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The Clutter in my house is weighing me down.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I had a garage sale last weekend, and donated items to various organizations this past week. I plan to get rid of more. To bless someone elses's life with what I don't need. I looked at myself this morning as I got out of the shower, yes I am thin, at my goal weight, but not really fit, my stomach is flabby, arms un-toned, I wonder why? I have been at my goal weight for quite sometime now, yes I have had my share of health ups and downs, surgeries, but I should be able to commit to a regular exercise routine, my disorganized home seems to have alot to do with this. I am a chronic procrastinator, I seem to never finish projects. I think the way my house looks de-motivates me. Day after day I work hard doing chores, ridding myself of items we no longer need, I am making progress, though slow, it will finally "one-day" be the way my family needs to live, in a clean and un-cluttered home. Today my prayer is that I make time for me too, to set aside time for exercise, to get away from the constant battle of trying to organize this place. I have great exercise equipment, I just need to use it more and remind myself of the benefit I get from it. emoticonto clutter, Hello to emoticon emoticonExercise. emoticonInga emoticon

  
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PINK-SOLDIER 10/26/2010 3:03PM

    emoticonall so much for your comments and help, a month later I am still fighting this battle, but have made several trips to donate things. It feels good. emoticon

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MOMMA_NURSE 10/26/2010 2:15PM

    I have been working to clear my house of clutter! I took several suv loads full to Goodwill and church ministry. I am trying to keep it OUT now!

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NEWHEARTSTART 10/13/2010 11:50AM

    The clutter in my house weighs me down and causes laziness and indecision. When I come home after work and see all of the stuff sitting there I just instantly become bored, tired, and disinterested. Not only do I have my stuff, but my daughter, S-I-L, and two grandchildren live with me and contribute to the madness. I have had a couple of yard sales and donated a couple of truckloads of stuff but that only makes me feel like I accomplised something for a short while.

I have gone through the closets and the junk room a thousand times with the intent of getting rid of stuff but then I decide I can put it in the next yard sale. So, I still have it.

It is a vicious circle and I am getting dizzy. To make matters worse my husband of thirty years walked out and left 98% of his stuff. He says he doesn't have room for it right now but still wants to get it later. What a crock. I need to get forceful and make everybody get all of their crap out of my house so I can at least get to mine.

Okay, rant over. Have a great day!!

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PAULETTELORAINE 10/9/2010 10:48PM

    Clutter is a very common frustration for us. It seems to multiply overnight! A few years ago I discovered FlyLady http://flylady.com/ and it changed my life! Now I "bless my home" instead of "cleaning my house". And I set aside 15 minutes at a time on days when I'm busy with other things. You start with a shiny sink and I can honestly say, my sink is rarely anything but shiny anymore! It used to always be full of dirty dishes! This past week I cleaned out the medicine cabinet and threw away all meds that were expired. Do you believe I had a bottle dated 1989? That's 21 years!!! One bottle was something I was allergic to from when I had breast cancer 5 years ago. Why would I keep that?! Courage, my dear, and one day at a time. God bless you emoticon

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 10/7/2010 5:11PM

    Hey Inga!!
HUGS.... it looks like you are writing alot of peoples story..... including mine. You have to approach this the same way you do weight loss.... slow and steady.... be proud of what you have done instead of focusing on all you have to do. You succeeded in loosing weight, beating breast cancer over and over & you can certainly conquer this. Break it into baby steps one room at a time or even 1 closet, drawer or whatever at a time. Go back to baby steps on working out.... instead of remembering what you use to do, start small and build back up again!! When we are surrounded by clutter it sucks the life out of us and makes us feel helpless..... Don't let clutter ruin your life.... take charge but don't obsess over it.... I am here if you want to talk! Sorry I have been MIA for so long!!!
HUGS, Kathy

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PINK-SOLDIER 9/27/2010 12:32PM

    Thanks all for the comments, I have been on flylady, it is great, also SP has some ideas, all your ideas really help!

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SEAWAVE 9/27/2010 12:14PM

    I have a problem with clutter too! There's this dark area under the stairs in the basement, I think that's where it goes to reproduce. Then it sneaks out at night and spreads all over the place! emoticon

I did read one thing last week that is becoming a mantra for me: don't put it down, put it away. And I do the 15-minute FlyLady - it really helps if you're consistent at it.

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NISSANGIRL 9/27/2010 7:02AM

    I am in the process of de cluttering myself, I kept procrastinating b/c there were more important things to do but now I need to get the clutter out. You took the first step and that was donate and have a yard sale, you should feel great about that. You are on the right track Inga, I plan on doing the same. Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BJENKINS1014 9/26/2010 8:21PM

    I'm glad to see I'm not alone with this clutter problem. You are all motivating me to find that 15 minutes every day to declutter!

