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I typically spend Black Friday cleaning out my house. The goal is simple: to find better homes for all of my unwanted items and to make room for any new gifts that might appear between now and Christmas.

Five or six years ago I spent the day after Thanksgiving decluttering and ever since that day I’ve found the experience quite cathartic.

It feels good to get rid of the clutter and even better to pass it on to someone else who might need it more than I do.

Why spend the day shopping when I own too much already? I stopped exchanging gifts with my brother and sister-in-law and hope to do the same on the other side of the family.

Other than toys-for-tots and my niece and nephews I have no need to purchase gifts anymore.

So instead of shopping I spend the day decluttering and counting my blessings for all that I already have and own. I am so grateful for everything.