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and then just start!

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I've been working on the hoard in fits and starts! Got the frig cleaned out! Blood had collected in the bottom under the crisper drawer from a roast so I just went for it! Looks great. Only healthy food in there!

Also cleaned out 2 pantry cupboards, looking at baking supplies. Three out a whole lot of stuff! Bought new flour, sugar, brown and powdered sugar. (Stevia) Baked gumdrop cookies, fruitcake cookies and sugar cookies. Have rosettes and lemon cheesecake to make for later in the week.

Lots of good things on sale at the grocery store so putting together fruit baskets for friends! Got Honey Crisp apples for 99 cents per pound so loaded up! Filled the crisper drawer! Got some "halos"! I think it's funny they advertise them (and "cuties") for little kids but my senior citizen friends love them because of the small size and the easy peel feature! Found pluots (the small hybrid plum-apricot) for a great price per bag at Wal-Mart and some small pears in bags too! Will add in some nuts and a cookie and deliver them tomorrow!

Also have 6 grocery bags of books to take to the care center! I have a stack I'm going to wrap for me for under my tree from Santa and/or the dogs! I've been finding all kinds of things I bought myself and I'm determined to treat them like gifts! Lots of exercise equipment, books on exercise - even found a copy of "The Spark", Montana history books, biographies, journals, just a whole lot of things that brought a smile to my face as I found them in the stacks!

I haven't decorated my house for Christmas for over 15 years! I finally went through all the decorations last year and donated most of them! My husband was such a "Father Christmas" and he loved to decorate to the hilt. After he died I just couldn't deal with it! So even if I don't get it out together until February , I'm on a mission to get the living room all cleaned up! Walls and ceiling washed. New blinds in the windows! Draped hung. Book shelves organized! Furniture replaced with stuff in the garage and the new recliner I bought at last year's Black Friday sale finally moved in and set up! I'm motivated and will open "my presents" when it's all done!

It's only one room! I'm sure I can do it! Merry Christmas to ME!

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I'm working on my list. I have been doing really well about getting one important project done each day. Tonight, when I log off, I am going to work on my bills for harvest so hopefully I can turn them into Jan tomorrow or the next day.

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I needed to get that car running before the snow! Need to get it cleaned out! I've been using it almost like a storage shed and ashamed to say I have things in the trunk I brought back from Oregon 2 years ago in October! emoticon Big storm predicted here to start Thursday night so tomorrow is probably my last chance to get the big window a/c unit out & storm window up. It's just so darn windy! No more excuses!

Just read the lesson for day 5 or 6 on the new start page & it talks about lists & dopamine increases with checking things off! I need to do them. I've resisted the changes & only just now started using the new page!

I'm feeling much more positive and confident since I got the car battery installed and the engine block all put together with no extra nuts, bolts or screws and it fired right up!

I know what you mean about the things we are taught as children that don't serve us too well as adults. I got Louise Hay book on loving yourself and working in it.

The homework is a great idea. I did that w/my therapist in Chicago very successfully. The last one I had I just never really made a good connection with. She was more about meds than talk & I didn't want meds. It takes me a long time to trust. But I am going to check into finding a new one.

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I luv my crockpot.

Here comes the snow.... :(

Edited by: BECCABOO127 at: 11/15/2018 (03:34)
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I always had a favorite room too! The door would be closed to that room. My mom used to tell me to just junk up my bedroom as no one sees that but keep the rest of the house clean. I strive to do that daily, but sooner or later I have to do my bedroom! Tame the paper tiger, too.

I moved around my bedroom furniture and found the out take vent. It was totally covered in a big dust ball!

My mom blocked almost every vent in the house with furniture. I moved stuff around and freed the vents! I cleaned all the vents too. I miss the stamina I used to have, but I work with whatever energy I have. :)

I still wish I had a magic wand...lol.

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emoticon Yes, Janet, my "deal with it later" pile eventually turned into a whole room of "deal with it later" . Still working on it. Harder now with the closure of the Salvation Army store here. I was getting pretty good at taking a loaded backseat down & dropping it off. Even after this recent rummage sale at the senior center we boxed stuff up and are taking it to a bigger town 120 miles south of here.

I feel like I just move it from one room or pile to another one. But I know I am making some progress!

I think the list will be a tangible way to see that! Too often I spend time on something that no one else would ever see and somehow that feels like I wasted that time, even though I know I didn't!

Bet your friend will enjoy the bread machine. I'm pretty good about not buying new kitchen equipment. Everyone keeps telling me I need an Instant Pot. I love my crock pots so not even tempted!

Yes, I did almost daily retail therapy for a few years and still feeling the effects of it. Have been so proud of myself for stopping!

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11/14/18 9:23 P

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@BECCABOO127 - LOL...the breadmaker. I have one of those to give away. I think a girlfriend has an interest. It's hers to play with if she wants it.

