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Stuck in shopping hell!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I was reading the Daily Spark today and the article "Body Bliss: Dress for the Body You Have Today" www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=bod
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For the past week, I have been going shopping. I REFUSE to pay full retail for a piece of clothing that I am only going to be in for a short while. So, I shop the Clearance racks, sales, re-sale shops. And I keep running into the same problem... I'm in between.

I was a Womens 18 going to a Womens 20 when I started SP. Now, 20+ lb.s later, I'm a 14W to16W, maybe a 16 to 18 Regular, however, it all depends on the store, brand, style, fabric, barometric pressure, winning lottery numbers and wind speed that day.

And if you've ever shopped in these sizes you know that we are just not a priority for most stores. Too big for the small stores, too small for the big stores. Like I stated in the title of this blog... Shopping Hell!

We've all seen the racks... Size 8, 40 items. Size 10, 50 items, Size 12, 80 items, Size 14, 40 items, Size 16, 10 items, Size 18 1 piece. ... And it is more than likely something HIDEOUS that should have never been made to start with. Gigantic bright colored flowers. Muumuu, florescent colored 1980's sweatshirt made to fall off the shoulders. Pants with a "low rise waist" (those probably shouldn't be made in any size over a 6 anyway... muffin tops should only exist on muffins ladies!!)

Arggghhhh! I shopped for 3 hours in the local Outlet Mall (I did walk past Lane Bryant... can't/won't ever shop there again!!). I found one (that's right 1!) pair of pants. As it is, unless they shrink in the hot water and dryer that I will send them through. They are already too large. Looks like I'm going to have to find a tailor for some of my better big girl clothes.

I am proud of the healthy lifestyle that I have adopted. I am proud of the fact that I chose to walk instead of drive when I can. I am sure as Hell proud of the fact that I have lost 20+ lbs. since January 10th. Now, I just want to show off how much my body has improved so that I can LOOK as much better as I FEEL.

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CUTIECAT1 5/5/2010 2:45PM

    great job on the 20lb weight loss!!! you are probably better off having your current clothes taken in until you can end up shopping where you want to - best of luck to you!!!

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GOLFCHICK2-0 5/5/2010 2:37PM

    I'm going to try and hit Kohl's this weekend. I was too tired to shop after walking with my friend in the golf tournament

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EKKING 5/5/2010 2:17PM

    I'm so behind on blogs! Did you end up finding anything?

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MEOWMMYX3 5/4/2010 12:13PM

    Oh do I ever know and understand your pain.....and frustration.

Congratulations on the 20 pounds gone!!! emoticon

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MATT425 4/29/2010 12:21PM

    Your shopping @ the wrong Place. You Should be shopping @ the Red Sox Pro Shop! LOL emoticon Have a great Day.

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REDHEAD582 4/29/2010 8:36AM

    I so know what you mean. I have no pants left in my closet that fit. I totally missed a size that I was holding onto. Now I am a 16 (or so depending on the cut).

I am turning over the waist on my 18's right now as I also buy my pants very long since I am tall (but without the extra inches they are too long so turned over they are ok).

I am going back out this weekend to try and get something. I am even thinking about a tailor.

Oh and most of my golf skirts don't fit either anymore. Luckily our Canadian golf store had a Ladies night so I was able to find a new one, and I have 1 in my closet that was a small size. So I will be wearing those out!

Arghhhhhhhhhh!

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NURSESUSIE51 4/28/2010 10:30PM

    Loved it!! I remember the LAST time I lost weight and got out of the plus sized department. It was a thrilling moment!! emoticon But....of course, I ended up back there. I do see people on TV who are big and wonder where they buy their clothes. There have to be more fashionable places, but I don't know where they are emoticon

But you're doing great. Keep up the good work and thanks for giving me a smile emoticon

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SOPHIEMAE2007 4/28/2010 7:39PM

    I know what you are talking about. I hate some of the plus size stores, because some of the clothes are just plain ugly or something an really older person would wear (mean no offense to anyone), but half of it is nothing I would try on. Or they are way to young looking. That is why I only buy the mark downs too! I love the Woman Within catalog. They have fun colors and prints and stuff I would actually wear. I have bought a few things from them and find the sizes to be pretty close to exact and their prices are decent. Check them out!