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/26/2010 12:52AM

    Have you seen the TV show "Hoarding?" I have been decluttering for some time now, and even though I don't have the problem to the extent the hoarders on the show have, it gives me insight into my own behavior and why I accumulate. And just how freeing it is to get rid of it. Thanks for your blog.

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LINDA! 9/26/2010 12:38AM

    Check out Flylady - the idea is to find 15 minutes per day to work in your home. I understand about clutter and procrastination. It has taken me many years to work on these issues in my life.

Good luck, Inga!

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JATHUENER 9/25/2010 4:37PM

    sounds like me but in a faster mode i am a little bit slower then you. I maybe set to give my stuff away but i still need my butt lit to get me going so you are not alone by no means julie

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ELDORADO2 9/25/2010 4:11PM

    My dear Sparkfriend; while reading your blog, i thought, : Did I write this;? I have been decluttering since I retired 8 years ago and it doesn't appear that I've gotten rid of anything. I gave thrown away junk, donated to Goodwill and gave away some clothes and still have boxes and closets full. My problem is I think I will need it one day. I AM CHANGING MY HABITS. THE CLUTTER HAS TO GO!!!!!!
Eldora

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CHRYS13 9/25/2010 2:15PM

    Blessings to you, Inga, as you de-clutter and tone-up! I, too, procrastinate in getting the clutter under control. It weighs me down and causes some stress. I just need to stop thinking so much and "let-go"!! emoticon

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GHUFNAGLE1585 9/25/2010 2:10PM

    Good luck!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 9/25/2010 2:00PM

    Oh what insight you have into yourself!!! Go get 'em girl! emoticon

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SWEETMNTHING 9/25/2010 1:49PM

    Alot of people have problems with clutter and I am one of them too! We can keep each other accountable. It just gets embarrassing if you want to try to invite people over. Or my case today-the smoke detector in my aparmtment kept beeping all the time this am to the point I had to call emergency maintence to come and help He came over and took off the smoke detector and he's coming back on Monday..so now I have to scramble to at least get teh visible clutter done by the time he comes since I live in an apartment! LOL Maybe we should start thinking BEFORE we make clutter..is someone gonna see it if an emergency happens! LOL

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I'm gonna miss summer...assorted pictures of me on the beach.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A few pictures of me having fun in the sun. I love hot, humid and sunny weather. I am so happy when I have my days at the beach, it's a place where I have so much fun!
These pictures were taken in Longboat Key, Florida. July 2010 near the Gulf of Mexico.
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NISSANGIRL 9/22/2010 2:22PM

    Great Pictures inga!looks like you had so much fun! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CUTTINABBY 9/20/2010 10:31AM

    Inga you look like you are having the time of your life ! You deserve it my friend !!!

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 9/19/2010 8:32PM

    You look so great! You're a beauty...inside and out!

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LUVS2EXERCISE 9/19/2010 7:02PM

    Inga, you look absolutely beautful, not only on the outside, but also on the inside!!! You are an amazing person and friend! I'm so thankful everyday for your friendship and the chance to call you my friend!! Keep smiling your beautiful smile! I love you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYMAC45 9/19/2010 6:59PM

    You look fantastic! I enjoy the beach also. Thanks for sharing.
Mary

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LINDA! 9/19/2010 6:44PM

    Don't you look beautiful! I am so happy you have so many happy memories at the beach! emoticon

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CHRYS13 9/19/2010 6:35PM

    You are absolutely gorgeous! Wonderful to see the enjoyment reflected on your face.
Oh....I'm going to miss Summer so very much, also!
Thanks so much for sharing.

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 9/19/2010 6:33PM

    Absolutely gorgeous! How happy you are! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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Sparked by THE SPARK!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I have finished all the chapters in The Spark! emoticon As a result of reading it, I plan on recommitting myself to the spark principles. I have strayed a little, and now it's time to get on a fresh new attitude as I progress even further into my healthy lifestyle. I am at my goal weight and I have been for a while, but my diet, water consumption and commitment to regular exercise has not been consistent. I have to do something about it, so I have decided to re-do Fast Break, the 28 day program that I began over 2 and a half years ago.
FAST BREAK 2010

1. Re-set my Fast Break Goals.
2. Plan my Spark Time.
3. Reaffirm my focus.
4. Set up shop.
5. Choose my rewards.
6. Learn about the nutritional value of what I eat by using the food tracker more regularly.

I commit myself to this September 7, 2010. emoticonInga emoticon

  
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MARYMAC45 9/17/2010 9:18PM

    INGA
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Good luck, God Bless!
Mary

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EVER-EVOLVING 9/9/2010 11:01AM

    YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL! Wow, how gorgeous!

