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Do You Own Your Possessions or do Your Possessions Own You?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I have a small dumpster parked in my driveway to dispose of the things that are really no use to anyone else. I have a bed that is filling higher and higher with things to give away. We have been doing this the past few years. It's so frustrating and also so freeing. It's not that my house should be on the next episode of "Buried Alive" or anything. My kids will say that denial is the first sign so I do need to think about that for a moment! The clutter seems to accumulate when you live in the same place for 20 years. I also have a hard time getting rid of memories. Cards, the kids school projects, and papers. Newspaper articles about family, friends, and major events. I also have plenty of momentos from two grandmothers that passed away. When my Mother downsized she shared more momentos with her daughters for safe keeping. I have a toy kitchen set, legos, etc that I'm keeping for my grandchildren. Thought my kids would claim some of it. Doesn't look like they will be taking anything. I also have plenty of church history, minutes, program info etc. Heck I even have some of my own childhood toys. I have clothes that I'm sure I will fit in soon as I'm loosing weight you know.
Dang this is so hard to do! I'll just try to be strong and forge on! emoticon emoticon

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JENNA54 4/6/2012 5:44PM

    This is hard... as soon as you thrown something out, or pass it on you'll wish you still had it! I think family stuff passed on to you is really special. My Mum moved in with me about 7 years ago and she brought some things with her, but the rest we shared amongst family. All the important things we kept, but the things that didn't seem to matter so much were sold. There are so many memories attached to possessions - often it is the memory that is more significant than the item. Good luck with your clean out.

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CRYSALLIS1 4/4/2012 8:52AM

    I'm still not sure if I own my possessions or they own me but I'm forging on. I have tossed or donated quite a bit of stuff. But when I look around I think it should be more. Thanks for the support. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/29/2012 9:23PM

    To answer your question, BOTH! I continue to hear the word of God speaking to me in an effort to begin this very process in my life. I do not envy what you are going through.

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ONE6OH 3/29/2012 4:10AM

    Hang in there. I can certainly relate. I have the " I might need this someday" syndrom too. Just keep working through it. May be you can archieve some of the church stuff at the church. just a thought. Good Luck.

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/29/2012 1:39AM

    You are doing great! Keep going! emoticon
One of the things that help me on my constant decluttering efforts is: 'Did I use this/read this/do anything with this for the last year?' (you can say 2 years if it is easier!)... If not, then it is very likely that I won't do anything with it in the next 10 years!!!
I wish you lots of courage, because I know it is difficult. But, as you said, very freeing too!!! emoticon emoticon

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KALISWALKER 3/29/2012 1:08AM

    I did a clean sweep last year to get my house ready to sell and to move 18 hours away. The hardest thing to get rid of was the wooden desk I had since I was 12 years old and used in univerity, and my kids used it too. It stung for a few days but that freed me to go ahead and do what I needed to do. After that it was easy to deal with the rest

I know you can do it and you will be glad you did


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TAMPATINK67 3/29/2012 12:27AM

    it's difficult to part with things that hold memories!

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Gone Spring Cleaning.....

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spring arrived at least 1 month early. It's kind of weird but I have no complaints. I'm looking forward to summer activites filled with lots of camping. So this week will be a busy one doing spring cleaning. I want to get my work done so I can go play and get fit this summer. So don't wonder where I am if I don't Spark much this week. Team Be Organized will be happy with me though. I plan to log on briefly everyday and do what I need to do but I may not have much time for allot of personal comments on your great blogs. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Have a Great Week All! XOXOX

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/27/2012 9:55AM


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CRYSALLIS1 3/26/2012 11:18PM

    Thanks to all for all your encouragement and well wishes. If you don't hear from me by the weekend you may want to send out a search party! emoticon

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RAE_LEIGH22 3/26/2012 10:07PM

    Yes, it sounds like they will be proud of you! Have a great week!

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/26/2012 4:35PM

    Good for you! emoticon

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RGEETING 3/25/2012 8:17PM

Have a great week!

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 3/25/2012 7:49PM

    Will you come help me next? emoticon My spring break is week after next. DH has already started the annual to do list.

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Should be National Walk Your Dog Weekend.....

Friday, March 16, 2012

I think it should be National Walk your Dog weekend. Good for you. Good for the pups too.
Don't forget to be sure your flea, tick, and heart worm medicine is up to date. emoticon
Enjoy your time with your furry friend!

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JENNA54 3/22/2012 1:14AM

    My two get a walk every day and I always feel so good afterwards. They like it best when it is windy, seems to get them all stirred up and they bounce around all over the show. They love chasing each other and go so fast, as if they are playing tag. When they catch each other they then have a turn being the chaser. I'd swear they were human sometimes!!! They also make me laugh with their antics so it is good all round!

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/16/2012 12:40PM

    I like to think that people who have pooches, make everyday a Walk-Your-Dog Day! WooHoo!

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So I put on a pair of jeans tonight......

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

they felt more snug then then usual. Grrr! emoticon
My work day was exhausting. Then I was frustrated because I needed to go to 2 church meetings and the weather was phenominal. emoticon
Then I realized the jeans I had on were my one size smaller pants! emoticon
(Ok not that much smaller, but smaller then the ones I had been wearing.)
I went to the meeting. We approved 2 missions that I favor. emoticon
It was too late for my friends to join me on my walk. emoticon
It was 65 degrees on a March evening. The streets were nearly empty. emoticon
I had time to reflect. emoticon emoticon My mind was refreshed.
I had time to pray. emoticon The night was clear and I think the prayers flew straight on up.
I believe you would call the smaller pants a NON emoticon victory. emoticon

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MARIE405 3/16/2012 7:01AM

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/15/2012 10:46PM

    Love those great non-scale victories!

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READYBETTY 3/15/2012 6:11AM

    I totally agree, a non-scale victory! emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/15/2012 3:32AM

    So grateful it was the smaller jeans, phew! emoticon emoticon

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MOMFAN 3/15/2012 3:16AM


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RGEETING 3/15/2012 12:50AM

    emoticon on the smaller jeans!!!!!! I love NON-scale victories!
Love missions! (Gotta.. I'm a missionary! lol)

We had great weather here, too... in the 70's today... first time since last fall!

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Just for Today.....

Friday, March 09, 2012

I would love to entitle this something like "Everyday I will" . But I need to do this day by day.
So Just for today I will ....
Get up when I wake up.
Read a daily Bible devotion.
Exercise 10 minutes or more.
Drink 8 glasses of water.
Plan my meals.
Eat 5 freggies.
Log my food.
Stay with in my calories.
Declutter 15 minutes.

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ANJELIA1968 3/12/2012 10:13PM

    What a fantastic list of daily goals, and each day is a new beginning! Live your life like this and you should have no regrets! Think I may have to borrow your list and make it my own!!!

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READYBETTY 3/9/2012 9:51PM

    Love the list. I could have wrote it myself.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 3/9/2012 6:53PM

    Sounds like you have a plan, baby steps, and one day at a time, will get you there!!

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DAREDEVILME 3/9/2012 2:34PM

    That sounds like a great day at a time is all we can do!!
Keep on Sparking.

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LHLADY517 3/9/2012 2:13PM

    I like that you're focusing on "today". That's all that really matters, isn't it?

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CARRIEDD 3/9/2012 11:38AM

    Sounds like a great day to me!!!

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