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2/7/20 3:41 P

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I just decided yesterday that I was ready! That I really, really,really wanted to get organized! I hope the motivation lasts!

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

Never give up what you want the MOST for what you want at the MOMENT!


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1/25/20 9:49 P

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“If it doesn’t make you feel fabulous:
Don’t do it,
Don’t buy it,
Don’t wear it,
Don’t eat it,
Don’t keep it.”
~unknown~

“Know that you can make a difference in the world by being true to yourself,
and moving in the direction of your dreams!”

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

Never give up what you want the MOST for what you want at the MOMENT!


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9/30/19 1:56 A

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Please join any or all of my challenges for October!

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9/28/19 11:56 A

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The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

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9/18/19 11:36 P

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If the prospect of simplifying seems uninspired, boring, or too small a gesture to address the chaos that lives in your home, head, or heart, consider this scientific fact: When you reduce a task into smaller, doable steps, and repeat the task, you effectively bypass fight-or-flight triggers in the brain and rewire it. Over time this reduces internal clutter, noise, and overwhelm for good.

Taking a simpler, baby-step approach to life ultimately makes it possible for us to accomplish a whole lot more! And a whole lot more means a richer, more inspired, and more spacious life.

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

Never give up what you want the MOST for what you want at the MOMENT!


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9/7/19 10:21 P

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9/2/19 11:49 P

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My goal for this week is to get my new kitchen faucet installed. The trick is to get the old one out! Also feel great about the goals I have set for September!
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7/21/19 10:20 P

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I hope you have a great week and reach all your goals. And you may as well have a little inspiration for the start of your week....have a wonderful week and a Sparktacular Sunday!!

emoticon S -- Say something nice to someone!
emoticon U -- Undo a wrong you might have done to someone!
emoticon N -- Notice and give thanks for all the things in life we take for granted everyday!
emoticon D -- Don't give up when things go badly!
emoticon A -- Ask others for help if you need it!
emoticon Y -- You can accomplish anything!!!!
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And the 3rd Sunday in July is "Ice Cream Day" so thought the sundaes for Sunday was a great idea!

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7/14/19 4:35 P

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Trying to get rid of stuff to make the cooking for the harvest crew easier, need to replace the ceiling fan, want to donate to the senior center rummage sale. Those are my motivators for this coming week.

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

Never give up what you want the MOST for what you want at the MOMENT!


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5/11/18 2:33 P

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Today what is motivating me to get more done in the kitchen is the fact that it's getting harder to cook with all the clutter and in order to stick with the plan, I need to be able to do the prep and cook...that's where the stopping off for fast food starts...when the food is not ready to eat when I am hungry. Will not let that happen.

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4/28/18 5:14 P

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What inspired me today was the idea that I want to enter into a really busy summer feeling good about opening up my door. I want to feel good when I come home instead of frustrated and ashamed and embarrassed and angry. I'd like to be able to invite people in.

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3/13/18 2:05 A

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Currently pulling items for Habitat for Humanity- Restore. Home decor, pictures, furniture, TV trays etc. Good quality stuff and a great organization. What inspires me? I want to move in the next few years and not carry old and current baggage. This includes both stuff and my current weight.

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3/9/18 4:02 P

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There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving...and that's yourself. ~ Aldous Huxley

I really need to make myself just get busy. I need to move from thought to action.

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2/19/18 9:58 P

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I started working in the pantry cupboards yesterday and threw out a lot of spices...certain odd kinds I bought for a special recipe and never used again-like garam masala? And combined several open bottles of the same kind. Also threw out some cake mixes and that kind of thing that were past the expiration date and put others in the box to take to the church pantry.

I put several pans, cookie sheets and casserole dishes in a box to take to the rummage at the senior center. Now in the next cupboard today I rounded up a lot of pans and things I have used and loved in the past for large parties, catering, etc. I have some stored in the basement but these, I have simply 'overlooked them' for about 3 years? Only 1 pan that I use occasionally for my harvest cooking job in the summer. The rest are all going to find a new home. Can't believe how much space this has freed up????

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1/27/18 11:22 P

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Sure feels wonderful to me!! And motivates me to just keep going. Although I am going to have the snow and horrible cold wind fighting me to get the stuff to the dumpster or the car for donation. Will work to not let that stop me from making every day progress!

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1/27/18 8:46 A

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That is wonderful! emoticon

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

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1/26/18 12:35 P

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I have been really motivated by getting through the plumber visit without having a nervous breakdown. I was so freaked out about what he would think and what he would say and who he would tell. Then, after he left I thought, "See, that wasn't SO bad" I feel stupid for putting it off for so long. I have had plenty of time to get the mess cleaned up but spent time reading, playing computer games, anything to keep from doing what I knew needed to be done.

Now that I have started and the sky didn't fall I feel like I can keep going and getting more and more spaces cleaned up. I love how sparkly it is where I have done the floors, walls and ceiling! That also is motivating me.

There was a feeling of disgust, but I just rolled with it and kept on cleaning!

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3/31/17 10:23 P

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That is great!! emoticon we've got a handy man who can cart away our stuff, if I can't get to goodwill with it.

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

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3/31/17 9:19 P

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This 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge has really helped me with decluttering. I can't say why it has motivated me in ways that other things haven't, but it's sure great to take out a bag of stuff-or 2 or 3-every day. Don't get me wrong, I still have a ton of clutter to get through but I have been making a dent every single day and that has never happened to me before!

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2/16/17 3:18 P

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Yes, I felt trapped too for a while. I am fighting to not feel trapped again.

Books are the best! There was an store in my old neighborhood that I would sell books to. Whatever they didn't buy I'd leave at their back door for others to get books for free. The store was okay with that. I got some good free books that way. Certain books I will keep.

I was surprised I got rid of so many books a few years back. The city told me to put them in the recycler ...I was too sick to get out so that is what I did. People go through the trash and take what they want anyway.

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." Thomas Edison


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2/16/17 2:15 P

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I think the treats I give myself are books and baths. I spent 2 1/2 hours yesterday in the tub. I soaked in epsom salts and eucalyptus to help my knee and to ease some sinus congestion and washed and conditioned my hair, it's long straight hair so I comb the conditioner through...amazing how much I lose every day? And shaved and pumiced and all those things. Like a little spa day, just for me.

