Cleaning up creates order and calm! I have to admit, cleaning out closets does for me what cleaning streets does for a community! I have spent hours and hours over the past several weeks, attacking every closet in my home, passing along items and clothing I no longer need to families that might need some help, and I'm convinced I've been on this roll as some sort of reaction to the increasingly devastating economic situation that we are currently facing. I'm almost embarrassed to admit I have seven construction-size trash bags filled with clothes that my daughter and I no longer use and have been just sitting in our closets unnecessarily taking up room.(Just three of them are pictured here!) Finally, I have heard the plea to release them from my grasp and boy does it feel good! What a relief it is to let go and wish them well on their next journey. No matter what economic level we may be in, taking a few minutes to review the story of stuff in our homes can have a truly surprising and liberating result. Emotionally, I feel a lift, a shift, a clearing and I've caught myself wondering why I have held on to all this stuff. (I clean my closets regularly but obviously not well enough!) And honestly, purging for good couldn't come at a better time for others desperately trying to make ends meet. Together one hand can help the other. All of us can pass along gently used coats, clothes, shoes, baby toys, car seats, strollers, bedding, books, you name it and why not? Please share with us how you have "cleaned out and cleaned up for good" this season!