The Winter Clothing Challenge

This week most of the country tipped the scales from “acceptably chilly” to “actually cold,” and much more wintry weather is on its way over the next few months.  There are many less fortunate than us living on the streets freezing tonight, and your closet has a pile of jackets, sweatshirts, pants, socks, and other clothing that you’ve decided to cling on to in hopes that one day you’ll wear them again.  Guess what…you’re not!   But you can take the opportunity right now to ease someone’s suffering and I guarantee they will be grateful.  Now is the perfect time to take a quick dive into minimalism and positively impact the world. 

So right now, reach into the back of the closet and open up those boxes in the basement, and pull out the items that you haven’t worn in the last year and do an honest assessment of your probability of donning that clothing in the future.  Maybe you’re saving some useful cold-weather clothing for an upcoming ski trip, but the honest truth is the rest has likely simply diverged from your idea of fashionable. 

This is especially true with those sentimental items—you know which ones they are:  gifts received, items connected to personal experiences, etc.  How many years has it been since you’ve worn your old college sports-team sweatshirt, or your high-school-mascot-emblazoned hat, or those gifted pants that your friend thought would be cool but you immediately knew you wouldn’t actually wear them? If you haven’t used it in the last three years don’t even think twice; save yourself the stress and throw it in a bag.  I guarantee no matter how sentimental it is, you (and the gifter) will rest better at night knowing somebody is staying warm on the streets wearing it than it simply collecting dust in your basement.

OK, so now that you have a bag of warm clothing that you’ll never miss, turn it into a good deed by giving it to somebody in need.  You can drop it off at any of numerous charitable organizations, or simply drive around downtown until you find somebody who looks like they could benefit.  Sit down and have a conversation to let them know you care and they are valued.  Give them the whole bag and ask them to divvy it up among their friends.  This gives them the opportunity to share and brighten the lives of others, compounding the positive impact you’re making on the world! 

Bottom Line:  I challenge you right now to make a compounding positive impact to the world. Clean out your unused winter clothing from your closet and give it to those in need.  Then challenge somebody else to do the same!

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