I'm a binge reader every single day. I have gotten rid of a ton of books but have a ton more to get rid of. I am interested in all kinds of strange things and when I see a book or ten about it, I just pick it up. Now understand that I buy books at rummage sales and thrift stores...very rarely pay retail for a book...except the current one by David Baldacci! I also get a ton of stuff for a hobby that might interest me...like calligraphy or magic tricks. I buy the stuff and then never even open it. That is the stuff that I was talking about boxing up and wrapping to give myself. I'd really like to do both, just never get around to it. I've let the clutter keep me trapped, so I don't want to deal with it so can just bury myself in a book!

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2/15/17 11:53 P

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Reading through this thread....I was happier when I had less stuff too. Less stuff to clean. I hope I continue to resist buying stuff.

Sis is still buying, including stuff for me I don't need. I told her today to please stop and save her money. I tell her that often. I told her that I am overwhelmed with stuff and I don't need anything.

I am going to start giving away what she gets me. She gets me multiples of stuff, but I don't need it and don't have a home for it. A steady flow comes through the door and about 70 percent of it we don't need.

I am fighting my own hoarding tendencies, and living with a hoarder. Life gets interesting.

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

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I think it is nice to keep certain days that we are not worrying about decluttering. I used to love reading. I go through periods of ripping through books (binge reading) and then other times you couldn't pay me to read a book.

I have to keep my sense of humor about things. I worked so hard today, and didn't see too much difference. There is a difference though and less dust in the room! I am still too hard on myself.

I am trying to aim for progress. I am tired of decluttering houses though. First my house, and then my sister's places. I had to retire due to illness, and I really wished I was doing more than working in the house. I've been decluttering various places for about three years now. I am tired of doing it, but hopefully, I can get this wrapped up. Then, I can do just normal housework and maintenance.

I decided that I need to go out more. I vow to check out the arboretum nearby. That can be a treat to reward myself for my work.

What sort of treats do you give yourself?

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

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2/15/17 8:09 P

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emoticon emoticon I think the key is that you have to find a way that works for you. All the reading material is great. Some stuff makes sense and other stuff would never work for me. I berate myself for spending too much time reading instead of doing but I think it helps me. I have to keep things out too! That's why no one system will work for everyone. I thought that FLYlady had some good stuff but that shiny sink and shoes and makeup was a failure every day so made me feel worse about myself, no matter how much decluttering I had done.

I go in fits and starts. Some daze it's just too hard to get started. Other daze I set the timer and when it goes off I continue working for a few more hours.

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

Never give up what you want the MOST for what you want at the MOMENT!


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What motivates me is to start very small, dejunk and dust one table in the bedroom for example.

I have to pep talk myself a lot and try to stay positive in my endeavors. It is easy to not take pride in what I've accomplished. I figured out that I end a session by berating myself or by telling myself the other tasks I have to do.

Reading the material through this team is helping overcome the bad talk cycle.

I also have to realize that I organize differently than some. As long as my organization works for me, then it is a good system. I have important items out, not stored away. That's my ADD.

The difference is that I am making a place the stuff I am keeping, and getting rid of the rest.

My house will never be as neat as some peeps houses, but that is okay. My goal is to continue getting rid of stuff in closets, so that we can store our good coats there and only keep the coats we are currently using on the coat rack. I am also going to get rid of old linens, and old brick a brack stored in the buffet.

Then, I will organize the kitchen better. Then continue working on the den. The den is almost done. Sis dumps her stuff there so it may never be "done" ...lol!

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." Thomas Edison


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There's no one who has dealt with the challenges you've faced, overcome the obstacles you've survived, learned the lessons you've learned and been given the opportunities that you now have. You do have an important mission that includes goals to achieve and problems to solve. But you also have gifts, wisdom and compassion to share. And the great thing about your mission and your sharing is that they go hand in hand. The timing couldn't be better.
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Getting stuff packed up to take to it's new home...where it should have gone long ago. That is inspiring me to move from thought to action. Getting rid of lots of things I bought for someone else. That is inspiring me!

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

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8/6/16 1:32 P

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Here is another article from the same site Julia posted today.


"Joshua Becker, the author of The More of Less"

"Joshua Becker is the author of , a book that inspires others to find more life by owning less stuff. He is also the Founder and Editor of Becoming Minimalist."
"A simplified, uncluttered life comes with its fair share of benefits: less to clean and organize, less stress, more money, and more energy for things that matter.

But many people get stumped about where to begin. The mere mention of decluttering makes them feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated.

The decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. In fact, with the right attitude and method, it can become an enjoyable process for nearly everyone.

Give some of these 12 creative ways to declutter your home a try:
1. Give yourself five solid minutes.

Set a timer and see how much you can declutter in five-minute increments. Clear a counter, a shelf, or a drawer. Give it a shot—you might be surprised by how much you can accomplish in such a short amount of time.
2. Give away one item each day.

In doing so, you’d remove 365 things from your home over the course of a year. Take pictures of the items and post them on social media. To make it more challenging, remove two things every day or incrementally increase the number each day.
3. Fill one box/bag.

Grab an empty box and see how quickly you can fill it for Goodwill. You’ll probably be wishing you’d used a bigger box once the whole process is over and your space feels refreshed.
4. Try a closet hanger experiment.

Turn all your clothes hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it with the hanger facing the correct direction. In three months, you’ll have a clearer picture of which clothes you wear and which ones you don’t.
5. Make a list.

Create a list of places in your home to declutter, starting with the easiest. When you’re done with one area, stop. Celebrate. And commit to tackling the next area at a later date.
6. Try the 12-12-12 Challenge.

Quickly locate 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home. On more than one occasion, this challenge became a quick competition between my wife, my kids, and me.
7. Change your perspective.

Start changing the way you think about clutter. Take photos of your rooms, invite over a toddler, or ask the boss to meet in your office. These actions cause us to see our things in a new light.
8. Experiment with less.