I have a tendency to save stuff until later or to put it into piles to deal with later. I need to make this stuff go away. Worked on some of this in my favorite room to "stash" stuff.

How do you decide what to keep or get rid of? Isn't it crazy how we collect stuff. I used to do retail therapy....thank goodness I lost this habit many years ago. I think I'm going to make Saturday a donation day. My goal will be to get a car full of stuff.

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It is supposed to help to actually check off a list! I think it raises the dopamine level in the brain. Anyway, the actually physical act of checking it off releases the dopamine! I read research on that issue

emoticon idea!

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emoticon I'm glad that your chairs found a good home. I DO love that feeling. It's also a good feeling that even though it took longer than we anticipated, when the chore is done or the goal is met, we need to give ourselves a pat on the back! I have some weeks where the goals are the same over and over and over...and it does feel great when things work out.

I am going to actually sit down and make a list of all the things that need to be done so that I can check things off and get that feeling of accomplishment. I also see things - like in the laundry room downstairs that need to be done...and then completely forget until the next time I am down in the laundry room!! So hopefully the list will also help with that.

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We wish Lou the best. emoticon

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I was reading back thru the posts where I vowed to get rid of two chairs. We placed them at curbside finally and a nice young couple came by to pick them up! The chairs (well made) were from the 70s but they were in great condition! It always does my heart good when I see someone benefit from something I didn't need anymore.

I gave my bread maker to my niece. I had never used it, and now I eat lower carb. She was happy to get it.

My niece got a chair that is really retro and she liked the cover. Again, a chair made like concrete...last forever practically.




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11/14/18 8:28 P

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Sadly, Lou has left the team. I sent him a Spark Mail with the same apology that I posted here in this thread and he has not responded.

I also read through the whole thread and found that I had posted the article just about this time last year, on 11/25/17. Same exact article as the link that Lou shared. So I feel bad that he thought my comment was snarky, but I do have to admit that I did smile when I saw it and realized that that might be why the information seemed so familiar. I think we read so much of the same stuff. The backward hangers, the timer method, the one bag a day, the 3 box or 4 box method. I think what I am really looking for is the motivation not the method. I know how to do it, I just don't know why it's so hard to do it.

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Thank u for posting, Lou!

I like the four box method that my sis taught me. I used it to help my other sis. I also like the trash bag method which works well for me when decluttering.

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11/13/18 9:47 P

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Lou, I am so sorry that you feel belittled and discounted. I reread what I posted and don't get that impression at all and feel bad that you do? I thought it was a good article and if you noticed, I even put a mention in the top line so other team members would check it out.

I completely agree that reading the same things in different ways works! Different versions of the same thing. I certainly never meant to imply it wasn't valuable, useful information. It was and is - or I would not have commented at all nor posted at the top so other members might find it more easily.

I'm sad that somehow your feelings were hurt. It certainly was not my intention to dismiss your sharing nor your participation which I have always valued. I'm sorry that you don't know that. You've been on the team longer than I have and I have always valued your posts and insights. I hope you will reconsider leaving the team. I wish there was a way to make you understand that I didn't mean "old news" - which were your words, not mine.
Written words don't always translate into the way we would speak the same words. Once again, I'm so very sorry and I sincerely apologize that your feelings were hurt.
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If I sound bitter it is because I am over your first reply. When you said there was nothing new, that also means it's old news, despite you finding one tip of them all that may help you.

I will not be posting anymore for fear you will belittle whatever it is I think is of interest to the team's members, and I will be leaving the team.

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Not old news at all, Lou. I read blogs & books & articles all the time (probably one of the main reasons I still live in the midst of all this clutter). Most things are the same, but like you said, put in a different way it catches you. Like the 12-12-12 thing caught me!

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Sorry you thought the tips in the article were old news. Sometimes reading or hearing things in a different way finally hits home.

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emoticon Thanks, Lou! Not really any new info there but a couple things that will motivate me in the coming days. I'm going to try the 12-12-12 method. I think 36 items at a time is a great goal for quick decluttering and this is certainly the time of year that donations can make a real difference in people's lives!

Again, thanks for sharing!

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11/12/18 9:10 P

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10 Creative Ways to Declutter:

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I know a lot of things 'should' go...it's just getting them out of here! But at least I'm making huge progress at not bringing in more!! Right now that's the 'win' I'm counting. Now that work is slowing down I will get back to working on the mess. Lots of projects but I've done a fair job of just keeping up with the daily tasks..which is also good for me!

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I love the article at the beginning of this post. I suppose my bread maker should probably go! I seldom even eat any bread any more!

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emoticon It's always interesting to me what prompts someone to get started. That seems to be the hardest part. We all want to do it and know we should do it, it's just finding the motivation to do it!! Bless the cats for helping you out!!
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Cats used one box as a scratching post and scratched through it so tapes fell out of it. As I picked them up I to put in another box I sorted them according to those I had watched and didn't want to watch then did the same with the books.

