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Don’t wait ’til spring to de-clutter

February 12, 2021

With all this time we are spending indoors, what a good opportunity to de-clutter your home! Honestly, I rarely feel like doing this, and it makes me tired just thinking of it. Usually, when I feel like I should organize my home, I have a cup of tea and some cookies and wait until the feeling goes away.

Once in a great while, I actually do follow through and take action. Recently, I got the urge to get out all of my yarn and knitting supplies. I took inventory of the scarves and shawls I’ve knitted over the past year or so.

I’m glad I did. I was able to donate most of the scarves to a good organization called People Loving People. This is a mobile outreach to homeless individuals. They are currently holding a donation drive called “Bundled With Love” and are asking for new scarves, mittens, hats, socks and earmuffs. You can drop off your donations at the Cervera Insurance Agency, 4120 W. 63rd St. They are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Midway Autumn Green Senior Village, 6700 S. Keating, announced recently that they are having an online meeting about de-cluttering. I tried to register, but was unsuccessful. I sent two messages, but haven’t heard back from them yet.

In the meantime, here are some de-cluttering tips. Guideposts Newsletter suggests donating the things you don’t need, rather than trying to sell them. Selling can be stressful. We don’t need more stress, that’s for sure.

Organizing expert Marie Kando says we should dispose of items that don’t make us happy. She said that you should take an item, hold it in your hand and ask yourself: Does this item spark joy? If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.

My tip for an overcrowded closet is to repurpose clothes you don’t wear anymore. If the item is made of nice looking fabric, cut it up and make a throw pillow out of it. You can’t have too many throw pillows. My hubby strongly disagrees with this, so I simply add a throw pillow when he’s not looking. Problem solved.

If you are out and about, how about dropping off some food donations to the Good Neighbor Love Fridge? This is located at 6601 S. Pulaski, outside by the Delgato Insurance Agency. The Love Fridge is there for anyone who needs food. Take what you need or drop off donations of sealed packages of cheeses, deli meats, eggs, yogurts, milk, fresh fruits and veggies. Thank you to all who have donated.

Speaking of thanks: thank you once again to West Lawn resident Eddie Guillen. He was cheerfully willing to help a neighbor who was unable to get the sidewalk at the back of her house shoveled and couldn’t get her garbage to the cans in the alley. She called her alderman, but they couldn’t help her. Eddie was ready to help, but a neighbor living nearby my neighbor got the job done. I’m grateful to her neighbor and grateful to Eddie for being a cheerful giver.

More good news: Tony’s Fresh Market, 7700 S. Cicero, has a job opportunity. They are looking for help in their produce department. No experience necessary. Call them at 708-733-7337 or go in person. They are open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Congratulations to 60 confirmation candidates at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. They were confirmed on Saturday, Feb. 6. May the Lord bless each of you and guide you to a life of joyful service.

Thank you to all who called me this week. I enjoyed the lively conversations and I am truly grateful for each one of you.

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