My new book, The More of Less, has an entire chapter dedicated to challenging our assumptions by experimenting with less. For example, Project 333 encourages people to wear only 33 articles of clothing for three months. You can adjust the rules as necessary, but the important thing is to challenge yourself for a brief period of time to see what you learn.
9. Use your imagination.

Ask yourself questions like, “If I was buying this now, how much would I pay?” or, “If I was moving into a smaller home tomorrow, would I take this object?” These creative techniques can be helpful for someone having a difficult time removing clutter.
10. Ask yourself why.

When decluttering a room, start with the question, “Do I need this?” Then, add a second question with each item you touch: “Why do I own this?” The answers that come up might surprise you, and they’ll provide valuable insight about what to keep and what to remove.
11. Try the Four-Box Method.

Enter a room with four boxes: trash, give away, keep, and relocate. Next, place every item from that room into one of the four categories—don’t skip over any items.
12. Set physical boundaries.

When it comes to kids’ stuff, establish clear physical boundaries they can see. For example: Toys must fit along the wall, in this toy box, or on those shelves. As their stuff begins to extend beyond those established boundaries, empower your children to make decisions about what to keep and what to remove.

No matter which method you choose to get started, take your first step with excitement. There is a beautiful world of freedom and fresh breath hiding beneath your clutter. How you remove it is up to you." www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24901/12-cre
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PROVERBS31JULIA posted a link to this article and I thought it was so great I copied and will paste it here...plus will check out the other 'recommended reads' on the same page!


"Marie Kondo's book 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up' didn't go gangbusters for no reason. People are drowning in their stuff, and it's having a major impact on their lives.

From a feng shui perspective, it's obvious why decluttering is picking up so much buzz. The practice believes that symbolism is the name of the game and our homes represent our lives. One of my colleagues, Carol Olmstead, teaches that our homes are, in essence, "3-D vision boards." Therefore, every item that you own plays a role in crafting your life.

With that being said, it's clearly a good idea to be vigilant about what you choose to keep in your space. If you can find the strength to live with less, you may just experience the most transformative "therapy" of your life.

Here are four reasons that a decluttering session is akin to time in the therapist's chair:
1. Decluttering is a way to process your past.

Think about it. Every item you own has a story. Your aunt who passed away last year made you that ratty blanket. You bought that one dress to celebrate when your mother found out she was cancer-free. Your best friend gave you that purse for your 30th birthday, and you'd secretly had your eye on it for months — a beautiful synchronicity. If you can "face" all the stories of your life long enough to let them go, you are more likely to have clarity in moving forward.
2. Decluttering is a way to tune into your inner joy.

Marie Kondo introduced the brilliant concept of asking if each item in your home sparks joy. This question cuts straight to the chase; after all, isn't it the reason we do anything? Because we think it will bring more happiness? If you can determine which items bring you joy in your home, you'll be better equipped to determine which friends, jobs, and partners bring you joy outside your front door.
3. Decluttering can help you trust yourself to make decisions.

Clutter represents delayed decisions. When you sit down with every single item that you own and get past all you have been avoiding to make a decision on whether you keep it or let it go, it's extremely empowering. It's a way of conquering quiet and nagging fears about your ability to make sound choices.
4. Decluttering is a way to uncover deep psychological patterns.

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It was going to be the hottest day so far on Saturday and since I had the smoked charcoal colored patio cover installed I swear it's 20 degrees warmer in the kitchen. So I thought how stupid it was that I bought a new portable a/c last year and had not installed it YET!! I had to move a pile of clothes and gifts-lots still new in the bags-to get to the a/c and the window. That took about 45 minutes and it took me about 5 to install the a/c and get it up and cooling away. It was easy peasy and I hate it that I'm so lazy that I waited until it was so sweaty hot I just couldn't stand it. So much easier to be reading a book or playing a computer game than getting busy doing my chores! But I'm thrilled with the results and now it will be much cooler and hopefully I will be inspired to work in that room to get the stuff put away!

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I thought your son-in-law was willing to help you? In our rural community you can't find someone no matter how much you are paying. I've had some really bad and some really discouraging attempts so resigned to doing it myself! Even tried a church youth group earlier this spring and they were, for the most part, worthless.

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MONTANAWALKER my problem is I cant do the moving and remodeling or fixing and have no one who will help me. So glad you can do it.

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trying to make my family happy with me

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“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” ~M. Scott Peck

Thank you for the sunshine goodie and this wonderful quote! I am a follower of M. Scott Peck!
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I'm with you on the bathroom and also kitchen carpeting. Who ever thought THAT was a good idea. Oh, yeah?! My mom. She just had new kitchen carpet tiles glued down last summer. I have NO carpet in my side. When she is gone I will rip out the funky carpets and just pray that beautiful hardwoods are underneath as that is what my side of the duplex has!

Great that your SIL will help you with tile. I think part of the reason I get so frustrated is because I can't find anyone to do the repairs and remodeling projects and end up having to do them myself. I CAN, I just don't want to do them anymore. Way too hard on my old knees and my lower back.

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What motivates me right now is wanting my grandsons to be able to come over to my house and be clean and safe. They are 3 months and 2 years. If I get it cleaned up my son-n-law will help me put tile in my bathroom floor. That floor is awful. Why anyone would put carpet in a bathroom is beyound me. I bought it that way.

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I realized today that the happiest I was in my life was when I was young and didn't own much and was free to leave any time I was bored or seeking new adventures. I used to laugh and tell people I about this line I heard in a movie. The woman says she has a disease called White Enamel Phobia. The other woman asks her what that is. She says, "Fear of owning a major appliance." I used to be able to fit everything I owned in the back seat and trunk of my Datsun B210!

I was also thinking of a friend during that time who said he wished he could just pack up and go whenever the fancy struck. How brave he thought I was for just cleaning out my bank account and heading off to some new place on the map just 'knowing' I could get a job in a day or two. I dashed his hopes by telling him that he had investments in art and rugs and things he could not just leave behind on a whim. He was tied into his home and his community in a way that I envied but was not ready to live. He still lives in the same house and married and raised kids there and he's been at the same job for over 40 years. Comparing his life to mine I think I've had way more fun but I still kind of envy him the security. Yet I am longing in my soul to get rid of all the stuff so I can hit the road and seek out new adventures and see new places. It's making the decluttering much easier!

