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Posted in 'Clutter' on January 12, 2009

 I can't believe the new year is here already. Where did 2008 go?? I do love the new year though. It means the slate can be wiped clean and you can start again. It's also a great time for a clean out and declutter. Each year, just before my husband starts holidays, we start our holiday jobs list. All of the jobs we have been meaning to get to during the year but somehow never got around to.
My list for these holidays included:
- Washing the house windows
- Cleaning out the pantry. I got rid of all of those out of date cans and packets hiding at the back
- Cleaning out the plastics cupboard. All those spare lids are gone.
- Sorting out my desk. This is still a work in progress.
- Photos in photo albums. I had 6 months of photos sitting in packets. Only took 1/2 hour.
- Gurney the path at the side of our house. I love doing this. Yes I used tank water!
- Get the toy room under control. New toys in so old toys out!
- Sort out the kids books. All of the books that they have outgrown have gone to kindy or friends with kids around that age.

My most fulfilling achievement these holidays was a only a 5 minute job, but made me feel really good...... I cleaned out my bra drawer. Yep, you read that right. My drawer was so full that I could barely close it anymore. When I had pulled them all out, I found that there were 14 bras hiding in there that were either too small, wrong size or I just didn't like them anymore. It's amazing how easy it is to find the bra that I want now.
I didn't want to just throw them in the bin. I was sure that someone would be in need of them so I googled bra donation and found this great website called Uplift Fiji that accepts bra donations and they send them to Fiji and give them to women who cannot afford to buy a bra.

Disadvantaged indigenous Fijians get much of their clothing from second hand Australian clothes shops. Australians don't put bras in the charity bins, so they are rare in these shops, particularly in sizes to suit the Fijian build. A new bra costs $40, and wages range from $1.50- $4.50/hour.With the humidity, fungal infections and abscesses occur between the breast and the chest wall. Bras will help.Since 2005,Uplift Fiji, through Rotary International World Community Service, has sent bras through secure channels, making sure they get to the women who need them without compromising their dignity.

Why not take 5 minutes out of your day and get rid of those bras you no longer wear?

Have a great week.



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