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CHRYS13 4/28/2010 7:20PM

    So proud of and happy for you- - -20 lbs. gone! emoticon
You will be in that little black dress before you know it....and how fun will that be! another--- emoticon

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SASSISPRING 4/28/2010 5:39PM

    Your blog had me chuckling and hey, even in size 26/28 the clothes are ugly. I remember years back trying to shop for a dress to wear to my brother's wedding. All mumus. I went back to a store many times as they had at least a halfway decent looking dress but still too many flowers. I finally sat down in the middle of the store and bawled. Serious. And that's when I was size 18/20, before I was really ill and gained. The clerk was so sympathetic and yes, I bought the dress. Or the time a clerk at Lane Bryant said that I should just push my breasts into the bra and suck it in until it fit. I told her where to suck it in and left. LOL!! My bff had no clue, was still in shock standing in the mall wondering what happened. I hear you on not shopping there. It was a shame, prior to the buyout it was an amazing store. Hey its super great you lost the weight and keep it up!! And hope that you do find something that fits you and in your price range too!!!!

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GYPSYGOTH 4/28/2010 2:33PM

    i SO remember being in limbo between misses and plus. a totally unfun place to be. but keep up the great work and you'll be able to find all of the clothes you want :D

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CELESTIALAXIS 4/28/2010 2:29PM

    I loved shopping Old Navy and seeing jeans titled "Plus-Size Low-Rise." Two terms that should NEVER go together! Ugh!

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Right now, I'm an 18 in Riders jeans, 16 in Old Navy jeans, and a 14 in Gloria Vanderbilt shorts (Kohls). Got those GV's just cuz I could wear a 14 in them, lol. I'm just hoping everything I have now will last me thru the summer, with drawstring waists on my shorts, and stretchy tees. I can't afford any more clothes right now!!! =P

So in other words, I hear ya sistah.

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 4/28/2010 2:12PM

    lmao! I'm so with you. Try JCPenny's or Kohl's Clearance racks. Their "designer" brands go up to women's sizes--even the smaller ones--and aren't hideous!

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7777BEV 4/28/2010 1:59PM

    Humor gets us through so much, doesn't it? And you have some funny stuff here - true but funny. It is frustrating but in a good way! So glad you need those smaller sizes but sure wish you could find some things that fit and were stylish! By, the way, I completely agree about those low rise jeans - not even sure I like them on a size 6! lol

Hang in there - keep looking - you might burn another size just in the search! Good luck!
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7777BEV 4/28/2010 1:59PM

    Humor gets us through so much, doesn't it? And you have some funny stuff here - true but funny. It is frustrating but in a good way! So glad you need those smaller sizes but sure wish you could find some things that fit and were stylish! By, the way, I completely agree about those low rise jeans - not even sure I like them on a size 6! lol

Hang in there - keep looking - you might burn another size just in the search! Good luck!
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7777BEV 4/28/2010 1:57PM

    Humor gets us through so much, doesn't it? And you have some funny stuff here - true but funny. It is frustrating but in a good way! So glad you need those smaller sizes but sure wish you could find some things that fit and were stylish! By, the way, I completely agree about those low rise jeans - not even sure I like them on a size 6! lol

Hang in there - keep looking - you might burn another size just in the search! Good luck!
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LEELEEPOO 4/28/2010 1:47PM

    Ha, ha, loved your blog. And I can so relate to your shopping problems.If I were size 10 and below, I would have such a huge selection of clothes...and why is it that size 18s have to be ugly? WHO MADE THAT RULE?

Anyway, thanks for the rant! I've thought it myself, especially about the low rise waist. I see it on my plump students all the time and I can't help but think that they must be fooling themselves...because the rest of us see those muffin tops. Just because you can squeeze your butt into size 10 doesn't mean you should do it!!! Not if you've got a muffin top!!!! ARGH!!!

