My Black Friday Tradition… It Doesn’t Involve Shopping

November 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM 3 comments

photo

While many people are out shopping the day after Thanksgiving, you can often find me at home, digging through my closets, bookshelves and drawers. The goal is simple: to find better homes for all of my unwanted items and to make room for any new items that might make their way into my home.

Since I can’t get loved ones to stop buying me presents I typically ask for experience related gifts or consumable products like food. While this works more often than not, it’s inevitable that I’ll wind up with a few new things that need space in already crowded closets and drawers.

Every black Friday I perform a major deep clean and try my best to reorganize everything. I know that charities are always on the look out for donated clothes this time of year so I do my best to get things packed up into boxes in anticipation of the holidays.

I start by digging through the back of my closets and drawers and trying on each and every item that I’m just not sure about anymore. Then I move on to the linen closets and sort through sheets, blankets and towels.

Next I take a stab at the overflowing shelves lined with freebies like razors, toothpaste and shampoo. I keep one or two of each item as backups and then bundle the rest up for donation drives in our area. Last year I also provided small baskets filled with these types of products to family members.

Once that’s all wrapped up I typically move on to the gift closet. I take stock of what’s inside and pile up Christmas gifts I purchased throughout the year.

Lastly I clear out the rest of the house. I walk around and remove unwanted magazines, which can also be donated, along with odds and ends that have made their way into the various spaces of my home.

I also look for any items that we haven’t used in awhile. I’m always surprised by the number of things in our home that go unused over time. This includes everything from books to kitchen utensils. Sometimes I just box up items and move them out of the way, other times I try to sell or donate the unwanted items.

It can take a few hours to organize all of the nooks and crannies of my home, but when I’m finished I typically find at least a few boxes worth of items that I no longer want. I always feel a little bit lighter when I clean out the house and I’m happy to send those items off to those in need.

These days decluttering on Thanksgiving Day or the day after is an annual ritual. It feels good to get rid of all that clutter, but it feels even better knowing that it’s helping other people who need it more than we do.

How about you? Do you plan to shop on Black Friday? If not what do you plan to do?

This post was originally published on November 25, 2010.

Photo Credit

Entry filed under: holiday, organization. Tags: .

Donations for Deductions: When Is It Worth Getting a Receipt? A Wad of Money is Not the End Goal

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ellen K.  |  November 28, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Great tradition… it makes me sorry I’m out of town and not able to go through my house like this!

    I don’t set foot in a store the weekend of Thanksgiving if I can at all help it. My first job was working at a mall toy store, beginning the week of Thanksgiving, in 1994. I have yet to recover!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Reply
  • 2. One Frugal Girl  |  December 2, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving Ellen! Thanks for the comment. I’m sorry your work in a toy store was so scaring. I can only imagine!

    Reply
  • 3. » A Few Thoughts As I Start Out the Week One Frugal Girl  |  December 3, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    […] took a bunch of bags to the donation center on Friday. I felt a bit guilty at first for bagging up some toys my son no longer plays with, but when I saw […]

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Follow on Twitter

BlogHer Ads

Deals

DealSpotr - Fast Coupons. No Popups. Just Savings.

Archives

Categories

Stats


->