The older I get the more I realize that I really don't need that much to be happy. I really treasure experience more than physical things. That's probably why my boyfriend Scott and I seem to have fewer and fewer physical things each year.
A few times a year, my boyfriend and I go through our things and try to get rid of anything we don't use, wear, or need. In our garage we amassed a huge pile of things that we've been meaning to give away. Everything from half a dozen barely worn shoes, a crock pot, rice cooker, vases, trash cans and clothes fill a space in our garage instead of making the lives of someone else better.
Today I cleaned out our closet, grabbed everything out of our garage and donated everything to Goodwill hoping that someone can use our gently used items. I like donating to Goodwill because they provide people employment, and training by using the items that you donate.
Goodwill Industries mission is to "enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work." To learn more about Goodwill, check them out at: http://www.goodwill.org/about-us/
There is something freeing about donating your items, having less attachments to things, and knowing that someone else will be able to use them.