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I have gotten so much out of "The Hoarder in You" and the idea of concentrating on 'the Greater Good" when I feel like buying more stuff. In "It's All Too Much" he also talks about looking at the bigger picture of what you really want your life to be. And I kind of had an epiphany and decided that I do not want to live in this hoarder heaven anymore. I'm sick and tired of all the stuff and all the mess and all the stress and anxiety that it causes me. I think I have finally hit rock bottom. I want to be able to have people over. I want to feel safe and secure and happy in my own home. I am so excited to have a whole week without my mom next door looking on and making snarky comments and me feeling like I can't work late into the night so I don't wake her up.

That's why using "Greater Good" works well when I'm feeling anxious. I had such a good day today. Had to get up early and take my mom and her friend down to the airport to catch their plane for Seattle so they could get on their cruise ship Saturday morning. I had to go to Barnes&Noble and pick up my copy of "The Hoarder in You" that I had ordered. I spent over an hour looking through the books, especially the clearance tables and some great gifty items and thinking I should get some stuff for Christmas since it was on sale and all that. But you know what I bought???????????? "The Hoarder in You". That's all!! I had money in my pocket and an idea in my head but I resisted the temptation. I have a ton of books to go through and get rid of and some of them still in my car that have not made it into the house!!
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We only have WalMart and a local IGA grocery store so I stopped in at the big Smith's Food King to see how much they wanted for fresh fennel. It wasn't marked so I had to ask the produce mgr to find out the price. I love Smith's. They have a great natural/health food section and good prices on vitamins and always lots of things on sale. The fennel was organic so it was $4.29. I figured I could do better across town on my way out of town since Albertson's had it for $2.99 about 3 weeks ago when I bought it while I was down there taking my mom to get her pacemaker installed. So I went through lots and lots of aisles and even thought about getting some star gazer lilies for one of my mom's friends and making her a nice bouquet. Guess what I bought??????? NOTHING!!!

I didn't stop at Big Lots, the Dollar General, Ross, Target (and I wanted to go to Target for this essential oil that they didn't have at Smith's) or any of those other stores but headed right to TJMaxx to return a suitcase I had bought for my mom. It was too big and she didn't want it and I don't need another one. So I returned it. I looked at lots of stuff. I bought some essential oils I was looking for in the health food section of Smith's and they were much cheaper at TJ's. I bought some University of Montana socks to use as Christmas presents because they were the perfect gift for 6 people on my list and I figured they would sell out fast. I didn't buy any cups, dishes, kitchenware, linens, clothes or shoes. Oh, I did buy a big plastic planter/container. It was on clearance for $10 so I was kind of into the 'sales price' but also had been unable to find one in this size and have a plant that really needs to go into it! I saw some really good deals on shoes but I have not even taken the 6-10 pair, seriously, I don't know how many I bought?? out of the trunk of my car so I could NOT get more shoes, no matter how cute or cheap. I broke one of the two salad bowls at my mom's a couple of weeks ago so was looking at those. Thought, "Oh, get a grip! There are plenty of other bowls and I have beautiful brand-new salad plates at my house that I have only washed and put away and never used." "Big picture/Greater Good".
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It was nearing 3:00 and I still hadn't eaten so I thought I'd stop by and see one of my oldest, dearest friends and see if he wanted me to pick up Chinese or something and bring it over. I don't have a cell phone so couldn't just call. He is handicapped and only in a wheelchair now so going out or having him meet me was not an option. When I pulled into the parking lot at his building he was out sunning himself. Said he had eaten lunch so didn't want food but really wanted to visit. So I went up to his apartment and we talked until 5:30. I still had a 2 hour drive on a 2-lane road on Friday night with all the campers/boaters and big trucks moving harvest equipment. But it was worth it visiting him. Decided to treat myself to Chinese at my favorite place but only order 1 entree. I usually get 4 and then eat the leftovers for a couple of daze. They were closed for remodeling!
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I cruised the aisles to see if there was any other produce I couldn't live without. I also like their variety and selection and prices. But the only thing I got was 4 big cans of dog food, 1 big bag of doggie bones for GeeGee, and 3 little bags of doggie bones for Gus and Grace! That's it!!! No produce to spoil in the frig, no spices I probably already have. I had decided a couple of weeks ago that I couldn't buy any more grocery items until I had gone through all the cupboards and thrown out the dated stuff and stuff I was never going to use. So I kept my promise to myself about that. A couple things I actually had to put back on the shelf but I did not bring them home! I skipped my favorite bakery, favorite pizza place and got a salad and a couple of chicken legs at the deli and headed for home!!

I was so proud of myself. I can't even begin to tell you how good it felt to not just buy stuff because I was there, it was cute, I had the money, I liked it, I wanted it but I resisted! I was reading in "It's All Too Much" last night in the part where he talks about setting the date and getting busy. He said to make a date, plan to eat pizza for dinner and take out so you don't have to stop to fix a meal. I thought that was great advice...but I was thinking that since my mom is gone I could invite over a couple of my friends and fix them a nice dinner and serve it at her house. NO!!~ I need to stay on task and get a bunch of things moved out of the garage and rearrange the rooms and furniture and take a ton of stuff to the garbage and have the Salvation Army pick up a load of furniture and take several bags of stuff to the giveaway house. I was going to pack them in the car and take them down next Saturday when I go pick up my mom but decided to just donate them locally instead.

I am feeling really good about this upcoming week and how much I can accomplish. I am not thinking it is going to be easy AT ALL. I know it will be stressful and I will have to resist the temptation to sleep late or read. When I got home there was a message and the neighbors want me to take care of their cat on Sat&Sun while they take their kids across the state to spend a week or so with the grandparents. I told them no problem. I was taking care of the house and cat over the 4th of July weekend and a huge grass fire started on the property by some idiots with fireworks so I spent most of the night of the 4th of July checking to make sure it was out and did not restart!! Last year hail, this year fire, maybe next year earthquake??

