I was so pleased to see posters at my local mall announcing H & M's clothing donation campaign. I figured it was a good incentive for me to declutter my closet. Starting on the 23rd of May and running until the 28th, you can drop off a bag of clothing in any condition and receive a $10 H & M voucher or coupon. Brilliant! So far, I have dropped off 2 bags. The first bag was easy and the second bag was a little harder. It's been pouring rain for hours today so I didn't make another donation. Also, it has gotten progressively harder to put together another bag. After hours of staring at my closet, putting something on the donate pile, changing my mind and taking it off, I needed a break. I do think it is important to make decluttering fun and not overwhelming, so I called a halt when I felt myself getting really bogged down. A word of warning here. I made the mistake of making my first donation at the bin located inside the H & M store. I had asked an employee where the bins were and was directed to a small bin beside the cash register. There was a pile of forms for a giveaway and I assumed that the giveaway was the only incentive on offer to make a donation. The 2 employees at the cash didn't give me any vouchers or attempted to tell me about the vouchers. Then, I went out into the mall and, much to my chagrin, there was a huge booth manned by attendants giving out coupons for donations! I asked one of the attendants why coupons weren't being given out in the store but the only explanation I was given was that she wasn't "technically" an H & M employee so couldn't answer my question and that possibly the "real" employees didn't know about the H & M campaign (???). If you would like a coupon, make sure you make your donation at a drop-off point that is actually giving out the coupons. All that aside, quite unwittingly, I am well on my way to using Marie Kondo's method of decluttering my closet espoused in her book, "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up," which involves going through every single item in your closet and making a decision on it. And that, surely, is a good thing.
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