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Sounds like you are making headway---but I would advise not pulling everything out of multiple places ---like you said it overwhelms you and others----but glad you recognized the bad things you were doing to yourself as an excuse. Glad though that you are making progress---just don't pull anything else out until you finish with the mess you have already created.
I really would love to get in my spare room to do some reorganizing ---but my mom is staying with us right now so that is not going to happen. I still have to do my summer cleaning of my living room and plan to do that this week---in between all the doctor appointments this week---dh is not going to be happy but he is definitely going to have to help me today.

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Glad to hear that your job worked out the issue with the paperwork.

Getting rid of clutter is making a mess of my house. I've pulled everything out of everywhere and now have been trying to get it all cleaned up. I do have empty closets to start putting things in and have got rid of another van load. It just seems like it all takes forever. I can't wait to get done with at least some of this. I know I'll be working on my clothes for awhile.

I like watching hoarders too. It does make you feel better but every once in awhile someone will say something I can relate too. Before I started losing weight I was watching one where a women just felt so bad she wouldn't get up off her butt to help with the process. Every time there was a decision she needed to make she would go to bed with a headache or whatever. She just couldn't get around at all. It looked like me and it upset me terrible. I hated her whining butt but realized that I was acting a heck of a lot like her.

I would constantly remind people how uncapable I was to help or do anything. I had an excuse for everything. I hated seeing myself in this woman and it made me realize how I was acting. I guess sometime watching those kind of shows can do us good.

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That is good news. I think at a time like this, they realize that getting in paperwork is way down on our list of necessities or abilities to deal with.

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Joyce, glad to hear it all worked out. People can be great.

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emoticon for the encouragement and sharing ladies

I went in person to the Human Resources office and got the absences changed to FMLA so they don't count against me. They were actually very gracious about it.

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Joyce, hopefully they are considerate at your job---stress like that can be a problem. I got lucky that I did not need that paperwork filled out as I could come in some days and did not need to stay home for an extended time when my dh had his knee replacement---I made them put him in a rehab center as after seeing him in the hospital, I knew I could not take care of him at home.. But I did use quite a few sick days for my dh and my mom but they were sporadic---and I had over 9 weeks of sick leave built up---thank God that the school system allows us to build that up.
No, I don't think you are being morbid---it is a good question to ask ourselves---I know we have a lot of junk that my kids won't want that I treasure---like my Christmas house collection---I figure as I get older, I will find a place that would love to have them to set up and display for others to enjoy. I had on a hoarder show yesterday and my mom commented that she was not that bad---LOL---I said yes, it does make one feel better to know you are not like that but also makes you want to get rid of stuff.

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ASOBFALLS I was reading on the post that he was home. At least that should make life easier. Hopefully, you didn't get fired. I would think they would be understanding.

LECATES I really think I had to much to start with to do a total clean out but I want to try to be more of a minimalist. I've almost been a hoarder my whole life and now want to have a lot less. Every time I keep something I think "What will my kids do with this if I died and they had to clean this up"? I know it sounds morbid but it helps me get rid of things. I guess I realized that I'm not going to be around forever and I just don't need these stuff to hold me down. And yes, I am an extremest too. LOL

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Creating my own mess....
So busy with Hubby being in the hospital...so much on my mind...I called in daily to work emoticon
BUT FORGOT THE FMLA paperwork.....agghh now what? is that making enough absences to get me fired?
Well, I'll make some phone calls.... emoticon Hate it when I make my own life difficult!

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No way can someone get rid of everything at once---that is just too overwhelming for us clutter freaks---LOL---why we are often overwhelmed is that we look at the big picture instead of concentrating on small areas and eventually working our way up to having a lot less clutter. I think the only way to totally start over is that we have a castrophe that wipes everything out---and no one wants that to happen to anyone.
Great going for both of you on your books. We keep the ones we will reread and get rid of the rest---but I have a friend that has dumped a bunch of books on me---but as I read, I pass them on to someone else and tell them to not return them, just pass them on. But I need to stop playing on my tablet and get reading so that I can get them out of the house.

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Yes, I have been doing a clean out. I read the book "The life Changing Magic of Tiding Up". It says the same thing. Only keep what brings joy to you. I've almost got rid of all my books because I can get them so easy on my Kindle if I want to read them again. I do have some very old children's books that I hang on too and some antique books but all my paperbacks are gone. Besides if I really want them I can always go buy another one at a used book store. No reason for them to be on my shelves collecting dust.

