So I have started decluttering again. First my drawers and paper I don,t need anymore.The paper trail is everyday because I get so much junk mail.
In the midst of this we found expired food and got rid of. It,s not worth getting sick. The next and most important thing is I got two bags of clothes together and gave to the poor. I ve lost a few pounds and some are just too big. Others I never wear. The rule of decluttering is if you haven,t worn or used something in a year you probably won,t use it. I found this to be true,
Now I have to get my mind together , rid of the chaos. I will practice my stress rituals, reading, playing the keyboard, and exercising on my bike.
It has taken me awhile to write. I am paying more attention to planners as I am getting ready for the new year.I live by planners and can’t keep myself together without them.
I have to have a notebook for Misc. notes especially to do lists, shopping lists for clothes, groceries and personals and fun lists. I have a composition notebook that I use as a planner to record my food diary which is everything I eat that day and also a record of exercise and other things I have accomplished.
When I come back home with my stash I write down everything that I have bought since it’s personal things but also fun things. This is the way I see how I am spending my money and it helps me keep my budget
I did really splurge at Office Max recently. I bought a beautiful leather bound planner with notepaper and pockets and a handle to carry it. I could never make a planner like this. Oh it’s a good idea to keep a journal for yourself when you want to just write your thoughts and express yourself.
My daughter came to me with a book I have on decluttering. I think the book’s title was Stuff. She said she has too much stuff in her house and needs to declutter. The thing is sometimes we don’t know if to discard or how to get rid of some of the clutter we have. This book really helped me.
It told how sometimes we have memories but don’t know how to get rid of them or just think we shouldn’t. I think sometimes we feel guilty especially about things other people have given us. I was keeping cards, greeting cards people sent me and other thinge until I knew I had to do something. The greeting cards weren’t Aunt Nelly or other relatives and friends but just things that had no meaning.
I realized that and was able to throw most of them away except the latest and some letters. Before reading the book I felt so guilty about thinking about getting rid of them as if it was a sin. lol
Another way to handle memories is to pass them on. I did this by giving some figurines my daughter admired (my deceased Mother’s) to her. I felt good after that. It was like passing on a legacy.
I found out I was having too many photo albums and I passed on some of the family pictures on to her.
These are just a few tips on getting rid of things that we must remember are just stuff nothing more.
There was one time in my life that I could hardly get out of bed. When I did, I seem to spend my days in a depressed fog. I came out of this depression. I can say there were a lot of reasons I was depressed, lack of money, unable to go places I wanted to go to, not interested anything, going through a divorce. They are all reasons but then there were times when things like this existed in my life and I felt like nothing could knock me down. I guess that’s the fighter in me.
Sometimes we need sprit in us to rise above our problems and not let them get us down. Seeking therapy helps too. At this time in my life I feel that sometimes that monster called depression that lets any little thing knock you down is always around the corner waiting to engulf me.
However I awake often with the spirit of another day, another life to begin to finish to do the things that I like. I seem to do little things that keep me happy. Yes even the little things If I can clean and decorate my bathroom it’s a task I enjoy not some thing I’d like to do and just can’t seem to. I make little lists and notes to myself and for some reason I have more interests than I have ever had in my life. It seems that I just want to do those things like the piano solos I love to play, sewing, dancing etc. all those things I and just couldn’t seem to do.
It’s like gaining life back when you remember a time when that you were so far down you just couldn’t do those things. You develop a new zest for life, You savor the old and let the new things in. This is what life is truly about.
I once took a test for people who were depressed. One of the questions was “Were you raised that you had to suffer to get to Heaven?’ That jolted me out of the fog. It was like an epiphany. I sure was religiously raised that way. I was inadvertently doing that. That type of thinking was killing me.
I know now that God wants you to be happy. When those negative thoughts get into my mind, I practice affirmations Lately I’ve began to say one word or a chant I’ve made up in my mind. It works for me and relieves stress. So try to live life, grab it and do what you want to do. Have a zest for it. ,
I decided that it was time to declutter my home and do some organizing.
My closets were just too packed. The shoes and boxes seemed to be about to fall out.
It was time to sort through my things and see what I needed to keep and what I needed to get rid of. I have hat boxes that were just taking up space and a few other things.
We put an armoire and drawers from my old bedroom set on the patio. After my husband fixed them up they looked pretty good and made a pretty addition to the patio.
I stored some things that I don’t want to get rid of but I’m not using now in them. I put the shoes and purses in plastic storage bags and boxes.
My husband decided to get rid of some things from our storage shed in our backyard. He put them out to be picked up on our city’s pickup day in our location next week.
I also put my kitchen cabinets in order, especially canned goods and Rubbermaid containers. They look great now. I’m proud of myself. It was quite a job but I feel so much better now.
We are having a walk-in tub, hydrotherapy, installed Monday. It will take three days and be an inconvenience for awhile but I’m excited about it. I’ve been wanting a Jacuzzi forever and this will do for that.
No we are not rich but try to live a peaceful, simple, comfortable life. It’s not perfect or lavish but we know that a peaceful, warm, comfortable home is God’s blessings.
I’d like to share something with you. There was one time when I was so busy keeping my house clean and organized I didn’t have time to enjoy it. It wasn’t any fun. I began to feel robotic. A lady who teaches organizing is talking like this?
Yes. What I’m trying to tell you is just because your house is a little messey and doesn’t pass the white glove test doesn’t mean that you’re doing anything wrong. If you’re taking time to spend time with your husband and kids fine. If they’re happy and alright your house is a home that is organized and in order.
I’ve never wanted a show place for a home or perfectly clean home, not over a warm, loving and caring one. You can put things in a house but the people in it make a home. I’ve found this out over the years and this is what I’m trying to convery to you. The clean and the decluttered house is fine but I still value the warmth, comfort and fun times we share together more.
I leave you with this thought. May God bless your home.