I have written before about my quest to declutter our home in recent months. Less is more has been my philosophy for quite some time now, and it has caused me to rethink several areas of my life. I’m trying very hard to resist clearance rack clothing that will soon fall apart; we’ve gotten really into local toy swaps both for getting rid of outgrown items (and to acquire new toys), and I’ve unsubscribed to almost *all* marketing emails telling me about sales and coupons (aside from grocery stores) so I’m less tempted to buy things I don’t need. The one thing that has been a challenge? My kids’ birthdays. My sons are fortunate in that they have lots of people in their lives that care about them and want to give them birthday gifts. However, they simply do not need the number of gifts they receive from their friends and family. So, they donate birthday gifts to charity.