I am so not going to buy any nice clothes until I get to my goal weight.. at which time I hope to be size 10 and it'll be worthwhile shopping!!!

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My skirt just got longer...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

... or tales of clothing that actually fits.

I put on my favourite skirt this morning. It's a cute A-line brown plaid that hits right about mid calf. For the past year, I have been wearing it at about knee length. I had it slid up so that the waist was right under "the girls". Turns out that it fits again. I have the waist of the skirt now sitting on my waist!

The scale may not have moved this week, my clothing has! Looks like it's time to go shopping! However, since I plan to not be at the next size down for long, I will be only shopping clearance, re-sale, Goodwill, Sally's Boutique (That's Salvation Army to those not in the know). I will pay no more than $10 for any piece of "in between" clothing.

It's the small things we have to enjoy, my SparkFriends.

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EKKING 4/25/2010 10:11PM

    YIPPEE! Great job!

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REDHEAD582 4/21/2010 9:16AM

    In Canada I have found Winners great for my new inbetween clothing as I blew past some of the old clothes in my closet.

Which I am not upset about at all!!!

Here's to longer skirts and longer pants! I now will not have to shop in the Tall section anymore.

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TINATC26 4/21/2010 8:41AM

    That is awesome, keep up the good work!! I like that "Sally's Boutique!!"

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CHRYS13 4/20/2010 8:13PM

    So thrilled for you! What a wonderful feeling! emoticon

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7777BEV 4/20/2010 1:48PM

    Good for you!!! Awesome and I'm so excited you get to go do a little clothes shopping even at discount stores - it's down right exciting!!! Enjoy that skirt! emoticon

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SAMSPARK1 4/20/2010 1:38PM

    Hadn't heard "Sally's Boutique" before. LOVE IT! Great job on getting where you are!

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ANDYLIN90 4/20/2010 1:20PM

    Oh that's great! And what I really like is your comment about the scale not moving, but your skirt did. It's so important to look for the positive changes other than relying on the scale.
Good for you!

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TLAIR0468 4/20/2010 1:02PM

    Woohoo! That is awesome! I had a shrinking waist experience with my belt this week...so I know exactly how excited you are right now. Congrats! I totally hear ya on not spending alot of $$ on that in-between size!

Great job!

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MEOWMMYX3 4/20/2010 12:58PM

    Way to go, girl!!!
Good for you. I'm so wanting that feeling.
Good strategy on the clothing. I was just complaining about that very thing.

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 4/20/2010 12:53PM

    cracking me up! Way to go emoticon

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LABOSOXGIRL 4/20/2010 12:52PM

    AWESOME!!! That's a great feeling! I have a pair of pants on today that I am having trouble keeping them up, and the length has gotten so long they keep wrapping under my heels on top of my sandals! LOL

Great Shopping ideas! I never thought to look there for "in between" clothes!

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CELESTIALAXIS 4/20/2010 12:48PM

    Woo hoo! I know that EXACT feeling lol. I bought a lot of in-between clothes recently too, but mainly stuff that I can wear even when it's loose, like tees. Jeans I'm holding off on, tho I got some (drawstring) shorts. In a 14! Holy cow! But yeah, everything else is on the cheap for now. We have many sizes to go and we WILL get there! =)

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"Won't Power"

Friday, April 09, 2010

I know, we all talk about willpower. I keep thinking of the concept of "Won't Power"

I Won't:
~ eat that brownie
~ sit down in front of TV instead of working out/ walking/ Wii-ing
~ let the bad/mean comments get me down
~ allow the "just this once" disease ruin a weeks worth of hard work
~ have fried food
~ drink soda, diet or regular
~ forget to drink my water
~ stop Sparking
~ ever shop at Layne Bryants again
~ forget about Me and My health

And the biggest Won't of all:
I Won't go back to being the overeating, overweight, less-healthy, ignoring of vegetables, not exercizing, lazy person that I was before joining SparkPeople
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MEOWMMYX3 4/19/2010 2:30PM

    Very good philosophy! I think I'll try this.