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LINDA! 9/7/2010 10:20PM

    Don't you look pretty!!!! Just love your pic. emoticon

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 9/7/2010 10:02PM

    emoticon Inga! What a great photo!

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JOCALAT 9/7/2010 7:22PM

    You can do it!!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 9/7/2010 7:05PM

    emoticonInga!!!

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My son as the Cowardly Lion, a great memory!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Some photos from my son's school play The Wizard of Oz, which he performed in, May of 2010. He put alot of effort into his performance as the cowardly lion, and it was so great to watch him and all the other children in their amazing performances. My son is also encouraging to me as a SP member, he has developed an interest in health and fitness because of me being on SP almost everyday. What a proud moment in our relationship, so glad to have my SP friends to share this beautiful memory with. emoticonto my lion, Mom loves You so, so, much! emoticon emoticon emoticonInga

  
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CHRYS13 8/28/2010 4:03PM

    What an accomplishment to play a lead role in "Wizard of Oz"! Wow! It's so wonderful that he has interest in musical theatre. Keep encouraging him!
Way to be a proud mom- - -good for you!
Thanks for posting the great pictures!
Chrys

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DOROTA7 8/26/2010 9:53PM

    He looks great! It is so nice to have talented kids! Kisses & hugs for both of you:)

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 8/26/2010 8:44PM

    Just precious!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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SPARKLE72023 8/26/2010 8:41PM

    I don't blame you for being very proud of both things you're Son has done: his great performance AND his interest in health & fitness. Good job Mom!

CONGRATULATIONS to Steven for doing so well in one of the top roles of the play!

Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing them.
HUGS,
Margrit

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Happy Birthday Mom, you look marvelous at 70!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Celebrating My Mom Diane's Birthday today she is 70! I think she looks great! She has led a healthy life as I learned many things from her. She has always stressed the fruits and vegetables. She walks every evening, weather permitting, and has done yoga for years. I remember her being active when I was a kid, she took fitness classes and encouraged me to be involved in sports. My mom is also a breast cancer survivor since 1990, 20 years! My parents both like fish, oatmeal, avocado's, they get on their little health kicks and it works for them. Thy enjoy traveling and hanging out with their Grandkids. My Mom is a such a special friend to me, we share many interests and always have the best time together. She is the sweetest Grandma to her 3 Grandkids Sean, Sara and Steven. Every time spent with my Mom is a special day, and I am lucky to have her in my life. just as our whole family is! So today on my Mom's 70th Birthday, I think of all the times shared together, both good and bad and I thank God for having my Mom in my life, she is the best! I love you Mom, Happy Birthday! emoticonThanks for all the love and learning shared, for all that you do, and for what you give to others. emoticon emoticon
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JAZZID 6/21/2010 9:34PM

    Thanks for sharing Inga... I am so happy that you are blessed to still have your parents here with you... You have a beautiful family ... you are a wonderful daughter...

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ONCEMOREAGAIN 6/16/2010 5:24PM

    Oh my, what a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful lady. You are so lucky to have her, and she is so lucky to have a wonderful daughter like you. Your Mom and Dad look so healthy and happy. I am proud for you.
I hope she enjoys her birthday and has many more.

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JANLEEW 6/16/2010 12:16PM

    Beautifully said. Your Mom has done a fabulous job. You are a shining example. Congratulations to her on 20 years. Keep moving, keep tracking!

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EVER-EVOLVING 6/16/2010 9:13AM

    Inga, what a way to honor your mother with such a beautiful blog tribute! You're both lucky and blessed to have each other!

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SPARKLE72023 6/16/2010 7:53AM

    What a sweet Blog Inga! emoticon emoticon Thank you for introducing us to your wonderful Mom. Now we see where you get your fine qualities and good looks.
Hugs,
Margrit

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NISSANGIRL 6/16/2010 7:17AM

    Great blog about your mother Inga, she is a beautiful woman and it is good to hear that she still works out and maintains herself. Hope she has a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 6/16/2010 5:39AM

    What a beautiful tribute to your Mom. I'm so glad you have her in your life!! She did a beautiful job raising such a special daughter!

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AZGRANDMA6 6/15/2010 10:24PM

    Wow, your Mom is 70. I am 69 and it dosen't feel bad, it used to sound older but no longer feels that way. You are fortunate to have such a mother. My mom will be 75 is Nov, still living at home by herself. She has to use a walker but she gets out and walks almost every day for a couple miles. emoticon

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 6/15/2010 8:37PM

    Inga, this is a lovely birthday tribute to your mom. She's a beautiful lady and your parents are a great looking couple. They raised a wonderful daughter too....YOU!
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