Sometimes life gets busy and we lose sight of our hopes and dreams in deference to the here and now.  Though I try to be a forward and positive thinker, this has happened to me lately.  That’s when I decided to start clearing the clutter.

By minimizing the things in our lives we are making room for creativity, joy and love. It says we can live in the white space. We don’t need things to make us feel worthy. ~ Karen Shatafian

This is happening! #tossit http://lisapietsch.com/2016/05/tossit/

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Karen’s blog (linked above) was published halfway through my month-long challenge to clear the clutter in my home.  The idea of making room was my primary goal, but it wasn’t about square footage.  Sometimes we have so much stuff that it ends up owning us instead of us owning it.  That’s what seemed to be happening to me.

When my ex-husband moved to Germany, he filled much of my small house and garage with things he didn’t want with his stated reason being that it was “all stuff the kids could use”.

Well…

They hate using that dining room set as much as I do.

It uncluttered his house, but loaded my place up with a ton of stuff I neither needed nor wanted!  I’ve been spending the past two and a half years trying to sort through it all.

This year, I drew the line.  This month, shit got real.

This month, I decided to do a month-long challenge to clear the clutter one day at a time.  Every day of the month, something had to go.  And every day of the month, something did!  It’s been GLORIOUS!

June 4 – All those containers we thought we might use for crafts someday…Recycled! #tossit http://bit.ly/toss-it

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*Bonus #tossit #Cat scratching post. bit.ly/toss-it

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I documented everything on Instagram and fully intend to keep on doing this every day, even when the month is over.

*Bonus #tossit 1st Gen #kindle #nook bit.ly/toss-it

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*Bonus #tossit Who uses tube TVs anymore? Bit.ly/toss-it

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This morning, 27 days in, I managed to get into a corner of the garage that has been impossible to enter for years.  It had just been a corner when I kept a large garbage can filled with mops, brooms, and garden tools, but it exploded into this cardboard and bubblewrap abomination.

June 7 – #tossit Green Machine with a broken wheel. Nobody’s going to ride that. Bit.ly/toss-it

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I got the last of the cardboard and bubblewrap out of there today and TA-DA! I found a kettlebell, some dumbells, and some wrist/ankle weights I’d completely forgotten I had!  (Though I’ll probably donate most of those too.)

Today’s #tossit: a box of #books that were collecting dust will find new life at the #YMCA book drive. Bit.ly/toss-it

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I’ve also decided that I can part with the unused furniture in the garage too.  I’ll be calling Goodwill for a pickup this week!

Today’s #tossit 2 stacks of clothes I haven’t worn in years. #donate #clothes #minimalism

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All in all, I have to say that this exercise has been extremely liberating.  Things I didn’t need or use were piling up and yet they had no purpose in my life anymore.

Not only has this exercise freed up more space in my home, but it has been freeing psychologically as well.  I’ve enjoyed giving books and DVDs to the Library that I’ve used regularly for years.  It is an opportunity to give back and it feels good.

Today’s #tossit – a big box of baby books is going to the San Antonio Public #Library @mysapl. #book #baby #donation #read

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More of today’s #tossit

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I’ve enjoyed donating household items to Goodwill, knowing that somebody else may be able to use them just as I did when I was starting my life over after a divorce.

It feels good and it feels like much less of a burden than it did before.

I’m so happy I did this little experiment and so glad I could share these things with people and organizations that could use them.  I don’t have cash available for donating, but donating what I have has made me feel just as good.

Let me know if you decide to give it a try.

 

Today’s #tossit – hundreds of square feet of boxes and bubble wrap! #clutter #minimalism #cardboard #bubblewrap

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