I'm still working on my clothes. After I get this down to a dull roar I will then take more advice from the book. Her idea is to get rid of everything all at once. Too much work for me right now. I'll have to check out Sparking Joy. Maybe I will suggest it for my Book Club here on SP.

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I moved 5 years ago and had a garage sale and made $2,000 dollars. I just started going through things and getting rid of stuff. I had a full basement full of stuff plus 3 other bedrooms. It was crazy. I moved into a 2 bedroom triplex with a large storage room. I've been working on clearing out the storage room and my apartment. I want to have just what my 22 yr old son and I need or love. It feels so good to get things cleaned out. I think it would be hard to move with your husband! Sounds like a hard thing to do.

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I just joined this team, because I need it. I have a gigantic excess of nice stuff. A lot of it is antique related, and I have a great deal of trouble getting rid of that stuff. I am doing a big E-Bay sale, and having a garage sale in September. I think it will be pretty fun to sell some of the stuff that doesn't "Spark Joy" in my life.

If you have clutter and you do not know about the Sparking Joy book, at least look at it. This woman's philosophy is that ANYTHING you own, should spark joy when you hold it. If it does not, get rid of it, and let it spark joy for someone else.

She also suggests that you clean in a different way. Pick a group of things you have....I started with my thousands of paperback books, and organize them, and get rid of the ones that don't spark joy. It took me two weeks, but my paperbacks (I READ A LOT!!) are now in alphabetical order, and I have dumped 8 boxes of books. The hardbacks are my next job. Then the stuff I have in my storage room. Then the craft room. I, unfortunately, could go on forever, but you get the point. Do one job, then move to the next. It is working for me, and also giving me good exercise!!

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I thought, since I read SO many books, if I find a good one, I will mention it.

There is a set of three books by A. G. Riddle, the first is called "The Atlantis Gene". The premise of the books is that Atlantis is found, and it is what destroyed the earth a number of years ago, and it was a more advanced civilization than ours. A lot of the books are based on Edgar Casey, the Bible, a


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Set that timer---it helps to know you have a certain amount of time and can stop.
It helped that we were going to move---I did make him get rid of some stuff that he got mad about---musty smelling books---oh, my, he got soooo mad about that---but honestly, they were not keeper books anyhow.

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Thank you LECATES. I'm the one with the problem in my place. Other than the fact my dog feels like she needs too many toys. I wonder if you and your son started getting rid of stuff everyday if he would notice. Probably not. I believe though the more space you have the more things can fill it up.

I want to remove the smaller summer clothes that I will not fit into this year. Hopefully, next year they will be too big. It's hard finding time to declutter when I sometimes have problems doing normal things. I just need to start moving.

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Good for you in loosing so much. I would keep the smaller clothes though---like you said, it is expensive to replace your wardrobe as you lose---but definitely get rid of the larger things---but if you didn't love an item, maybe get rid of that, too. On dh's stuff---let me tell you a secret---my son and I would go thru stuff---things he would never miss as he never used them anyhow---and throw it away---we would put it in the bottom of the trash receptable and put other trash on top---and guess what, he has never missed an item we got rid of and doesn't even realize they are gone. Good for you in treating yourself to an inexpensive nail polish now and then---you deserve those kind of treats---so never feel guilty about doing something for yourself.

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Hi Everyone, My name is Yvonne. I've been struggling with clothes for awhile now. I'm now down to 4 large containers but still things need to go. I have from size 20 to 6x and have got rid of so much. I fill a bag and my son puts it in my van to go. I'm about a 28 now, which I suppose is still a 4x. I'm trying to save some lower sizes but the deal is, if I'm not into them by the end of summer I can let them go. I've lost 85 lbs so far. I doubt I will be wearing those cute shorts in Nov. So, not only cleaning out but sorting out too. I think I'm taking too much time but I really don't have money to dress me as I lose.

I believe when someone is working they should always have some money in their pocket and should buy something they really need once a month. Something like the chair when the old one can go out. Problem is if you actually have stayed married for many years without making it an issue it may be a slow process to get him to let loose some. I'm on disability so I try for a cheep nail polish or something I find for $1 at a garage sale. Then only the things I need.

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OH, I try to do something for my self at least every couple of weeks---I get paid 2x a month. I have Red Hats once a month and we usually go out to eat and then I try to go out with a friend. But money is a lot tighter since my dh is now on SS disability---once he starts getting some of his retirement money, it will be better.
My mom is doing well after the surgery---she came home yesterday but of course she was very sleepy yesterday.