They are hoarders too. When I told Darren that my plan was to be home all week except for my Tuesday afternoon shift at the senior center (and I turned down 4 extra 4 hour shifts even though they begged!!) and having to report for Jury Duty on Thursday morning. He said that was also part of their plan while the kids were gone...to declutter. To resist the outside chores and just get busy inside. I should loan them the books???

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"And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, "This is important! and this is important! and this is important! You need to worry about this! and this! and this!" And each day it is up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, "No. this is important."

~Ian Thomas~

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I tried the rummage sale to get rid of some of my stuff but it broke my heart and was just too hard. I hated some of the people "I'll give you 50 cents?"?!!! I have set aside 5 boxes of books that I think would make good money on amazon but I don't DO amazon. My friend in Oregon said to just bring them when I come (at the end of harvest this year) and she will sell them for me and show me how to do that. I even have a friend here who said she would do the shipping for me and wants me to learn to do it in Oregon so we can do it here. As much as I would like to do that and it seems tempting I keep hearing a little voice in the back of my head saying "It's just another excuse to keep stuff or even buy more stuff that seems like a good deal" and I worry. Yes, Worry is one of my best late-night friends! So I'm glad that it worked out for SNOWJADE and she is happy. SPARKL was so disappointed that 2 boxes of books only brought $24 and I could totally relate to that feeling. Like when my stuff is 'judged' it is worthless and all this time I thought it was priceless.

Yesterday I was supposed to be putting in MY window air conditioner. The people next door showed up to clean out the apt they have just sold. Their sister who lived there died 6 years ago Memorial Day? Anyhoo, my mom wanted a bookcase and they kept giving me all kinds of other things, some I had purchased to help out the traveling CNA and her family that rented there briefly last fall (whole 'nother story). So I spent time I should have been working on my own chores, doing chores for others. I had to haul all this stuff either to my mom's or out through her house to the back to go to the garage. Needless to say, it was brutal hot at my house last night and since I had taken off the storm window and there was no screen or air conditioner I couldn't open the windows.
So today I have to haul stuff to the giveaway house and the other stuff into the garage but I'm doing my a/c FIRST!!

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BY SOFO ARCHON

What does it mean to live simply?

This is not an easy question to answer, since a “simple life” is understood differently by every person.

For me, to live simply means to let go of all that is unnecessary and stick to the essential, make room in your life for what truly matters to you, spend quality time doing what you are passionate about and be with people you love being with, and, most importantly, find mental clarity and achieve a state of inner peace, so that you can live in happiness, enjoy every moment and be grateful for your life’s wonderful journey.

To live simply, however, is not as simple as it might at first seem. In fact, in the chaotic world that we have created and have been brought up, it can be quite difficult. Our traditions, habits, and overall conditioning prevent us from finding simplicity, and it takes much effort on our part to master the art of living simply.

Now you might ask: “How can I simplify my life?”

If you are interested to simplify your life but don’t know how to achieve it, the following guide might come in handy.

A Practical Guide to Simplifying Your Life

1. Stop buying stuff you don’t need

Having grown up in a materialistic society, most of us have been conditioned by our environment — especially by manipulative advertising — to always want to buy new things in order to feel well and happy, regardless of whether we actually benefit from them or not.

Thus, we spend big amounts of money buying stuff that in fact only leave us poorer, unfulfilled, and thirsty to acquire more things.

By consuming less you will find more economic and emotional freedom, and you will have more time and energy to pursue what truly makes your heart pulsate with joy and happiness.

2. Create a stress-free living space

Many of us have been used to collecting things upon things to such an extent that we end up filling the space we live in with items that we don’t need and never use.

As a result, our perception is filled with countless distractions, which are negatively influencing us on a psychological level, confusing and agitating our mind.

In order to create more space in your life, experience less stress and find more clarity, let go of those things that you don’t need by throwing them away — or better, give them away to people who might truly need and benefit from them.

3. Say NO to letting others dictate your life

From a very young age, we’ve learned to conform. We’ve learned to blindly follow others, believe in things we have no knowledge on, and walk on ready-made paths created by others for us, out of our insecurity that if we don’t do so, we’ll be abandoned by those around us.

Living this way, however, we suppress ourselves in all sorts of ways, thus making our lives immensely complicated and filling our psyche with tremendous suffering.

From now on, stop saying yes when you feel like saying no, doubt tradition, question your belief systems, and be sure to do what you love doing as well as create and walk on your own path, without trying to live up to other’s expectations.

4. Surround yourself with positive people

Buddha is said to have uttered the following words:

“If you cannot find a good companion to travel with, walk alone, like an elephant roaming the jungle. It is better to be alone than to be with those who will hinder your progress.”

We are all deep down social beings, but that doesn’t mean we should spend our lives with any people we happen to find ourselves with.

If your circle of friends consists of negative people, then I assure you that your life will sooner or later become extremely complicated, full of negativity and problems. On the other hand, if your friends have an uplifting spirit and a positive mindset, they will help you grow into the best version of yourself and bring more peace and happiness into your life.

So choose your friends carefully.

5. Turn off your TV

If you want to simplify your life, a very good step to achieving that is putting an end to watching television.

Television fills us with distractions, lies, fear and confusion, and, by continuously making us focus all of our attention on superficial matters, it programs us to live passively and neglect what is truly important in life.

One of the easiest yet best things you can do to improve the quality of your life is to decide to stop watching TV and instead carefully select where you get your information and entertainment from. The change in your life will be tremendous: you’ll start spending your time much more creatively and productively, and find more mental clarity, joy, and peace.

6. Creatively express yourself

Suppressing our feelings and emotions is the main way we complicate our lives, and finding ways to creatively express ourselves can be very soul-liberating.

The majority of people have been conditioned by society to do everything but what truly allows them to spontaneously express themselves. Naturally, suppressing themselves in all kinds of ways, they accumulate negative energy in their psyche that is burdening them and preventing them from celebrating life.

In order to unburden yourself from all your suppressed emotional baggage, be sure to start spending more of your time expressing yourself by doing what you truly enjoy — it doesn’t really matter what exactly that is, as long us it helps you experience a state of inner peace and harmony.

