we have one coat, we have 25 coats,” says Christian. “I think often times when people know they will be able to donate something and it’ll be used or needed or wanted by somebody else, that often helps us to let go of it easier. 

…and help to start someone’s new life, and your new year, off on the right foot. 

Click here to get directions to Second Chances