Too Many White Elephants In Your Home This Winter?



It’s time to help them move on, and in so doing, help the less fortunate.

Winter has truly arrived with a vengeance. I’m sure I’m not the only one who snuggled down with my cat and dog in front of the heater last night, hot drink in hand. However, there are many less fortunate people and animals who didn’t have this comfort, and this is where your white elephants can help.

Winter is a time for hibernation in a warm, calm, uncluttered and peaceful space. Hibernation is not burying yourself under a “Hoarders” type amount of “stuff”.   Take a look around your home and see how many unwanted items you have cluttering up your cupboards. That pair of skinny jeans you promised yourself you would lose 10kgs to fit into; the leather jacket which you would have to gain 10kgs to look good in; the pink and purple polka dot duvet set your girly cousin gave you three birthdays ago (and you are so not into purple or pink); the 12 coffee mugs you no longer use because you are now an espresso freak – all gathering dust and taking up useful closet space.

And this is where SORTED comes in – enabling you to reorganise and enjoy your serene hibernation space and at the same time moving your white elephants to a place where they can be re-used for the benefit of others.

Of course, you do not have to move all your white elephants at once –just like the tortoise or dormouse, you need to prepare your hibernation space at your own pace in order to make it as comfortable as possible for YOU.

So, move your white elephants room by room. Start at one side of the room and see what items you have not made use of for a long time. (The general rule is – not worn or used for a year? Out with it!) Then decide if you really do need the item in question, or whether its use would be of greater benefit to someone outside your home. For instance, visualise an item of clothing being worn by a needy person, or being sold in a charity shop to someone who really wants it.

Then the next question will pop up: “Who do I give this item to?”  There are so many needy people around – we are confronted by them daily, begging at robots or outside our local café; we read about them in the newspapers and every night see TV news items showing deprived and abused children and animals.

Although you may wish to give your unwanted items (clothing or blankets, for instance) to a homeless person you come into contact with on a regular basis, you may rather prefer to donate to a charitable organisation to ensure that your donation will be properly administered and made use of.

As an example – you can donate your unwanted clothing and household items to children’s homes, homeless shelters, or places of safety, knowing that the inhabitants of these places will themselves be the beneficiaries of your generosity. Alternatively, you can donate the items to one of the many charity shops around South Africa, knowing they will be sold for the benefit of the charity concerned and at the same time bringing happiness to a complete stranger who has always wanted a purple and pink duvet set.

It is always preferable to donate unwanted items, or money, to an organised, registered charity. In this way you can be sure that your donation will be properly used and reach its target. Unfortunately, all too often the food, clothing or money which we give directly to people on the streets ends up exchanging hands for drugs or alcohol.

So, whether you want assistance with sorting out your hibernation space or simply want to move along your white elephants, give SORTED a call and we will sort it out for you, simply and efficiently.

We can also provide you with a list of charitable institutions which would be delighted to receive your donations.