It all started with me wanting to giveaway my college books and teaching our kids about ‘giving’. We are into the mid of the second month of the year and continuing the effort! Not that we have so much/many good stuff to give but they are still useable and we don’t need them! Plus I am such a hoarder! 🤣 It also gives me a lot of comfort that I am not different in the sense not only me mind having used goods! They are many people who think alike me! ‘Can use don’t waste!’
There are some other things in mind to giveaway but this shall continue after the CNY break. Also something to get me ‘busier’ and getting out of the usual routine – let me get happier and motivated by giving! 😁😁
These past week giveaways are
– wrongly bought light bulb that has been kept in store room for sometime
– fish shaped glass plates (pretty but not practical for me)
– leftover DOM
– cooler gels which I used to travel breastmilk and food around
– aloe vera plant (growing too wildly)
– postpartum belt which I only used during Noelle’s confinement period
– one pair cot bumper (because we only need one pair)
This week’s giveaway seems turning ‘barter trading’ – though it was never our intention.
We gave away a ceramic food stacker which was left in the cupboard unused! This was indeed one of the most wanted by the ladies – a lot resisted it as the community’s (Beli Nothing Project) initiative is to declutter rather than collecting more stuff! The lady who took it came with some biscuits and old angpau papers.
In our store room, there were two stacks of chairs and so we decided to giveaway the brown stack. Two young girls came to collect them. They gave us homegrown brinjals and French beans in return.
We have this rattan hamper basket for some years. The hoarder me finally gave it away! I think the taker actually went through my facebook profile – and in return came with some princesses books and puzzle for the girls!
Two other small giveaways which we sent out by snail mail (for free – stamp cost) are a nursing cover and oil control films.
Besides these giveaways, I actually threw away a lot of old stuff. To clutter, we first need to declutter! The store room has more space now! The kitchen much cleaner! And more room at the book shelves to organize the books!
The third week now that I am maintaining my 2018 New Year resolution!
Today we did something different from our usual schedule (after school). We sent some food items to the charity collection box at Tesco Ara Damansara (I actually spotted the box last week when we were there).
I could actually do it alone with Nikki and Norrah; but I think the ‘activity’ makes more sense to Noelle – as in she will understand the reasons why we were donating these stuff!
I told her that there are plenty of unfortunate people (especially kids) out there that do not have any food to eat and rely on these giving. The main reason is to make her understand that she shouldn’t be wasting food; instead appreciate the food that I cook up for her! (But I still an advocate of understanding on hunger cues rather than forcing the food down.) While the programme suggests ‘buy from Tesco🙄 to donate’, we actually bought elsewhere – telling her we were maximizing our resources , I.e. when we get cheaper goods, we can buy more!
lo, biscuits, instant noodles (that was on their list🙄), coffee and sauces (some sauces are those I got sponsored for from Bidor Kwong – I checked they have not expired)!
We may not be able to do big things but we hope our small way will make a difference!
On another note, going to a supermarket after school hours is not a good idea at all – they especially Noelle ran like crazy! 🤦🏻♀️ and Nikki followed – she tumbled on the floor at one point and they stopped running after that. We actually get in just to get yogurts and mushroom🙄!
1. Cookie Monster – this was a ‘hand me down’ toy which unfortunately our girls don’t enjoy Sesame Street; so we decided to pass it on! And to my surprise, there are really many Cookie Monster’s fans – this was reserved and taken away within 2 hours of my posting (on a weekday)!
2. We also gave away two porcelain dolls to a lady collector! These dolls hailed from France – I think; really unfortunate that we don’t know how to appreciate them! The lady collected from us this morning. We actually went down our condo to pass it to her – and Noelle passed it to the lady saying ‘these are for you!’
3. Panasonic wireless phone – I think we got this years back from subscription to unifi! We don’t use a landline at home. The lady who collected it from us (She says that she is replacing her malfunctioned phone with this) actually gave us oranges in return! 😊😊 We certainly didn’t expect this!
4. I gave away one good quality maternity panty to an expecting friend. We had it posted via snail mail yesterday!
Love grows by giving. Our girls are really learning to give without expecting! I remember those days when Noelle was so ‘protective’ of our things that she will say ‘no’ to our ‘giving away’ to anyone. Today Noelle and Nikki are cool about giving away! At times, they will ask ‘who’s this for?’; ‘where’s the people?’ (When I tell them the person that collected the giveaways left); ‘are you giving away this to Aunty?’ and even ‘what’s her name?’ (Referring to the person who came).
And we don’t really bother about how these ‘strangers’ will make use of our giveaways. Even if they cash out, it is their choice – making use of the resources available to them. Again, we have a choice to preloved them – but it might be too tedious for me to handle at this moment. I love being stress free from handling other things (I have enough stress from my three girls! 🙄)
Noelle alone has ALOT of soft toys – first child ma! 😂 But since she was being diagnosed with allergy to dust mites and the skin specialist recommended that we only give her selected few soft toys – we actually packed most of her soft toys to the store room! There were a total of at least 4 big bags of soft toys! These minus the ones she has in the living room and bedroom – she has indeed ALOT! 🙄🙄
So, this week I told her that we are giving away some of her soft toys to/for charity! I told her to select those that she really wants to keep and those that she is willing to part with! She didn’t really make a big fuss about it! In fact, I felt that I had harder time to part away with my soft toys – the mini tweety birds!😝 (at the end, they were still in the store room!🙄🙄😂😂)
Together with a box of random books and clothes, we sent the soft toys to the recycle bin for charity in Tesco Ara Damansara! We actually did this before and she knew what to expect. She wanted to carry one of the bags to the bin herself; and she even waved goodbye to her toys! We did explain to her that these will be given to or cash out for the unfortunate kids/people!
I am a hoarder for books! 🙄🙄😂😂 So I ‘overcome’ myself by FINALLY giving away my university books to three recipients this week:
– one for the niece who is studying economics in Nottingham university
– one for voluntary teaching
– one for self development
We also gave away three new unused laptop bags to a man and a lady!
I am happy to have join this community ‘Beli Nothing Project (Malaysia); we do have many generous/charitable people around!
Actually I am very inspired by Rachael Kwacz’s advent kindness project that she did with Ella Grace in December 2017. The giving to strangers (I.e. paying the bill for a meal) really impressed me a lot!
So, I am helping/teaching our kids to give in our own way and capacity! Giving without expecting anything in return! Giving can be anytime too! So when we baked the cupcakes yesterday, I dropped Noelle at the guard house to give some cupcakes to our security guards – thanking them for looking after our place!
We can create our legacy in our own way…..
We finally engaged the couple to provide rainbow vacuum cleaning service on our two queen sized mattress! Actually they overlooked their schedule, and have to come today instead of last Thursday.
Two queen sized mattress plus all the pillows for RM100 in less than an hour (This is including transportation fee – which was free). They even helped me with vacuuming the grills and sides of the dusty cupboard! Seeing me with a toddler and an infant, they even offered to put the bedsheets for me😊 – but I declined! I actually left the pillows that we use to put beside the beds to prevent kids from knocking on the floor, by the side of the cupboard – no thoughts that they will help me vacuum it – but they did!
Dirt from older mattress
Overall, love their friendliness and top of the notch service! They are full time into this from Monday to Sunday! No hard sell (that’s most important to me). But I did ask advice on how frequent such vacuuming to be done. With small babies, advisable 3 months once and if just adults, twice a year! (This is beside the normal vacuuming and frequent change of bed sheets!)
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Also I am sticking to Michelle Tai’s (finally got mention her name 😂) suggestion on airing the room and putting the pillows under the sun!
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