7. Spend more of your time in nature

Living in chaotic cities of concrete, immersed in the stress of modern living, most people feel drained and confused, not having much energy left to beplayful, creative, and focus on what truly gives meaning and purpose to their lives. Their lives are immensely complicated, and they are feeling trapped in the hustles and bustles of big cities.

To live simply means to live naturally, and what is a better way to live naturally than coming closer to nature? Scientific research has actually proven again and again the healing power of spending time in nature: it can help make you feel less stressed, more focused, calmer, happier and at peace with yourself and others.

From now on, be sure to spend as much time as you can everyday in the company of nature and reap the amazing benefits of it.

8. Keep your body healthy

You might be wondering now: “What does keeping your body healthy have to do with simplifying your life?” Well, let me tell you.

Your body is the vehicle you are using on Earth to experience and navigate life. Keeping it healthy means that you will not need to waste your time and energy trying to deal with the complications that physical dis-ease brings, and instead be able to focus on what truly matters to you. In addition, since the body and the mind are intimately connected, keeping your body healthy will also be benefiting your psychological health.

In order to keep your body healthy, be sure to eat a big variety of organic plant-based foods and stop taking into your physical organism garbage that mess up with it, such as animal-derived and processed foods. Moreover, remember to exercise your body on a daily basis, whether by walking, swimming, weightlifting, or any other way you prefer.

9. Practice mindfulness

Lastly yet most importantly, learn how to cultivate a state of mindfulness, and you will be able to live much more simply, without the worries and concerns most people have.

Mindfulness means not dwelling in the past or dreaming about the future, but being focused on the present moment, fully experiencing every single moment and savoring what life brings on your way. Mindfulness also means less conflicting thoughts, and hence less stress and suffering.

There are many meditation methods or techniques that can help you cultivate mindfulness. Try them out, find the ones that benefit you most, and keep on practicing them on a regular basis, and I assure you that your life will be completely transformed.


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I am absolutely incensed at the comments on my recent blog by some woman who is 'organized'. How arrogant, obnoxious and ignorant. I admit that I know the reason my reading is an addiction is because it interferes with all the other areas of my life. So I go read her blog and am horrified to see that she is posting pictures of a hoarder garage. Does she do this with permission of the person she is 'helping'? And she has to increase her hourly rate? This is the reason that so many hoarders do not seek help. Even the comments from her blog readers show that not many people understand what we go through.

I won't let it stop me in my progress but it sure makes me angry! Please don't let the people who don't get it ruin your day or your progress.

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The marathon phone call with my best friend and hearing how her hoarder brother is making huge life changes and thinking, "if he can do it, I can do it". Love the article Lou recommended that defines 'dated clutter' and 'current clutter.' Made a lot of sense and helped to inspire me!! I wrote a much more detailed blurb about it in different thread! Gotta go get some 'dated clutter' moved!

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Wanting to 'get back to normal'!

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The thought of someone coming over always makes me panic but still get at least the area around the door cleared out!!

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Appreciating the Journey by Peggy W.

Posted: 16 Mar 2016 08:00 AM PDT

You may have cleared a drawer, a room, or a house. So, now when you look around you at that peaceful space you have created, there is a new quiet. Maybe it feels a little uncomfortable because it was chaotic for so long. Maybe it feels too sparse but you are not sure what it needs. What it needs is appreciation!

Please first thank yourself for all your efforts, decisions, trips to the donation center. Maybe think about the challenges you faced and how great it felt to find solutions. Then you might think about…

…how the items you passed along will help others.
…how you won’t be leaving a mess for someone else to take care of when you are gone.
…how you got to the job before you could no longer do it.
…how you made your own life easier because now you know what you have and where it is and…
…how that can help you avoid buying duplicates.

Maybe you have learned that you don’t need stuff in every flavor. You may also have influenced someone else to think about their clutter.

Next you might think about how you can maintain your peaceful space. Can you still shop? I have cautiously added certain items to my household during my decluttering mission. These items were more affordable to me because I haven’t been buying indiscriminately any more. Before decluttering, I thought I had to have choices in everything – shampoos, body washes, linens, etc. That created many space-hogging duplicates in my household, as well as a dent in my wallet!

Do you have the right habits to prevent future clutter? You worked so hard to get your space in order. Maybe you can think of manageable ways to keep it that way. I run around before bedtime, putting things where they belong. I also try to remember if I’m going up or down the stairs to take something with me that needs to go up or down. I shop cautiously after thinking about my needs and wants. I get very specific in my mind about what qualities I’m looking for in an item. These habits work for me, but might not be the right ones for you.

Whenever you reach your maintenance phase, it’s time to take all that time you save by not shopping and not searching for missed belongings and do something fun! A lot of minimalism writers envision learning a language or a musical instrument or writing a novel. That is just way over the top for me. I’m thinking more “Gee, I could actually sit and look out the window… watch the squirrels and birds… drink my coffee slowly… maybe I will work on the budget later”. (I like working on the budget). Then I am sitting in my peaceful space without a pile of chores related to stuff.

What will you do with all the time you are saving?

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For us to release the stress and stuff we’ve been carting around forever, we need to shift our mindset away from the idea of effort, struggle, or “getting rid of.”

For clearing to be easy, fun, and lasting, we need to undo the notion that we need to “do.”

In the end, it’s not about the mismatched socks, the mountains of paper and store catalogues teetering your desk, or the to-do tasks that never get done…

It’s not about the juggling of a million things all at once, the fact that you’re not getting enough sleep, or have zero time for your self…

It’s not about your family that doesn’t pitch in to help out, your crazy boss, or your neighbor’s dog that barks all night…

It’s not about fixing something, managing, getting rid of…

It’s not about what you observe as a problem, or the desired outcome.

Clearing is not about any of those things.

Here’s what clearing is:

Clearing is an opportunity to bring compassionate awareness to the places in your home and life that are out of balance.
Clearing is a journey that can be messy, and meandering; a journey that doesn’t always add up, make sense, or go in a straight line.
Clearing is a daily practice that starts where you are.

The real goodies with clearing is in how you embrace the gucky stuff that arises when you clear: your attachments, fears, overwhelm, confusions, stucknesses…

“Embracing” – as in tuning in to how you feel without judging the feelings as bad.

