31 Days to A Better Dressed Nest :: Day 1~ Give Something Away

Today, we are starting a new little series. Ok, so it’s not so little. It’s the biggest series I’ve ever attempted to do. And I’m more than a little afraid that I’ll get bored after 5 days of writing about this and want to move on.

31 Days to a Better Dressed Nest is a direct result of me reading and copying Darren from ProBlogger and his genius series, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. If you have a blog, it’s a vital read.

For the next 31 days {crosses fingers} we’ll discuss quick, easy ways that you can make your nest just a little better. There will be some days where we have two posts: one being a 31 days post and the other something else {like today, the giveaway winners were announced}. You can put up with me on Saturdays and Sundays for awhile, right? I hope as we gear up for the busy holiday season that by implementing these baby steps, we can come a little closer to having a home that serves its purpose, reflects what’s important to our family, and is a place of rest not chaos.

Let’s Nest!


Day 1: Give Something Away

Give something away. What? The path to a better dressed nest is to get rid of stuff? For free?

Yep. You just thought of that thing didn’t you. That thing someone gave you as a gift that’s not quite your style, you love it, but for some reason cannot use it in your home. Or maybe you purchased it yourself but you are not loving it. Tie a ribbon on it, put it in a special place or in your car, and the next time you see your friend that it will be perfect for, give it to her. You don’t have to pretend like you bought it for her. Tell her you can’t use it and if she can, great, if not, pass it on.

My sweet crystal chandelier is a direct result of someone not wanting something anymore, knowing I would love it, and caring enough to gift it to me. It’s one of my favorite things.

We have a tendency to want to hold onto great stuff even if we’ll never use it. Why not let someone actually enjoy it? You’ll feel good making someone’s day, and, clear some space in your own home for stuff you will actually use.

What are you giving away?


  1. Payal Parmar says

    Ohk.. I love this idea! Love the whole concept of this post plus what better than to give away? Bonus: we get karma :D

    Thank you so much, dear, please keep writing such wonderful articles for confused birdies like me who want to pamper their nests and beautify it but don’t know how to. Thanks so much and have a great year ahead…

    ..am gonna finish reading this series today :)

  2. I’m excited to begin your new series this year and wanted to check out the previous one. I’ll be working through this one during September ’10 before starting on the next in October. Excellent writing!

    I’m currently trying to give away a bunch of sealed diapers I found over the weekend in my daughter’s closet. Go Freecycle!

  3. Please tell me you plan to do this again. I missed it last year and it sounds awesome.


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