From My Perspective: Excess

Excess - an amount of something that is more than necessary, permitted, or desirable.

Recently I read the book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It had me asking myself new questions as I rummaged through my mounds of clothes, over my packed linen closet and treasured keepsake and memory items I shoved into my hall table. The greatest piece of advice was to ask yourself, “Does this item spark joy?” It was profound for me.

Suddenly pairing down my packed to the brim closet and eight totes of out of season or doesn’t fit me right now clothes didn’t feel as much like a nightmare. I began by looking at each item separately and asking myself the all-important question, “Does this spark joy in my life?” This question is drastically different than my normal purging questions like, do you use it, does it serve a purpose, have you worn this lately? It honestly didn’t matter anymore if I had worn something last week; if the answer was no, it doesn’t spark joy in my life or in my heart, I put it in the donate pile.

First world problems: I now have 10+ bags of donate stuff to find a new home for. Sad thing is I believe I will have even more once I move on to purging my dreaded garage! This brings me to my point. Where do you take donations like gently used clothes, shoes, sheets and blankets in Ada? I was in search of an organization that will provide them to the people truly in need, rather than just haul it off to Goodwill. Not that there is anything wrong with Goodwill! Turns out we have a few different options here locally - one being Compassionate Outreach. They are open every day accepting donations and offer a free medical clinic twice a month. Compassionate Outreach is reaching out to our community and offering services that are greatly needed. Another organization that accepts gently used clothing is Abba’s Tables. You can drop those off any evening after 4:30pm. Any individual coming into Abba’s Table in need for clothing can take what they need. This is a hidden treasure at Abba’s Tables - another way they seek to meet the needs of the individuals in our community.

If you find yourself buried under a mountain of unused, unneeded, sparkless goods, check out these two organizations. Let’s keep working together to meet needs in our community. Ada is a great place to call home!