Decluttering: Free Yourself and Help Animals
In addition to the ridiculously gigantic piles of office supplies that have turned up—and look as if they are currently digesting my dining-room table—I have also realized that I am guilty of some serious animal rights–literature hoarding. It seems that the past 16 years of activism have left me with a plethora of leaflet bundles, books, and movies as well as multiple copies of vegetarian cookbooks.
A lot of good these materials are doing cooped up in cardboard boxes, right? If you, too, are looking to get your stagnant, dust-collecting literature back into action, the following are some ideas on how to get it moving (after you’ve wiped off the dust, of course):
• Donate books and magazines that are in good condition to your local library or community literacy programs.
• Make a delicious vegan dish for a friend, and give him or her one of your vegetarian cookbooks as a gift alongside it.
• Next time you go to the doctor, leave a copy of PETA’s Animal Times in the waiting room.
• Host vegan potlucks and screenings of the animal rights films you have lying around.
• Include PETA literature with every bill you pay, and place an animal rights sticker on the outside of the envelope.
• Post PETA literature on bulletin boards (it’s free).
• Stand on a busy street corner and pass out free PETA literature to passersby.
• If you have literature that has become outdated, get extra-creative and incorporate it into arts-and-crafts projects, such as collages and papier-mâché.
Freeing yourself from clutter will also help to free animals from suffering. What are you waiting for? Go get that dusty box out from under the couch!