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So Lou, what prompted you to start going through them?

emoticon on getting through them and passing them on!

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emoticon emoticon A great accomplishment!

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People give me lots of VHS movies and books.

Finally, last week I went through many boxes of each sorting through those I have watched and read and those I didn't want to watch or read.

Ended up with 204 tapes and two boxes of books to donate or give away.

Kept two empty boxes for the cats to play in and recycled the others.

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Jan called me this morning to give me the 'heads up" that we would probably be starting harvest the last Sunday in July (my mom's 85th birthday!). Also that there would be 4 more guys on the crew this year.

That will motivate me like nothing else to get the kitchen walls and ceiling washed and get the rest of the cupboards cleaned out. I just washed the table cloths I use on the folding tables and dried them in the sun. Have a milk crate of silver ware and melamine plates and serving pieces so need to go through and check to make sure I have plenty. I wash the dishes every night instead of using plastic and styrofoam. It's a relaxing way to end the day...and usually the eggs are simmering for deviled eggs for the next day!

Not looking forward to that stinky hard-boiled egg smell every day...but glad they like them so much.

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fantastic!

I spent the day getting apps and virus program installed on sis' two new electronics!

I am still ill but me morning blood glucose is much better. Hopefully I am over the illness hump.

Enjoy your weekend!

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It was supposed to hit 94 today so I felt like I just had to get into that little bedroom and get the window a/c going. That was how I started. I've made some good progress but lots left to do!

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Great!

I just started five minutes a day with my bedroom a few days ago. It is working to get certain areas in shape or at least not let them get worse.

I don't worry what I will accomplish. I just spend the five minutes.

There is less dust and more walkable space.

Best of all, I don't stress myself out thinking about what I will tackle next!

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

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12 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home
Sponsored by Joshua Becker, the author of The More of Less May 4, 2016 5:43 AM

A simplified, uncluttered life comes with its fair share of benefits: less to clean and organize, less stress, more money, and more energy for things that matter.

But many people get stumped about where to begin. The mere mention of decluttering makes them feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated.

The decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. In fact, with the right attitude and method, it can become an enjoyable process for nearly everyone.

Give some of these 12 creative ways to declutter your home a try:
1. Give yourself five solid minutes.
Set a timer and see how much you can declutter in five-minute increments. Clear a counter, a shelf, or a drawer. Give it a shot—you might be surprised by how much you can accomplish in such a short amount of time.

2. Give away one item each day.
In doing so, you’d remove 365 things from your home over the course of a year. Take pictures of the items and post them on social media. To make it more challenging, remove two things every day or incrementally increase the number each day.

3. Fill one box/bag.
Grab an empty box and see how quickly you can fill it for Goodwill. You’ll probably be wishing you’d used a bigger box once the whole process is over and your space feels refreshed.

4. Try a closet hanger experiment.
Turn all your clothes hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it with the hanger facing the correct direction. In three months, you’ll have a clearer picture of which clothes you wear and which ones you don’t.

5. Make a list.
Create a list of places in your home to declutter, starting with the easiest. When you’re done with one area, stop. Celebrate. And commit to tackling the next area at a later date.

6. Try the 12-12-12 Challenge.
Quickly locate 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home. On more than one occasion, this challenge became a quick competition between my wife, my kids, and me.

7. Change your perspective.
Start changing the way you think about clutter. Take photos of your rooms, invite over a toddler, or ask the boss to meet in your office. These actions cause us to see our things in a new light.

8. Experiment with less.
My new book, The More of Less, has an entire chapter dedicated to challenging our assumptions by experimenting with less. For example, Project 333 encourages people to wear only 33 articles of clothing for three months. You can adjust the rules as necessary, but the important thing is to challenge yourself for a brief period of time to see what you learn.

9. Use your imagination.
Ask yourself questions like, “If I was buying this now, how much would I pay?” or, “If I was moving into a smaller home tomorrow, would I take this object?” These creative techniques can be helpful for someone having a difficult time removing clutter.

10. Ask yourself why.
When decluttering a room, start with the question, “Do I need this?” Then, add a second question with each item you touch: “Why do I own this?” The answers that come up might surprise you, and they’ll provide valuable insight about what to keep and what to remove.

11. Try the Four-Box Method.
Enter a room with four boxes: trash, give away, keep, and relocate. Next, place every item from that room into one of the four categories—don’t skip over any items.

12. Set physical boundaries.
When it comes to kids’ stuff, establish clear physical boundaries they can see. For example: Toys must fit along the wall, in this toy box, or on those shelves. As their stuff begins to extend beyond those established boundaries, empower your children to make decisions about what to keep and what to remove.