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DRPOOH63 4/11/2010 8:02PM

    This is a great blog! Thanks for sharing - I love this!

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TODAYSAGIFT 4/9/2010 2:53PM

    emoticon blog!

Happy Friday!

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MATT425 4/9/2010 2:17PM

    I'm with You. I Never shopped @ Layne Bryants anyway, Unless it was for my wife. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YAYSARAHC 4/9/2010 1:46PM

    Heck yes! Awesome idea! I like it and will use it, thank you!

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PEGGO45 4/9/2010 12:52PM

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EKKING 4/9/2010 12:47PM

    SOOOOO contagious! Thank you for the blog! I like the WON'T attitude. It's much better!

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CELESTIALAXIS 4/9/2010 12:38PM

    Awesome! Your attitude is so positive and contagious! *hugs*

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SWEETNEENI 4/9/2010 12:37PM

    Awesome! I love it. And you can add: Won't ever have to go through this journey alone thanks to SparkPeople. emoticon

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MABTE52 4/9/2010 12:35PM

    I should add your Won't power to my list...Good luck!

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**shhhh** can you hear that sound??

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

It's the Brownies... I can hear them across the room. emoticon

"We're over here"

"We're all chocolaty yummy home baked goodness"

"Don't worry, you can work it off tomorrow"

Their friends, the chocolate chip pan cookies are chiming in... emoticon

"What's the harm in just one"

"But you know how much you looooove us!"

"Your friend worked so hard to bake us for you to bring for your volunteers on your work trip. Honest, she's not trying to sabotage you"

And I say back to the chunks of chocolaty goodness..

"BACK OFF! I HAVE WORKED TOO FREAKING HARD TO LOSE WHAT I HAVE LOST. I AM IN A HOTEL ROOM DOING CARDIOBLAST KICKBOXING INSTEAD OF SITTING AT THE BAR WITH MY FRIENDS." emoticon

"YOU. WILL. NOT. TEMPT. ME.'

"I have SparkPeople on my side. You evil hunks of fat and cottage cheese thighs! Producers of flabby arms and extra chins"

In the immortal words of Gandalf... I say to you Brownie, and you Chocolate Chip Pan Cookie...

"YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!! ... my lips!!"

I am strong. I will Spark. I CAN!!
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MNSMOV 4/20/2010 2:53PM

    Love this blog!!! :) You did not get tempted!! Great!!! emoticon

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7777BEV 4/20/2010 1:52PM

    LOL - LOVE this blog!!! I will return to it often to read it for added inspiration for my own won't power. Great, fantastic job at doing it right!!! emoticon emoticon

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7777BEV 4/20/2010 1:51PM

    LOL - LOVE this blog!!! I will return to it often to read it for added inspiration for my own won't power. Great, fantastic job at doing it right!!! emoticon emoticon

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GOLFCHICK2-0 4/9/2010 12:24PM

    I did it! 4 days, 3 nights. 2 gigantic boxes of baked goods. I didn't even have a crumb.

Thank you SparkPeople and especially you, my SparkFriends!! Just knowing that you were watching helped me to fiind my "Won't Power". emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EKKING 4/9/2010 11:28AM

    You tell 'em! BAD food. Great willpower.

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CHRYS13 4/8/2010 8:05PM

    This is great! Smiles and encouraging motivation all in one! emoticon

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MEOWMMYX3 4/6/2010 2:09PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA
That was hilarious!
YOU ROCK!

Stay strong....you CAN do it.

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TODAYSAGIFT 4/6/2010 11:38AM

    I emoticon this!

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SWEETZMIX 4/6/2010 9:22AM

    That is some pretty powerful stuff. You are freaking awesome!

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CATE195 4/6/2010 8:05AM

    Just send a little of that control this way. PLEASE Thanks! emoticon

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MATT425 4/6/2010 7:59AM

    Smash Those Cookies & brownies with A Bat just Like they were Yankees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go SOXS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VICD25 4/6/2010 7:33AM

    You tell 'em Sister!!
Punch Punch Kick Kick! You are getting stronger every day!

