Turn Your Living Space Into A Giving Space

Everyday, we stumble into the world to work, play, eat, and everything
in between. But, no matter how much fun we have in the streets, there's
really is no place like home (Thank you, Dorothy). On most days, there
is no place that I'd rather be than my house. Yesterday, I was sitting
around trying to think of little habits that I could introduce in order
to make my household a giving household. And, to my great surprise, I
created a list of 9 small yet effective ways that you (and I) can "turn our living space into a giving space."

1. Place a piggy bank in your front hall or on your bedroom dresser and
empty your loose change on a daily basis. At the end of the month,
donate the funds to your favorite charity.

2. Give back to the environment. Throw those water/wine bottles and pop cans in a bag, and recycle when it's full.

3. Whenever you purchase a new item of clothing, automatically select
something in your closet to give away. Put the items to the side and
donate on a monthly basis or at the start of a new season.

4. Decorate your home with items that benefit a great cause. Check out BuildANest.com!
NEST provides micro-loans to female artists in developing countries,
sells their crafts in the US, and recycles the money back.

5. The lotion that you never opened? The makeup samples still in the
package? Gather those things and give to a local women's shelter. You'd
be surprised how new perfume or lipstick can help lift spirits of women
going through difficult times.

6. Next time that you host a get-together, ask your guests to bring a
canned good. Then, take the items to a food bank in your area.

7. Give back to yourself by placing motivational quotes around your
house. One of my favorites: "Everything you can imagine is real." -
Kimora Lee Simmons

8. Incorporate awards, Thank You letters, and other "gifts" from
charities into the decor of your home. Last year, a 5-year old
sweetheart made me a card complete with a heart, glitter, and my name.
That beautiful piece proudly hangs on my fridge. It always makes me
smile and reminds me of our fun time together!

9. Like fresh flowers, fruits, and veggies? Purchase your goods from a
community garden or co-op. Your patronage will not only help to support
the garden, but also any other programs/services provided.

Any additional ideas?

-kb

This article was originally posted on TheFabulousGiver.com.

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