Archive | January, 2013
31 Jan

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Lol I love this. I this is the reason why I thought everything was clean and it was not.

When I saw this on Facebook, It got me to thinking on HOW I purge, de clutter, and clean. So I am learning to tackle one area, room at a time. But this theory has it side effects! Right now my house is not very neat, or clean. So I do have some cleaning to do over the next few days. But it would be worse IF I had not purged weeks ago.

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It is not what you can see…

27 Jan

This process has been in a word.” Trying”.

My friend Bonnie and I were talking,  she said it is not what you can see, but the stuff you cannot. She and her husband clean out any one of their many closets almost weekly. So I thought about that.

A few weeks ago I went in my closet and ” Cleaned it out” well this morning I went in there looking for a sweater, (I have the flu this week). And this is what I pulled out.

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I am very hard on shoes, mostly due to my flat feet. The rule is you never wear the same shoes everyday when you have flat feet, so your shoes will last longer. Well I never do that. Needless to say all of these shoes are headed to the trash. As a matter of fact I am putting them in the coach shopping bag that I though I would
” need”  one day. Behind all the shoes is a 17 inch monitor that went to an desk top that the hard drive went out two years ago.  Which I still should have thrown away because everyone in the house has laptops. So that is going to goodwill along with some clothes, bedding sets, pot and pans, dishes, flatware and a few other things.

here is something I can see….

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A lot of people might say, ” Hey that is not bad, everything is neat” well I plan on getting rid of all of this also. Starting with my music, all of it can be downloaded and put on an drive. The movies will come later, I will have to buy at least a 1-2 TB to hold the movies I do have and the ones I planing on having in the future.

Getting to buying stuff…

At first I said I was not going to buy anything for a whole year, BUT there are some things I have to buy to make this process easier for me.

1- New laptop or desktop, I do not have one
2- 1-2 TB hard drive

I might spend 1,500 on both of these., so I will saving for this.

Well that is it, going to bag up the old shoes, and put them in the trash.

Tomorrow, we will talk about everyone graveyard…. or the Garage!

Thinking

26 Jan

In 2011 I read about this thing called minimalism, I downloaded a free book. I started reading it. I played around with it. Then I put it on a shelf once in while visiting it.

Then I saw this question

If you offered a job across the country and you had to be there in 3 days, how long will it take you to pack and move?

I looked around my house and saw all the stuff I owned. Then I though about something my husband said, ” You want stuff just to say you own it”. When he said it I did admit it to myself. ( but I never told him)

So I said it out loud. “You have crap, just to say you own it”. Just like that!

What is next? Well like everything in my life I started thinking about. I started to say to myself this is more than throwing stuff out. So I went to the very first book I read about minimalism by Joshua Fields Willburn and  Ryan Nicodemus. It was a book of essays, that made me think. I need to understand my need to own and it effects my life. So here I am, in the middle of my stuff, all the stuff that always made me feel like this great person. The stuff my husband and I got, smiled in front of, showed to our friends and family. The stuff that I would give away to anyone who wants it if he was alive today.

And there it is…..
My first reason to get rid of stuff. I cleaned out his closet, packed up his clothes, I gave some away, donated some and kept a little. I was holding on to a dream and it was OK let it go. As painful as it was he was not coming back.

Since I was there, I took a lot of my own stuff and donated it also.
I see that the dream I was in, all the perfect things he and I shopped hours for making choices as a couple buying things was weighing me down.  I cannot be free of stuff till I found a way to let it go in my mind.

So it starts

The starting point.

25 Jan

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Need I say more? The first picture is from a few days ago, when I decided it was time to change my life. Most of it is trash, some of it I am giving away because it have 2,3 or 4 of them. The pictures after is of my garage. Full of stuff.