No matter which method you choose to get started, take your first step with excitement. There is a beautiful world of freedom and fresh breath hiding beneath your clutter. How you remove it is up to you.


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I think this is a great flow chart, Lou!! I also liked what she said about the different kinds of "legacies". I think many of us are left with the junky kind and just can't let go. At least that is my experience. Thanks for sharing!

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Wow! Thanks. Short and sweet!

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You probably won't look at "things" the same again after reviewing this flow chart, I didn't:

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Great article, Lou! Thanks for sharing!!

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Is procrastination one of your roadblocks as it is one of mine? These tips may help:

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Wow! You really got a lot done! I got so much done yesterday that I kind of slacked off today. Read and napped and now am going to work on the kitchen. I am glad to be getting rid of so much stuff in the kitchen. There is a Saturday craft/vendor show during December and one of the things they are collecting money or items for is the Women's Shelter. They asked for kitchen items and used clothes....so a great way to get rid of more stuff. I don't usually buy anything at those kind of sales. Most of that multi-level marketing stuff is just overpriced crap to me. So not in danger of retail therapy if I wander around. Nothing I want and they never have used books so I'm safe. I think the 1st Saturday is canned goods for the food bank and the 2nd Sat is for the shelter. I'm leaving the 5th so will take it either this coming Saturday or just drop off at their offices.

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Great article!

Sis and I dejunked most of the back porch and I have the freezer unpacked.

I dejunked two large kitchen cabinets today--mainly maintenance dejunking. Found old plastic containers which I recycled.

I am feeling punk today, so I am proud of doing even that.

I dislike feeling like I am drowning in stuff.

I have a plan for my bedroom. I am going to place items in Ziploc bags with a note of what it is. I will then place the Ziploc bags in a plastic container to stack them against a wall. I am working on not bringing more stuff into the house. I was doing well for months, and then fell off the wagon for the past few days. Drat!

I throw away any old stuff or items I know I don't like or use. I will be left with items to use up.

My one good purchase was a new electric water pic. The battery powered one just wasn't cutting it anymore. It works great to keep the area around my implant healthy.

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12 Tips for Decluttering
Sponsored by Joshua Becker, the author of The More of Less May 4, 2016 5:43 AM

A simplified, uncluttered life comes with its fair share of benefits: less to clean and organize, less stress, more money, and more energy for things that matter.

But many people get stumped about where to begin. The mere mention of decluttering makes them feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated.

The decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. In fact, with the right attitude and method, it can become an enjoyable process for nearly everyone.

Give some of these 12 creative ways to declutter your home a try:
1. Give yourself five solid minutes.

Set a timer and see how much you can declutter in five-minute increments. Clear a counter, a shelf, or a drawer. Give it a shot—you might be surprised by how much you can accomplish in such a short amount of time.
2. Give away one item each day.

In doing so, you’d remove 365 things from your home over the course of a year. Take pictures of the items and post them on social media. To make it more challenging, remove two things every day or incrementally increase the number each day.
3. Fill one box/bag.

Grab an empty box and see how quickly you can fill it for Goodwill. You’ll probably be wishing you’d used a bigger box once the whole process is over and your space feels refreshed.
4. Try a closet hanger experiment.

Turn all your clothes hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it with the hanger facing the correct direction. In three months, you’ll have a clearer picture of which clothes you wear and which ones you don’t.
5. Make a list.

Create a list of places in your home to declutter, starting with the easiest. When you’re done with one area, stop. Celebrate. And commit to tackling the next area at a later date.
6. Try the 12-12-12 Challenge.

Quickly locate 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home. On more than one occasion, this challenge became a quick competition between my wife, my kids, and me.
7. Change your perspective.

Start changing the way you think about clutter. Take photos of your rooms, invite over a toddler, or ask the boss to meet in your office. These actions cause us to see our things in a new light.
8. Experiment with less.

My new book, The More of Less, has an entire chapter dedicated to challenging our assumptions by experimenting with less. For example, Project 333 encourages people to wear only 33 articles of clothing for three months. You can adjust the rules as necessary, but the important thing is to challenge yourself for a brief period of time to see what you learn.
9. Use your imagination.

Ask yourself questions like, “If I was buying this now, how much would I pay?” or, “If I was moving into a smaller home tomorrow, would I take this object?” These creative techniques can be helpful for someone having a difficult time removing clutter.
10. Ask yourself why.

When decluttering a room, start with the question, “Do I need this?” Then, add a second question with each item you touch: “Why do I own this?” The answers that come up might surprise you, and they’ll provide valuable insight about what to keep and what to remove.
11. Try the Four-Box Method.

Enter a room with four boxes: trash, give away, keep, and relocate. Next, place every item from that room into one of the four categories—don’t skip over any items.
12. Set physical boundaries.

