I've written several times about gratitude in my blogs because it is a very important thing for me to remember; when I'm down, frustrated, or things aren't going my way.
My very dearest friend can make rainbows out of dog poop, and is way out of my league when it comes to gratitude.
But most recently, I realized again how important gratitude is when I'm doing a job through NEST Home LLC.
A few weeks ago, I was working with a client who had a lot of belongings, and she was very well aware of it. She hired me to not only purge, but to organize and prepare for a move. When it came time to make the decision to let some things go, she talked about the value of a particular object even though she no longer wanted or needed it. She was grateful for having owned it, but was sad to see it go.
When helping a client with these decisions, I offer the most financially beneficial option first, which is to sell it. I often list items for my clients on Facebook Marketplace and CraigsList, and have an employee who lists on eBay. I also host a "flash sale" if there is enough to warrant one. In many cases, and in today's market, this a tricky venture, and still most items are not purchased.
The next best financial option is to simply throw the object away. In terms of cost (volume aside), that option costs nothing. But throwing a perfectly usable (though unnecessary) object away is wasteful, and very undesirable to most every client I have had.
As is typically the case, these first two choices don't work with more than 50% of an estate, and that is when I feel really good about what I can offer. I have a list of organizations, individuals, and nonprofits that I work with that accept particular donations. When a client knows that their item will be valued and appreciated by someone else, not only do they rid themselves of an unneeded item, but they feel GOOD about it. Many times, I get follow-up pictures from happy recipients along with a thank you, which I am happy to pass along to the original owner. There are smiles all around!
And oddly enough, when you look at it from a financial perspective only, arranging someone to drop off your donated items (which is what happens 90% of the time), you are PAYING to GIVE SOMETHING AWAY. Why would someone do this?
I suppose for some it is because they don't want to be the source of waste, but for most, it is because they feel GOOD about sharing, and making a positive difference in someone else's life. They recognize that their items still have value, and they are grateful.
It really is true that we place far more value and importance on our belongings than others do, but when we can share that value, and are grateful for having passed it along, everyone wins.