Or taking them personally.

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“… We have to let go of our stuff. But we don’t, or at least we don’t want to. This is a serious spiritual issue, this clinging. We may be able to give up lovers, Facebook friends . . . even our waistlines, but do not, do not, ask us to give up the three photographs taken of us in 1996 when we looked like Kate Moss on a good day. The trouble is, these things we surround ourselves with can start to drive everything else in our lives. Our technology requires updates. Our works of art demand insurance policies. We need new shelves to hold our growing collection of vegan cookbooks—who knew there were so many good ones out there?

Added up, objects become clutter. Clutter becomes noise. And noise—in all of its forms—blocks spiritual growth, starting with an inability to simply feel happy. Happiness needs quiet. If we watch, we’ll feel its presence when we are meditating, watching the sun set, or maybe rocking the almost sleeping baby. The more noise, the harder it is for happiness to show her face…

… It’s just stuff. The happiest person I have ever known was an elderly monk living up in the mountains of Korea. Everything he owned was in his room: robes, a tea set, a futon, a hat, tea, his sandals. Not only was he deliriously happy, giving off waves of giddy energy, but his room was incredibly beautiful in its simplicity. He allowed sunlight, and moonlight, to act as artists’ brushes, emphasizing one corner now, the tea set later, the sandals another time. We can do this letting go. We can start small, giving up one thing at a time. Maybe we can take a cup of coffee to the homeless man on the corner, leaving the coffee cup behind as a gift. Or we can put something in a grocery bag to drop off at a charity on our way to buy this week’s food. The trick is to simply start.”

–Excerpted from “Close to the Ground: Just Stuff” by Geri Larkin, Spirituality & Health Magazine.

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Having a dream... Courage. emoticon

Visualizing your dream... Persistence. emoticon

Physically moving towards your dream... Guts. emoticon

Letting go of the "cursed hows"... Wisdom. emoticon

The look on your friends faces when they see your lovely organized home... Priceless. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Ended up ordering them at a regional store called "Hastings" when I was in that town for doctor appt and have to go back in a couple of weeks. I did get some parts of it copied from the online stuff and it sounds like good stuff.

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Going to call B&N and see if they can order me both of those Stephanie Vogt books about clearing clutter. The website says that they are not in stock in the store in Great Falls or Helena. Figures!!

I like her attitude...it's more in depth than the 365 Days website, especially in the psychological reasons...which I have wanted to understand for a long, long time!

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Silly Season Series ~ Banishing the Busyness: by Idgy of the North

Posted: 25 Nov 2015 02:41 AM PST
Banishing the Busyness: by Idgy of the North

Growing up in small town Canada, the holidays were filled with the Hollywood version of Christmas. My mom would bake lots of cookies in holiday shapes and Christmas cake. We would go into the forest and cut down a snow covered pine tree. Our house would be covered in lights and the inside would be decorated for the holidays. There were always lots of social gatherings both at our home and at friends and families. We would end with a huge feast with my parents, siblings and grandparents.

When I was an adult, I tried to recreate these idyllic scenes. I would spend months shopping for the “perfect gifts” for family and friends. I would send out holiday cards to everyone we knew. We had a large tree that would take a whole day to set-up and decorate. I would bake dozens of cookies. We would setup a schedule to visit as many family members and friends as possible in the few days we had off work. If we were “hosting” the holiday dinner, we would spend a couple of days cleaning the house and prepping food followed by a day of cooking. We said yes to any social engagement we were invited to. Our extended family is spread out around this large country so we often travelled snowy highways for several hours or took very expensive plane rides so we could spend the holidays with family. At the end of the holidays, we were left exhausted. The holiday season became something to dread. Where did we go wrong?

In looking back at my childhood, I realized my life looks nothing like my parents. My mom was at home with the kids. My dad had 2 weeks off work for the holidays. In asking my mom if she enjoyed the holidays when we were young, she answered that it was stressful and exhausting! She spent weeks baking, shopping, wrapping, decorating, cleaning , sending out over 250 holiday cards and cooking. The tree took a whole day to get into the house, into the tree stand, floors cleaned up and tree decorated. She had to remember to water the tree everyday so it wouldn’t become a fire hazard. She had to vacuum several times a day due to the needles dropping from the tree. On Christmas Day, we kids would wake up ridiculously early in anticipation of opening presents. My parents often had 2-3 hours of sleep after setting up all the gifts. My mom would then spend hours in the kitchen preparing the feast. She would then fall asleep shortly after dinner and be exhausted and/or sick for the following week.

My life does not resemble my parents. We live close to the country’s largest city and have long commute times. Both my spouse and I work full time. I travel by plane a lot for work. We also have 2 school aged kids with special needs. We just don’t have time for the fairytale. We began to say no to anything that was not high priority. High priority for us means spending time with our kids and spending time outside. This included scaling back the decorations to a small tabletop artificial tree, saying no to events that were not meaningful to us and saying no to driving hours on dicey roads to spend a few hours with others. We also scaled back on gift giving. We now only give experience gifts to the kids (ours plus nieces and nephews). We no longer exchange gifts with our siblings, parents and friends.

I now look forward to the holidays as a time to rest and enjoy the season.

What have you done to banish the busyness?



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At 5:30 Thursday morning I finally went to sleep in my 'new' bed! Only got to sleep for an hour and a half as I had to get up and go to work but I felt like a bazillion dollars for having FINALLY gotten that brand new bed out of the garage-only took me 14 months!! As I cleared the space I had to box up books that were under the bed. Mop the floor, wash the walls all the way up to the ceiling, take apart and store the futon frame, haul the old mattress to the dumpster in the alley, get the new box springs off the porch at my mom's next door. Then put together the new frame, put on the new box springs, haul in and place the new mattress and make the bed with a new mattress pad and new fleece sheets-all freshly washed and smelling SO good.

Did get a full night's sleep on Thursday night and it was just wonderful. I am so proud of myself and it has inspired me to keep boxing up and cleaning! I honestly think I might be able to have company in the house by Thanksgiving. Who would have thunk it!!???