When it comes to kids’ stuff, establish clear physical boundaries they can see. For example: Toys must fit along the wall, in this toy box, or on those shelves. As their stuff begins to extend beyond those established boundaries, empower your children to make decisions about what to keep and what to remove.

No matter which method you choose to get started, take your first step with excitement. There is a beautiful world of freedom and fresh breath hiding beneath your clutter. How you remove it is up to you.

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Great idea. I am also working on that. I had to do a 'fill-in' job for 2 1/2 weeks and it involved getting up early in the morning. I am a night shift person so it has been a struggle. Today is the first day I didn't have to get up and go to work but I was up at 8 a.m. anyway. Easier to get outside work done in cool mornings. Plus it's nice to be on the same kind of schedule as 'normal people'. So I am going to try to keep working 8 hours a day...only on my own stuff instead of for someone else. The pain in my ankles and knees from standing on cement floors for 8 solid hours is mostly gone so it will be easier to get back to walking and doing some of the painting and things I need to get done!

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I need to make myself a schedule of when I am going to do what. Including shopping exercising and daily decluttering.

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I need to dust in my bedroom...big time!



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I keep changing my mind about what I want to use spaces for. Today I am going to tackle some boxes of clothes I stored last fall.

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I vow to get rid of two chairs and an old tv from the back porch on the day before trash day.

I would like to de clutter the back porch. Part of it will store extras from the kitchen, extra baby food for the dogs, extra water for us. The other part will have a reclining bike. I'd like to watch tv back there too while I am exercising.

We want to put in a freezer back there too, a small one at some point.

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Gonna just start in a corner in the kitchen today. Want to get everything spiffed up along that wall so I can move some stuff around-but the floors and wall need to be cleaned first!

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Wonderful!

I've been laying low due to illness. I have slowed down on bringing things into the house significantly though.

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When you are inspired by a dream, create a good plan; that turns it into a goal.
Then, live your life in a way that will bring that dream, that goal, to life. The magic is you.”
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Today I just 'started' in a corner that has been bothering me for months!

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Sure thing. :)

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This might be one way to get started! Join me on March 1st???

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emoticon I shampooed my bedroom carpet today and shampooed where the pets overflow when using their piddle pads.

I told sis I just want the house to function right!

I do notice less stuff cluttering my bedroom tables. Yay!

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Today I am setting the timer and getting started...just 'priming the pump' so to speak!

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And I really like the idea if the presents!

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I posted a little motivational blurb a couple daze ago on spark pages about 'priming the pump'. Not waiting for the motivation but just getting busy doing and the motivation will follow. It has proved true for me this week. I was just not in the mood but kept plucking and purging and feel like I've made a dent!

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I need more fun in my life too. I have lots of presents I bought for myself to help create fun. I have put them in a box that I will wrap and give to myself when I complete the decluttering process. Probably be getting lots of Christmas presents from Santa this year!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I worked at organizing my craft space today. I am very excited, and trying not to buy too much stuff. I just need a little to get started. I plan on having fun with it. I need more fun in my life.

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Today I just picked up the first thing I came too and went from there for 30 minutes!

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NO EASY WAY

"Life is difficult" are the first three words in the book, The Road Less Traveled. Those of us who are Messies can say a hearty "Amen" to that. Living with mess is hard and getting rid of it seems harder still.

Accept the fact that there is no easy way out of this. You will have to put forth effort that will tire you. You will have to do drudge work of moving and toting things. Worst of all, you will have to make hard decisions to discard beloved items. You will have to stress your brain to decide where to store what you keep.

And you will have to change your habits of behavior. Like putting things up immediately as you finish with them, of straightening as you go, of not letting messes begin. You will have to deny yourself things that charm you for the moment but bring disorder in the long run.

Life will be harder if we do not accept the fact we cannot make changes easily. But with more effort and more discipline, we will find a life of order, beauty, and harmony we had never dreamed existed.

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Freeing up space

Posted: 25 Aug 2016 02:36 PM PDT

I talk a lot about freeing up space in cupboards, closets, shelves and floors. No one ever seems to have questioned me as to what all this space is being freed up for. What is the point in having empty spaces on shelves or floor space that could hold furniture to store or organise all your stuff.

Given that you don’t need to declutter anything if you don’t want to then I could understand why this would come into question. However you wouldn’t even be entertaining the thought of decluttering if being cluttered was working for you.

One thing for sure, that I have mentioned before, is that everything we own requires some sort of maintenance. So the more we own the more effort we have to put in to caring it. If we aren’t doing that our homes would be a pigsty and some of our stuff will perish prematurely from lack of care. This explains why less stuff is less bother, but it still doesn’t answer the question ~ Why free up space when it is there to be used?.

I have two answers to that question.

