Clearing out your stuff is all about self-care. Creating a space that allows for ease of movement, quiet reflection, playtime and peace of mind is essential for wellbeing. As you look around your room/home, if you’re not smiling – start clearing. A little bit of letting go can do wonders for your outlook. It’s ok to start slowly. Begin with the room you spend the most time in and go from there. Reminder: Don’t feel guilty about getting rid of any items left behind by family. They would not want you to feel burdened. You deserve a home that you love and that loves you back. You’ll know it when you arrive there. Here’s to getting clear!
One of the most frequent questions I get is: “Who can I call to come get my donation stuff?” A number of nonprofits have suspended pick up service during these pandemic times and the ones who still pick up charge in the $60 range. What they will accept has also gotten very specific. Drivers are allowed to leave behind anything they deem not acceptable which can really vary depending on who is behind the wheel that day. Hauling services can be your best bet IF you have large furniture items and the resources to pay the average minimum $160 pick up fee. The answer? I always suggest contacting the VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America). Pick up service is FREE and scheduling is fast, efficient and available in most states nationwide. Everything from clothing to books, small household items, bikes and toys can be donated. The rules are simple: Label bags/boxes “VVA” and all items must be light enough to be lifted by one person. Once ready, leave items outside on the porch, at your building entrance or in the driveway. The truck will pick up rain or shine between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm on the day you selected. Tax receipts are available. Visit the VVA website to schedule and to learn more about how your donations are processed and why they matter. NOTE: As with all donations, make sure items are clean and in usable condition. Visit my Resources page for more donation options. Thanks for your efforts in making life clearer and brighter for yourself and others!
Do Good shelter in SW PDX has an updated list of needs for their residents. Perfect to keep in mind as you are getting your fall and winter items out of storage and seeing what may or may not work for you anymore. Be sure all items are in good condition. And feel free to share the list with any local merchants. Please contact me for pick up arrangements. Thanks, as always, for making it a clear day! Click to view the list of needs.
Summer is the season in which we celebrate the sweetness of life. Appreciating even the little lifts that come our way can do a world of good – especially in these stress filled times. The latest issue of ACP Enews is filled with fun and creative inspiration from an egg yolk surprise to a cool new product to a mini art gallery with a mission you’ll love. Stay cool, stay smiling and stay clear! Check it out here.
Thanks to all who donated to the Do Good garden project this Spring. The residents really dug creating their own mini gardens and raised beds. Take a look at the results and view the property’s latest wish list. Also, read about the surprising delight of a kiwi that came my way, get a tip on cleaning products and learn about the elevating energy of rose. Have a clear day everyone! Read all about it in the latest ACP Enews.
Do Good is looking for help. If you are in the PDX area and can donate any of the following items, please let me know. If you are outside of PDX and would like to contribute in dollars, that would be great, too! Do Good staffs the sixth “physical distancing motel shelter” opened by the Portland/Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services last year. The 43-room shelter at the former Value Inn on Barbur in SW Portland provides 24-hr services along with meals, health support, and access to counseling and substance use treatment. This is a stellar example of repurposing space to meet the needs of the community. Let’s do what we can to help them succeed. Here’s what they could use now:
GARDEN SUPPLIES: They want to create raised garden beds and do some garden therapy. Soil, seeds, starts, tools, raised beds. ART SUPPLIES: A wall mural is being planned that will incorporate art therapy. Paint, brushes, tape, tarps. GRILLS: As warmer weather approaches, they’d like the ability to grill meals for residents. Any size of grill would be appreciated. Grill tools, too.
Questions or ideas about donations: Email or contact Jane at A Clear Place.
The latest ACP Enews includes segments about: Sam Cooke’s timeless A Change is Gonna Come; a gifted Earth loving artist from Boulder, CO; the latest from EWG and three vignettes about the neighbors on my floor. Wherever this time finds you – now more than ever, it’s SO important to find ways to share your story. To listen. To act. To offer help. To find the humor. To embrace change. And to come from a clear place – one that is based on understanding and compassion. Stay safe and stay connected! View here.
Part of enjoying a clear space involves being mindful of what’s in it. In this month’s ACP Enews I feature a few of my favorite ways to shift into enjoying life right where you are – starting with what I call ‘piece’ practice. This is a wonderful exercise in gratitude and appreciation for what you have. (And a wake up call for what isn’t working for you.)
Wherever you are, I wish you a clear and a joyful Spring!
Nature is a continual source of inspiration for us especially in challenging times. We can tap into its energy, its wisdom, its beauty 24/7. Clouds remind us that life is all about change. Relish each moment and trust that something wonderful will unfold again. Read my latest Enews to learn more about this featured cloud and the global interaction I enjoy with fellow cloud enthusiasts. PLUS: Know someone who could use some cheer? FREE photo note card to the friend of your choice; and an easy recipe for these in home cooking days. Stay well and remember to enjoy the view! Go to April Enews.
Whew! Lots of bad news going around these days. But there’s plenty of good stuff, too. Starting with a recent cover from The New Yorker, I talk about tending the garden that is your heart. I also share a personal story about my Dad and suggest a way that you can focus your good energy and really make a difference in the world. I even threw in a little green tip on mighty arugula. Take a moment and read the June issue of ACP Enews.
Here’s to making it a good news day everyday!
Illustration by Tom Gauld courtesy of TNY.