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Losing weight is not the only way to feel lighter!

Monday, August 08, 2011

I've got to shout out to FlyLady.net for her amazing system!

I've been decluttering my office this month, 15 mins at a time. I was really shut down about this task because the office, though small, is where a LOT of paper clutter gathers. Since 2005 when I became ill, I have NOT been practicing good filing practices. As I go through my two 3 foot long drawers that are CRAMMED full of stuff - I'm amazed and what I'm finding. Old utility bills from as far back as 1998 when I moved into this house. Cell phone booklets from phones I had in the last millennia, a neighborhood directory from 14 yrs ago... Heck, half those people don't even live here any more!

So I've been sorting, shredding and recycling. It's a process - that's for sure. But with each paper that leaves my house, I'm lighter. Lighter in spirit - freed from this enormous albatross of STUFF that was deemed important but really is...well...NOT.

Cleaning out my file cabinet also gives me peace of mind that I know where my truly important documents are - my living will, my medical directives, my health records and the like. I know that if something should happen to me (and it could - I've had 3 close calls already) - I will NOT be leaving a legacy of junk and clutter for my friends and family to go through at a stressful time.

So THANK YOU to Flylady. Thank you for continuing to send out testimonials on people who've had to deal with the death of a loved one and all their possessions and clutter. My goal is to live lightly on this earth and leave as lightly as possible as well.

Next up - getting serious about end of life stuff - you know - fun stuff like what to do with my body, end of life celebrations, music, readings... It's one of those things no one likes to think about - but it's freeing to me to think I can have this set up so that it's as painless as possible for those I love.

Lest you think it's all morbidity over here - it's SO NOT. This experience is really freeing! It's brought my family closer together. It's pretty darn cool.

Peace out, Sparkies! I'm going to see if my shredder is up to tackling old paid bills from when I had a pager. A PAGER! That's such ancient technology! emoticon
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AKELAZ 11/10/2011 10:23AM

    Great to see you back blogging Jen - I've been 'away' from Spark for a while and have probably missed loads. I'm the worst hoarder in the world - well - I know one who's worse but that's another story. You have motivated me today to get back with the Flylady programme and I really thank you for that. I'm looking at a new possibility - have to have a project, me - which is textile art and I need to clear away a lot of the teaching stuff from one of my previous lives so that I can set out crafty bits and pieces - so much more inspiring than when they're not on show. Nightmare - but I've started - so I'll finish. You're quite right - losing pounds is NOt the only way to feel lighter.

Good luck with the rest of your office and BIG emoticon

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CHATTIEGIRL 9/1/2011 9:03PM

    Hi Jen;

I have been cleaning up my files and have to clean out closets and everything. Winter time is my time for that because I don't go out too much in the cold. I too believe in getting everything ready so my children don't have to go searching and will know just what to do. I have already paid for the head stone and have the will made out. Have what each child is to get out of my personal items. There will be no fighting over things like some families have because I have everything written out.
Stay with your healthy life style and have fun, love life and smile. Learn from Spark people each day.

Smile Joyce

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SPARKLISE 8/15/2011 1:39PM

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MOONBIRD 8/11/2011 11:51PM

    I love flylady. I think keeping my kitchen organized and clean makes it easier for me to eat healthier and want to cook. I also feel like it does make my life easier and better to have a clean organized and happy home!

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SUSIEMT 8/10/2011 8:57PM

    WooHoo Jen! If I would only follow your plan! Keep up the good work!

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THOMS1 8/9/2011 4:05PM

    I think we can all declutter our lives.
Thanks for the blog Jen. emoticon

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NCURTIS10 8/9/2011 10:28AM

    Yes, I need to do some major de cluttering in my office, my carand my house emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/9/2011 3:23AM

    I love a good chuck out emoticon twice a year I go through the house a room at a time and it feels amazing after I've done. But why do we accumulate so much in the first place emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 8/9/2011 3:07AM

    I love it....
It is great to declutter....i need to do that myself....lol....

I think it is great for us to put together our end of life celebration....it means the family don't have to do it and everyone knows whats requested....
go you....

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JILL313 8/9/2011 12:03AM

    I also need to de-clutter most of my house--LOL!! I've lived here over 30 years so you can imagine how much paperwork and yes old recipts I have in lots of different drawers. . .I hate to leave behind clutter for my family and you helped get me think right about that--thank you.

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ANIAIMER 8/8/2011 9:52PM

    You've inspired me. I need to get mine and my husband's put together. Sometimes the responsible thing is to be morbid for a while.

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KAYTIE22 8/8/2011 9:43PM

    I certainly need to do this too. I have a hard time parting with a lot of things and they pile up so fast. Glad it is working so well for you. You're doing a great job. I've seen the Flylady website and definitely need to pay her a visit. Thanks for sharing!

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REDHEADMOM2U 8/8/2011 9:22PM

    Love flylady!

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MEADSBAY 8/8/2011 9:14PM

    Great blog!
it took me an entire schhol year to clean out my classroom files and closets and pare down in anticipation of retiring 5 years ago- hard work but very freeing in the end.
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YES ! after having a couple of great days in a row, I too felt so enthused that I tackled some de-cluttering too. Between the 2, I felt the BEST in a long time.

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BLESSINGS !

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LISAWILLBEFIT 8/8/2011 8:19PM

    My friend had a close call and she got all her affairs in order.She says the same thing it is nice to have it all in plaace.

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DEBIGENE 8/8/2011 8:12PM

    Sounds like a great plan of attack, you're workin it girl !!!

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TINAT247 8/8/2011 8:03PM

    rofl great blog!

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SARAWALKS 8/8/2011 7:09PM

    It must be catching, I have been doing the same thing! Some of my backlog goes even further than 2005, more like 2000 when I moved into this house! (and of course I moved some stuff with me...say no more...)
Here's to the incredible lightness of being! (plagiarizing that title by Milan Kundera)
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