Firstly. Like the stuff itself, the spaces where we keep it require maintenance. The dust, grime and wear and tear of everyday life needs to be kept in check in order to retain a clean and functional environment to live in. So the less stuff cluttering up these spaces the easier it is to remove it in order to clean and maintain the hardworking surfaces underneath. And also, the less punishment those surfaces endure, due to a lighter load, the less maintenance they will require. The end result being ~ less labour and or less expense.

And my second, but no less important, reason for freeing up space is that the less stuff crammed into a space the easier it is to find and retrieve what you need from it. Once again this saves time and energy. It is so much easier to organise, and maintain organisation, in a space that isn’t jam packed with stuff. The minute you start piling things high and deep, that aren’t exactly the same, time is added to the retrieval process. And likewise, the difficulty returning items will add to the likelihood of messiness taking hold.

It makes me wonder sometime why cupboards, particularly in the kitchen, are build so deep. Pantries are often poorly designed for their function. Designed for maximum storage yes but functionality no.

Could I cram more stuff into the cupboards in my house? Sure I could. Do I want to do that and make life difficult for myself? No, absolutely not. And I especially don’t want to do it with a whole pile of stuff that would get used very seldom. The funny twist to this story is that a lot of what was cluttering up my home in the past was stuff supposedly designed to make my work load lighter. But in actual fact it was adding to the problem not solving it.

Life is much simpler for me now and it can be for you too.

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More from the book "The Hoarder in You" by Dr. Robin Zasio.
"Some people have certain rooms in their homes that are more cluttered than others, or particular areas - clothes or financial paperwork - that they have a hard time organizing. As you read through Chapter 8, you will likely see yourself in several of the scenarios; what's important to this process is to take the best and leave the rest. That is, not every bit of advice, tip, or rule is going to apply to you or work well for you. There is no single right way to declutter or organize that works for everyone, so stay close to what feels right for you and your environment and your mind will feel clearer in no time."

***I love this!

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The following is from the book "The Hoarder in You" which I am posting in one of the forums on the team. I am trying to use this 'greater good' perspective as a motivator to get started. I also found some interesting ideas in the book "It's Just Too Much" that is also about hoarding and by Peter Walsh from one of the hoarder shows on TV. In the very beginning (and this book is much more a manual about HOW to get rid of the clutter" the first question to ask is not about 'the stuff' but your vision for you life and for your home. And so if it doesn't fit into the vision it has to go! Much easier said than done but both points of view are helping me although I would just rather work in the yard or read a book than deal with the mess!

"THE GREATER GOOD PERSPECTIVE SHIFT as a concept to help as part of the CBT therapy for people with anxiety disorders. Says "I think of it as a pop-up window in the brain that can give someone a little extra incentive and strength to do the hard work toward reaching her goals."

"The idea is simple, but powerful: At any given moment, when you are making decisions based on avoiding anxiety, it's helpful to tap into your 'Greater Good' - a larger goal that can benefit you or others and that, in calmer moments, you feel is more important than simply avoiding anxiety. In doing that, you can reframe your decision making so that you can opt for bigger, long-term benefits, rather than merely staving off your anxiety in the short term. The Greater Good is a version of keeping your eyes on the prize."

"This way of thinking can be particularly difficult for people with anxiety disorders, or anyone, really, who has anxiety about particular things, as most of us do. People in a state of anxiety see the world differently in the moment than they would if they weren't feeling anxious; they are so worried about unknown future outcomes that they do things in the present to try to control the future, when in fact what they're fearing may never transpire, and what they are doing may not alter any future outcome. More important, they're not enjoying their experience in the present. Anything that will relieve the anxiety seems like the 'right' answer in the moment.
That's because anxiety makes a person's world seem black and white, and so too are the 'default' choices the anxious person weighs: There's 'right vs. wrong' or 'good vs. bad'. As seen through the distorted lens of anxiety, 'good' choice are those that reduce fear and alleviate doubt; 'bad' choices are those that increase fear and introduce doubt. 'Bad' choices are those that increase fear and introduce doubt."

"Because compulsions temporarily reduce fear and/or doubt, they are almost always seen by an anxious person as good choices. But they are only good for alleviating or avoiding anxiety in the moment or short term. They don't serve the Greater Good, nor do they let the anxiety sufferer live a calm life. By introducing the idea that there is a Greater Good to strive for - a purpose or a service that is more motivating than the fear and doubt that anxiety breeds - the person not only learns to acknowledge her anxiety, but to ultimately make more productive decisions, including those essential to overcoming hoarding."

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If you're not using it and it's still 'good' (or useful) than you are already wasting it. And if you don't6 love it enough to keep it clean and in a place of honor you might just think of sending it to a home where someone else will! Those two things help me when trying to decide to keep or donate!


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wow! That was really and interesting concept....so much to think about....all at once. Somehow I will learn how to do it.

