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Sunday, February 17, 2013

I've been trying to de-clutter my life for years.

Not just the junk I've collected for nearly 50 years (OMG!)
but the emotional baggage, too.

My parents were pack rats, so I guess I come by it naturally. (Excuses, excuses!) And we were pretty darned poor, too, so we didn't toss something unless it was broken beyond repair. (More excuses!)

Today I have a day off, a day to myself, and I'm planning to do some de-cluttering. I have some empty boxes (yes, saved, God knows why) which I will now fill with stuff to be given away or donated, and some big trash bags for everything else I can part with.

Once I post this, I'll put on some upbeat music and get going!

Housework counts as exercise, right?

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  • BOPPY_
    *"Decluttering"* is exactly what I have done to my diet to simplify and control my eating over the last 88 weeks. I've eaten a lot of relatively plain skinless chicken breast, lean pork loin, small portions of extra lean beef, lots of fish and lots of plain, low-carb vegetables most especially winter squashes.

    This has not only reduced my calories intake, and been healthier, but it's made it a lot easier to track the food.

    As I've gotten more competent, I've slowly increased the options and complexity, venturing into restaurants, and more complex entrees and courses.

    I use the "word "competent", very guardedly, since I know I've got a long way to go before I feel comfortable with my food management skills. :-|

    Housework, BTB, does count as exercise, and it's rated higger in calories consumption than many of the other exercises I do. emoticon
    1889 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/18/2013 10:52:00 PM
    I do this once a year.... my parents were products of the great depression so they also tended to "save" things.... I vowed to never live like that ... So once a year I go through most everything, if I have not used it in the last year it gets donated to goodwill. I get the tax write off, my house gets cleaner, and goodwill employs people to go through others castoff stuff, and people can purchase others castoffs stuff relatively inexpensive.... everyone is happy .....!!!
    1891 days ago
  • DARLY55
    Good for you! Decluttering and weight loss go hand in hand in a way.
    Losing weight is ridding your body of unnecessary stuff, just like in your house. And when both are uncluttered, a wonderfully free feeling comes over you.
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    1891 days ago
    Good for you, I am a third generation hoarder and like you my goal this year is to finally succeed with decluttering my home and like you the emotional baggage we carry around. I wish you the best of luck with it :-)
    1891 days ago
    It sure does count as exercise!

    I have things that were my parents or grandparents that I have trouble parting with. Someone told me to take a picture and that way you'll always have the memories...I'm going to try it...someday

    Good Luck
    1891 days ago
    Wishing you a successful day! emoticon

    I consider de-cluttering a workout... which takes a few hours at the least! emoticon
    1891 days ago
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