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I don't know what got into me this week but I've been very focused and mostly on task with the de-cluttering. Didn't even make a priority list....just started and progressed as the mood struck me and of course had to get the a/c in because we're expecting a record heat wave and me and the pups wouldn't get any sleep if it was 100 in the house!!


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I completely understand this post - take CRS (can't remember stuff) and chemo brain and I'm lucky to know what day it is, much less stay on task.

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Being 'home' for just the weekend makes me work harder when I'm here than when I can put it off as an "I'll get to it tomorrow"!

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This came in the e-mail and while it's very funny, it seems exactly like how my hoarding has happened and still continues to grow. I can't stay focused on one area unless I set my timer and really force myself not to get off track. See if you find yourself in this mess!!?

Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

This is how it manifests:
I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway. I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier. I lay my car keys on the table. Put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first...

I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table,
And see that there is only one check left.
My extra checks are in my desk in the study!
So I go inside the house to my desk where
I find the can of Pepsi I'd been drinking.

I'm going to look for my checks,
But first I need to push the Coke aside
So that I don't accidentally knock it over.

The Coke is getting warm, I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi,
a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need water.

I put the Coke on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV,
I'll be looking for the remote. But I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs. But first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day: The car isn't washed,
The bills aren't paid,
There is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter,
The flowers don't have enough water,
T here is still only 1 check in my check book,
I can't find the remote,
I can't find my glasses,
And I don't remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day,
And I'm really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem,
And I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail....

Do me a favor.
Forward this message to everyone you know,
Because I don't remember who I've sent it to.
Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!


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This is from a woman named Melody Michaels and the Dayspring Christian website. I thought it was worth sharing.

"Do you ever find yourself discouraged or even overwhelmed by the state of your home? I know I have found myself in that place more than I would like to admit! The messy rooms, the imperfect decor, the never-ending dirty dishes, and the repairs I couldn’t seem to keep up with threatened my sanity at times.

My expectations for my home were often too high and my ability to maintain it all seemed to be lacking. I’d get one room pulled together and another area would fall apart. Can you relate?

Would I ever get it together? I often wished I could figure out how to arrive at the perfect house, so everything in my life and home would be just as I dreamed it should be. Looking back, I realize how silly and even destructive that was.

Isn’t that just how we feel sometimes? We want to wish away our reality and head off in search of something we think would be more perfect for us? But what if the home we already have is the home of our dreams? Isn’t what we really want a sanctuary, a home where we can nurture our family, welcome guests, and be creative in an environment that inspires us to serve the Lord well? That seems like a dream house to me!

The pursuit of perfection is futile, but our desire to create a home that is warm, welcoming, and comfortable isn’t necessarily a sign of discontentment. It can be a blessing to the people we love. In spite of the imperfections or limitations of our house, a love for our home is something we can nurture right where we are. The love we show our home should be a reflection of gratitude to God for what we have. Our home is a gift."

I think it might help me to think of the home I have right now as a gift. In many ways it is! It's paid for and it's warm in the winter. I have a great yard. I am able to live next door to my mother to help her out as she gets older. Now to clear the clutter and learn to live with only what I truly love and need.

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Here's a different post from 365 and it makes sense about 'living without for awhile' and how often it will probably become permanent!
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Experiment with going without
Posted: 31 Mar 2015 08:00 AM PDT

Sometimes, when it comes to the stuff around our homes, we continue to own things just because we always have. To have them has literally become a habit. Fortunately any habit that has been created can also be broken.

There are two ways that you can experiment with breaking the ownership habit. The first, which we have spoken of in the past, is to have a trial separation from a selection of your stuff. Choose things that you are on the fence about decluttering, then put them away somewhere out of sight for a selected period of time. If you haven’t had the need for these objects during the trial period, or perhaps learned to improvise in order not to need them, then you are safe to send them permanently on their way, if you so choose.

The other way is more suited to less permanent objects, items that come, are used up and then usually replaced. Products like toiletries, cleaners, paper products, cooking ingredients, wrapping materials etc. You’d be surprised how many of these items inhabit your home, and how much you really don’t need many of them.

The experiment to declutter such items is to use up your current supply and choose a trial period of time during which you do not replace it. If, at the end of that period, you have happily survived without said product you just don’t ever replace it. If living without it was unpleasant then you have lost nothing and can go back to purchasing it again.

There are many of the second example above that I have decluttered over my years of slowing purging my home of unneeded stuff. Plastic wrap, cleaners, makeup items, stationery items, craft supplies, cooking ingredients, toiletries… Some I have gone without altogether while others I just keep less variety of. Either way I am wasting a lot less space storing them. And I dare say I am also having less impact on the environment.

I am still slowly eliminating more and more of these products as time goes on, and I feel better for it. I am continually discovering that there are so many things, that are of little value to me, that I can happily live without.

What items in your home have you experimented with doing without? Please share your stories with us. They are all successes whether you decided you could or couldn’t live without them, because at least you were brave enough to give it a go.
Today’s Mini Mission

Declutter something from outside.

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Thanks Lynn, I like those:

"Baby Steps"

"See what I can do"

It makes my tasks look a whole lot more achievable. emoticon

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For a long time our co-leader has kept saying 'baby steps'. I have had trouble moving from hearing that excellent advice to using it in my life.

I am inspired by a woman who played the longest women's match in Tennis Open history - 284 minutes. 284 minutes is a huge amount of time for a match.

I imagined what one player was telling herself.
'I am just going to keep on plugging little by little, bit by bit, and see what I can do.'

The phrase moving me into action is:
'and see what I can do'

'Seeing what I can do' opens a door without adding limits. I CAN and WILL open that door just to see what I can do.

Action?
Today I can look at this room and move things out of it.
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What inspires me to take action toward trying to clear the clutter from my place:

The fear of an inspection from the landlord.

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What inspires me to take action with exercise:

Mortality

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What inspires me to take action with my goals of having my books published:

The hope that they may get published BEFORE I finish this lifetime.

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What inspires us to move from thought to action?

It is easy to find quotes or stories which touch us.

But it is challenging to get from reading/seeing something to taking action in life.

This is the place to share transitions into action.

Change yourself. You are in control.

Happiness is when what you think, say, and do are in harmony.

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