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My sweet old mother pretty much had my two weeks off laid out for me as well but to be fair she spends a lot more money on me than I do on her. Example: I bought her lunch Tuesday and Wednesday; she bought me a new desk chair when she went in to Office Depot with me to get some printer paper.

Lecates, you should give yourself an allowance out of every paycheck. It is unfair for you to work and not have play money. Look at the team goals. You need to do one nice thing for yourself every week.

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Celebrating our 44th emoticon ANNIVERSARY today! emoticon
He gave me the nicest card; the front read, "My Wife, My Partner in Life"
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Oh, that sounds like fun. I used to do a lot of that. This summer is a summer of one doctor type appointment after another with my mom's health conditions and my dh's. Not a single appointment for me---except 4th weekend when I was sick---and I need to be going but my stuff is always put on the back burner---dh uses all our extra money for his complaints and never asks if I need to go somewhere. Thankfully I am off during the summer---work in the school system, otherwise all my sick leave would be used up by them.

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My cleaning has gone well. I wish had been doing that instead of wasting vacation time doing doctor appointments, none of which accomplished a dang thang. If I didn't require meds and eyeglasses, I would never go to a doctor again.

Today, I am going to intersperse my den cleaning with some embroidery, starting on my new appliqued doll quilt. I did one a few years ago in blues, pinks, and lavenders set together with a border of pink roses printed on navy blue and a secondary border of pink toile. It was gorgeous so I got the idea last year of doing another one, this time using Christmas colors, red and green. It took a year to gather the materials and get it started but today, here we go.

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I do the same thing---earn some more computer time between cleaning bouts---LOL

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Sounds like you've got quite a lot accomplished too Lecates. I've been working on the sitting room this morning. Its not 100% finished [some things will have to wait until I've sorted out other areas] but looking much better. I've started wearing my pedometer - almost 1500 steps covered just while I was doing the sitting room! I'm having a coffee break and then I think I'll do some more in the kitchen..........

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You did get quite a lot done! Congrats on those things accomplished.
I am almost finished my desk. A few things got place back on there that need to be dealt with---needed the table for dinner---but a lot got dumped, too. Think today it will be taking down the dining room and kitchen curtains and wash them, then I need to vacuum in the dining room and it will be done. I hope to start on the living room this week---either that or the little hallway leading to the bedrooms---that might be the best as part of the carpet is there and it would make sense to clean both before vacuuming. It won't take that long to do that area. I do plan on going and taking off donations today---my car is a mess with all that stuff in it.

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Byepounds, sorry to hear of your loss. I've kept cats ever since I had my own home. Each and every one of them was different and special.

My day absolutely didn't go to plan. However, I did clear out all the general/obvious rubbish from the sitting room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, and hallway. Plus all the 'recyclable' rubbish. Did 3 loads of laundry, plus every cup/mug/container/glass/dish/plate/pan/ite
m of cutlery is washed. Including the grill. And I made good progress with sorting out the kitchen cupboards.

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It would be fun to create a shadowbox with some of your favorite paper dolls to keep as a memento.
I have been cleaning the dining room this week---got some things ready to donate and gd's toys sorted---some for storage for future grandkids(I hope to have eventually). Next area to hit is my desk.

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No decluttering for me today as I have an optometrist appt. in Jacksonville which is 30 miles away, then to Lenscrafters in Tyler which is another 25. Going to work a little further down my summer shopping list while I am there, then it is the 50 miles back home. By the time I get here I will be knackered. But I have box number two pulled out from under the bed. I think it is full of paperdolls I started collecting a long time ago. If so, it goes back under until I retire next year and have the time to sell them on eBay or RubyLane. But at least I can run the dust mop under the bed and get rid of the bunnies.

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Our library Friends have a book sale about 3 times a year. I try to carry an armload every time I go. In fact, I have a new stack started for next week. I can declutter and help a good cause at the same time.

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Good for you! always great to recycle your old books in this manner.

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Usually once or twice a year I donate books to my local library to either place on their shelves or they sell to raise money. I have even donated books to a local nursing home for residents to enjoy. To me, books are worth a million dollars. Did I mention cookbooks????? emoticon

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Sorry about the loss of your pet.
Had another crisis with my mom this week---she fell and broke her left elbow---thankfully no surgery needed for it.
I have gotten my laundry area cleaned and clutter is gone from there and now starting on the kitchen---cleaning it takes quite a while as I take everything out, clean the insides, then reorganize the stuff as I put it in. Hopefully will get the kitchen done this week.