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I am a lot like you I want to start so badly inside myself. I just do not know how to make myself start or where to start!!!!!! It is so frustrating that I just cry sometimes. which gets me no where. How does one know how to start such a huge monster of a project or where?

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How do you get yourself to donate things that are still useful and good without feeling guilty?

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I just re-read that and still haven't started on the closet!!

I spent most of my time yesterday outside getting plants into containers and replanting ones in containers that were too small. I need to be working inside, not outside but it had to be done. I still have not cleared the doorway to the room where the portable air conditioner is and cleared a space to put it over by the window in the big room where it needs to go and that was my goal for yesterday?

I always buy plants and seeds that end up in the garbage because I don't get them planted. It's really bad right now because all the greenhouses are closing for the season and the stuff is on sale so cheap or free that I just can't resist. But it has to go in the ground or garbage because it's too hot and it will die. So I spent all my time planting instead of making sure me and the dogs could sleep in the cool. I had to put the big box fan in the window but it was bad with all the firecrackers going off all night. Nervous dogs do not make for good sleep for Linda!!

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I need to get started on clothes too! Can't even get into the walk-in closet as so much stuff is piled in front of it. I am putting my dressy winter holiday clothes in boxes to store for my upcoming Christmas trip! Plus trying to get some clothes for my mom to take on her cruise in a couple of weeks. But first need to get the kitchen shaped up.

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This week my main focus has been sorting clothes. Donating some & giving some to nursing home residents. Next week , I will continue with shoes. We went to community garage sale yesterday & yes, I bought some things. Mostly books & blankets. I have 2 dogs that shed & it is easier to buy used ones & pitch them instead of trying to get hair off.


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Today I am going to start at the frig and work my way around the room.

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Yes, I have been feeling overwhelmed with no energy & lots of house & yard work. I didn't deal with it until a few weeks ago.

I have hired a young lady to come help me a few hours each week. she climbs on the stool & gets things I can't reach. I clean them & decide if I want to keep or donate. We are basically doing one room at a time. Since she is helping me clean, I am more optimistic that I will be able to handle decisions about my "things". Most of which I have got at many, many garage sales.

Hide under the covers another day. Get out of the house if you need to. You got this.

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I'm feeling really overwhelmed. I just don't know where to start and don't want to start. I just want to hide under the covers or head out of the house. How do any of you deal with this feeling or just wait for it to pass?

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For us to release the stress and stuff we’ve been carting around forever, we need to shift our mindset away from the idea of effort, struggle, or “getting rid of.”

For clearing to be easy, fun, and lasting, we need to undo the notion that we need to “do.”

In the end, it’s not about the mismatched socks, the mountains of paper and store catalogues teetering your desk, or the to-do tasks that never get done…

It’s not about the juggling of a million things all at once, the fact that you’re not getting enough sleep, or have zero time for your self…

It’s not about your family that doesn’t pitch in to help out, your crazy boss, or your neighbor’s dog that barks all night…

It’s not about fixing something, managing, getting rid of…

It’s not about what you observe as a problem, or the desired outcome.

Clearing is not about any of those things.

Here’s what clearing is:

Clearing is an opportunity to bring compassionate awareness to the places in your home and life that are out of balance.
Clearing is a journey that can be messy, and meandering; a journey that doesn’t always add up, make sense, or go in a straight line.
Clearing is a daily practice that starts where you are.

The real goodies with clearing is in how you embrace the gucky stuff that arises when you clear: your attachments, fears, overwhelm, confusions, stucknesses…

“Embracing” – as in tuning in to how you feel without judging the feelings as bad.

Or taking them personally.

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Today I just started at the top of a pile and continued until I could see the floor!

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Had some interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing, Lou!!

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I have found this site's newsletter valuable:

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Declutter Decision Making Guide
Questions to ask yourself when you are deciding what stays and what goes when decluttering