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SWEETNEENI 4/6/2010 6:35AM

    Yes you can! Stay strong!

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JBLINE123 4/6/2010 2:15AM

    I love it!!!! emoticon

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SHARKAR02 4/6/2010 1:43AM

    WOOHOO, So funny, but wonderful control and attitude.

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MADMOMMIEJEM 4/6/2010 1:15AM

    HAHAHAHAHA!! That's fantastic!! Way to go!! emoticon

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PAYDAY10 4/6/2010 1:10AM

  Getting self control over being out of control is the biggest part of being successful. Congratulations on making a good decision.

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Confessions of a Class "A" Pack Rat

Saturday, March 27, 2010

One of the things I am working on, beyond eating healthy and working out more, is de-cluttering my world. If you’ve ever watched the shows on TV, you now know that it’s more than just “stuff”. It’s emotions, attachments, hopes and dreams. Past, present and future all wrapped up in a big cluttered mess.

I read something today that gave me a huge “AHA!!” moment:

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A Zen parable tells of a wanderer on a lonely road who came upon a torrential river that had washed out the bridge. So he built a solid and heavy raft, which carried him safely across to the other back. “This is a good raft,” he thought. “If there’s another river ahead, I can use it.” And he carried it for the rest of his life. How often do we hang onto things that served us well at one point in our lives but are no longer relevant or useful? Clutter is something that no longer serves you.
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The memories that go along with the ugly out of date handbag that my grandma gave me are still there. I took a picture if I need to remember more. The handbag is in the Goodwill pile. The college sweatshirt that is torn and paint stained is now retired to the recycle bin (I couldn’t bear to use it as a rag, but no one else should have to look at it).

Another thing talked about in the article is the philosophy of SHED:
SEPARATE the treasures – identify the gems that are worth hanging on to.
HEAVE the trash – eliminate what’s weighing you down.
EMBRACE your identity – connect to who you are without all your stuff.
DRIVE yourself forward – explore the direction that connects your genuine self.

The ironic thing is that this advice came out of the January, 2009 House and Beautiful article. Do I really need to keep a magazine for over a year? No. I pulled out the article and recycled the rest.

Now, crank up the stereo and get back to SHEDDing!

  
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DTSOBEL 4/8/2010 12:21AM

    Wonderful words of wisdom. Now for me to just follow it.

Keep up the great job!

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MEOWMMYX3 4/1/2010 1:48PM

    Amazing advice! Thank you.
Never heard the parable or the SHED before. Hope you don't mind but I copied and pasted it on my blog so I can remind myself.
Thanks again.

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GOLFCHICK2-0 3/29/2010 5:33PM

    I haven't had the chance to get my Podcasts updated, but I bet this article is a little something we pack rats could use!
http://www.dailyspark.com/b
log.asp?post=flylady_dishes_on_
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GOLFCHICK2-0 3/28/2010 2:44PM

    One of the things I have learned is to keep 3 bins ready for whenever I am cleaning

~ Donate bin (Goodwill, Dress for Success, homeless shelter)
~ Toss bin (recycle or trash)
~ Store or organize bin (I use the smallest bin for this one!!)

At least once a week I will empty the bins. Once something goes in the bin, DO NOT TAKE IT OUT!! If I feel that I may still have an attachment to something, I will take a picture.

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LUVMYTHREE1S 3/27/2010 8:45PM

    These sound like some great ideas to start off with! I need to de clutter too and any suggestions are welcome.

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VICD25 3/27/2010 5:50PM

    Spring has sprung in GolfChik's world! WTG!

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TODAYSAGIFT 3/27/2010 5:09PM

    GREAT POST! Thank you!

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MNTWINSGAL 3/27/2010 4:58PM

    Great blog--this hits pretty close to home with me!

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COWGIRLRED83 3/27/2010 4:56PM

  I am with u girl. keep working at it.

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GRAMPIAN 3/27/2010 4:39PM

  Very good advice - thanks! emoticon

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