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I pushed my body today and it is screaming tonight! I hope that I can get out of bed tomorrow. emoticon
I did laundry today and it is all put away. My dishes are done and my clothes set out for tomorrow.

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Byepounds, so sorry for your loss, it never gets any easier. My little soul mate, Mickey Mouse, to your left died in 2011 and I still miss him so much. Hugs

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I'm so sorry for your loss. I know my day is coming with my dog and I can't imagine it.

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Sadly one of my cats passed away last week, and now, I'm cleaning the areas where she often was. Today's spot was a duffle bag under the dining room table. Before I could put it away, she claimed it for resting where she could rest while I was moving from kitchen to the bedroom.....today, I laundered the bag and it is drying ready to carry my things again.

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02/08/12--159
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7/07/12=6th anniversary
2012--lost 12 lbs this year!!!
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6/25/15 8:44 A

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Well, at least is relaxes you---but maybe you should get up and do 10 more minutes each time ---but sometimes you also need to rest---you know your body best.
Only thing I got accomplished yesterday was mowing the lawn---we went on some errands early on and it was such a nice day, I had to do outside stuff. I need to go take those curtains down and take them outside to shake and then clean the floors and the carpeting before I leave to take my mom to the heart doctor.

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Lecates, I always do at least 10 mins a day, but on those days it just relaxes me enough to sleep. I can't win. emoticon

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Those are the days you actually need the exercise to get the endorphins flowing---try doing 10 minutes at a time---even just setting the timer and walking in your house ---moving gets the oxygen flowing and it is amazing how much better and more alert you will feel.
Got a good start on my bedroom cleaning yesterday----threw away one bag of stuff, have medical stuff ready to go down to the basement for storage, and a few more items to add to the pile going to donation center.

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Texaslynn, when my 2 kitties wake me early (I wake at 4am no matter what-no alarm needed) I am walking around like a zombie the rest of the day. No exercise possible. emoticon

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Good idea to donate them somewhere so others can enjoy them, too. I have a friend who just gave me about 40 books---once I am done with each one, it gets taken to school for others to enjoy and they pass it around and then donate it somewhere. I do keep the ones I really love as I do reread the good ones later on.

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I took a short walk this morning and the rode the stationary bike for a bit. I am limiting my time due to the Fibro but I did it! I hope that I can get up one morning and join the exercise class here.
I am giving serious thought to doing away with some of my books. I do this every once in a while.

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Good for you---and give the little dog a pat on the head from me---LOL
Starting my summer cleaning in my bedroom today---today's challenge is my bedroom starting with my dh's dresser---which means he gets to help---if he chooses not to help, then some things just might disappear---LOL

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Got everything hung up in the closet that needed to be so as to avoid the Friday clothing piles. Since my little dog woke me up so early, I got in some extra exercise, read the Bible, and got to sip my coffee instead of gulp it. Thanks, P.

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Hope that helped and that you have some energy today.

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Fatigue has been pretty bad today so I have been resting and taking it easy.

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Sounds like you got a good amount done.
I start major cleaning after Wednesday when I am done for the school year.

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The back and GP are doing well right now. I have picked up the Living room, cleaned the kitchen and done some Sparking and Chair Dancing.
I took some books down to the community book shelves and put the rest of mine away.

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Sitting is not good for that nerve anyhow.

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Nola, I know what you mean. The sciatica means it is too hard to get up and do stuff, but not doing it is so stressful I feel that I'm in a catch 22. Hope you feel better soon.

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It means someone else got the mail and just piled it all up for you to deal with---LOL

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If any one finds the answer please message me!
Doing a little cleaning today. I am so tired from flares yesterday but need things to be straightened or I can't rest.

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okay question for the math genius among us, if 1 x 0 = 0 then why does no junk mail on the counter + 1 piece in the garbage = a stack of 5 overnight emoticon

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They do say that our clutter can interrupt our sleep patterns, esp. when we have it on our mind.

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Have to do some sprucing up in my storage room. Storing way too much! Couldn't get back to sleep early this AM, so ended getting up around 4 AM and starting moving stuff around.

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It was a Pinterest post

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Whoa, that is way too small---and do you have permission to copy and paste that. They do ask us to make sure we have permission to do that so there are not plagarism issues.

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