How long since I last used this:- If you are keeping an item just because maybe you mightneed it some day then it is probably clutter.
Is it still useful to me:- Do I still use this item or even participate in the activity that this item is used for if not then it’s clutter.
Is it in working condition:- If an item is broken and you do not have the expertise to repair it or you are not prepared to pay the price to have it fixed then it is clutter.
How many do I have and how many do I need:- If you have multiples of a certain item but only ever need one then it is most likely clutter.
Do I need this item for the information it contains:- So much information is right at your finger tips these days on your computer and it is constantly updated do you really need to keep a library of books whose information may or may not stand the test of time.
Do I like it:– If you are keeping something that was given to you even though you do not like it, it is definitely clutter.
Do I really need this item in order to remember good times or lost loves:- If it is an item that has purely sentimental value yet you never get it out and look at it then there is a good chance you don’t need it to remind you of the good times you had and the wonderful people you have known. If it means so much to you put it out where you can see it if not let it go.
Am I keeping this item out of guilt:- I paid a lot of money for this so I hope one day I will get my money’s worth out of it (old hobbies, sporting equipment, expensive clothing all fall into this category). These are the items you need to cash in on now and sell while they are still useful to someone else.
Do I want to clean it:- Any item out on display will require dusting at least.
Do I want to store it:-Do you have the space to store this item or is it just taking up precious space you can’t afford.
Do I want to move it out of the way when looking for something else:- The more items you have taking up space in your home the more likely they are going to get in the way of each other forcing you to have to shuffle things around when you do have cause to use them.
Does it have a real purpose other than looking pretty:-This one speaks for itself. Although I like to have some nice objects to enjoy just for their appearance there is a limit to how many if any I can accommodate or justify.
Will I be tired of it in six months:- This is a good question to ask before even acquiring an item in the first place.
Do I want to pack and unpack this item when we move in a couple years:- This is a critical question for anyone who tends to move location on a reasonably regular basis due to work commitments for example.
If this item had been taken from you and sold to a pawn shop (by a junkie friend or an evil in-law, whatever) would you buy it back? :- I bet there will be a lot of items that you wouldn’t waste your money on, however low the cost. These are the things that need to go! (Thanks Gogol for this tip) The same could be said for an item were it to break would you replace it or be secretly relieved that is is gone and you didn’t have to make the decision to declutter it.
“What the heck are you and what on earth is your purpose?:- If you find you need to ask this question of an object then it could very well be clutter but I advise checking with every member of the family first because it could very well be an important part to something. Chances are thought it is rubbish. (Thanks go to Toffee for this addition to the list)

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Having a dream... Courage. emoticon

Visualizing your dream... Persistence. emoticon

Physically moving towards your dream... Guts. emoticon

Letting go of the "cursed hows"... Wisdom. emoticon

The look on your friends faces when they see your lovely organized home... Priceless. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sorry it took me so long to respond! Been on vacation in Oregon since 12/4 and just got back on Saturday morning. I moved from my 3 bdrm/2 bath house in Chicago back to my small duplex and have really struggled to get rid of things. It's been 7 years and I'm still going through stuff. At least I can honestly say that every box has finally been opened!

I have friends who are looking at the 'tiny house' phenom. I liken it to moving into a travel trailer or a motor home so imagine that is kind of what you are talking about. My apt is small. I should figure out the square footage one of these days. The other side of the duplex where my mom lives is bigger and also has the full basement underneath. The laundry room, hot water heater and furnace and stuff like that are in the basement so we share that space. I would just like to get all my stuff whittled down to fit inside my apt with the exception of the holiday things. Books and kitchen stuff are the hardest for me to let go of. Plus, my husband died and I have lots of things that he loved that have been very hard for me to let go of until very recently.

It IS doable. But it isn't easy. I just keep plugging away...and some days it feels like I've made a bigger mess than I've cleaned up.

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I'm bookmarking these pages, I'm trying to downsize my possessions from a 1200 sq foot stuffed to the gills house with basement and storage shed to a hopefully 66 seat school bus in the next 2 years. or a camper, whatever my husband can psych himself up to buy and fix up. he's not very much of a self starter on new projects so we shall see. it's a job we COULD do, but WILL he accept the challenge himself that way I don't know.

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I have just been setting the clock for 30 minutes and getting started. It's working!

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Have a friend and her sister used to live next door to me. She died 5 years ago in May and the house still hasn't sold. Long story...but she called me because she is going to start renting it to medical 'travelers' who sign a 12 week contract to work at our rural hospital and she is in dire need of some furnishing as it must be furnished. What a bonus for me as it needs to be ready by Saturday. So will be busy getting rid of some of my stuff to a good cause and not have to haul it very far!!

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I still do best by just setting the timer for 10 minutes. One tip I found helpful at 365 was to take everything off the shelf or out of the cupboard, clean the shelf and THEN decide, item by item if it can go back. Do I love it? Would I buy it if I saw it tomorrow? How often do I use it? The part about buying it again is particularly helpful to me!

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I ma having a rough time on sticking to my decision to declutter,but I am getting back on track.

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I am having a hard time sticking to my decisions. Does this mean I haven't really made a decision? I wonder how I get to the decision into consistent action?

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I finally read this article because I have problems making decisions, I just freeze.
The examples were really helpful, but this one line brought it all together, "I have a greater desire to liberate the space than I do to keep the item."

Thank you for posting the link.

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I went to this link and read this blog where she takes me through looking at an item, her thought process about the item, what she finally did with it, and any thing which resulted.

My explanation is long-winded. How she makes her decisions was helpful to see. I found this blog worth my time. Give it a whirl

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I enjoyed the article. I am looking at things now and asking myself if they are worth moving.

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I'm a big fan of 365 Less Things. www.365lessthings.com/

Today they posted an example of how they make a decision on an item. It had pictures of the items they chose along with their thoughts on each item.

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