If ever there were a time to eliminate anything in our lives that weighs us down or holds us back - or just plain depresses us - it's now. I can't say it enough, you can't grow if you don't let go... And most of you know that my aim for you in writing Throw Out Fifty Things is not for you to live a tidy, well organized life - but for you to be free. Free of the past so you can create a future that thrills you.
Sometimes all our stuff has to be ripped away from us for us… Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on June 30, 2009 at 11:52am —
I have a dog who likes to sit on chairs- this is ok as he is little and old- kind of like me- but as I have been cleaning
and clearing out I realized we had a chair that looked like a dog sat there --- so my head as been saying to take that chair outside and use it up for summer and then off to the dump-( it is fine for summer sitting in our part of the country)
today I took the chair out- and with it I let go of memories that I have but no longer need to keep- there are other… Continue
Added by Marilyn (Meme) on June 29, 2009 at 12:49am —
Added by StephanieRose Keiser on June 28, 2009 at 4:46pm —
I had my kitchen cleaned and etc. a few weeks ago but when I came home the other day I did not find any comfort while standing in there.
So I sat down and thought out some things and decided to have another go at the kitchen-and see if I could make it more user friendly and more comforting.
I worked hard for 3 days and tossed and organized and moved ( yes, Meme moved the fridge). I did this all by myself and this was important to me as I was so used to having dear papa hubby… Continue
Added by Marilyn (Meme) on June 23, 2009 at 12:56am —
It's all about passion. I've always believed that very little good happens without passion - passion for the job, passion for the end result, passion for the possiblity. It's true in a country, a company or a life. It's true whether you're an entertainer, a politician, a baseball player or a small business owner. Passion drives profits; passion works miracles. So I've been thinking that in spite of these very tough times, we've got to get back in touch with what we're really passionate about -… Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on June 19, 2009 at 11:53am —
If you'd told me that I didn't NEED any new clothes for the summer ( I knew I wasn't going to BUY any, but I was sure I NEEDED them...) I wouldn't have believed you - until I followed the advice of most of the current women's magazines and went "shopping in my closet." I'm not kidding. I decided I'd look at all my stuff as if I'd never seen any of it before - shoes, belts, skirts, pants, T-shirts, jackets - and see what kinds of new outfits I could invent. I'd really never done that before.… Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on June 16, 2009 at 3:30pm —
A quick run through, that's the real reason I’m even in this space right now is: a) it’s 60 and cloudy so it’s not too hot b) I’ve piles of things that need to go into storage – finally took down the “winter” decoration on the DR chandelier – and I can’t even walk in the space so a quick clean out is over due… The Christmas Deco clean out will just have to wait until December. Less than an hour, things are tidy again! Plus, my daughter is nagging me to move into the 3rd fl playroom so she can… Continue
Added by Sue Triggs-Rhuda on June 11, 2009 at 12:55pm —
I have the bedroom done for now although there are some things I keep planning in my heart.
Then I was off to the bathroom which was no contest as grand daughter lives here and that is about all I have to say.
If you have lived with a teen age gal, then you know how many bottles of shampoo they require and
all the other girl stuff-. I did a good tidy and tossed some things of mine- I did not toss her things as
that is not my job. I think that is an important thing to… Continue
Added by Marilyn (Meme) on June 11, 2009 at 2:29am —
I let go of the type of person I think I am or am not. I thought that the 'brainy' type was taken by brother #1 and the 'funny' type was taken by brother #2. But I can by brainy or funny if I want to be too. I used to be the sensitive type. But that got blown away after living in Nigeria. You simply can't be shy and live there. Now I can tell you, "You are standing on my toe, and please get off now."
I am now recasting myself as the 'fun-loving' type. My husband was delighted to hear… Continue
Added by Nanci Singleton on June 10, 2009 at 12:21pm —
I stopped comparing myself with my brother. I love my brother. He is a genius. He speaks English, French, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin. The Cantonese was self-taught. He also plays the piano, violin, viola and cello, and he composes music too. When we were growing up he had the reputation as 'the brainy one' and my other brother was 'the funny one'. What was I? I felt that there was no way I would ever be able to measure up to either one of them, so I decided to be 'the artsy… Continue
Added by Nanci Singleton on June 10, 2009 at 12:10pm —
When I was jogging around the reservoire in Central Park this morning (not a nice day; rainy, windy, thunder, really crummy...) it occurred to me that we can get other people to do a lot of things for us - color our hair, do our nails, massage our aching bodies - but no one can do our workouts for us. We have to do it. There's just no getting around it. When I was in my teens, I was a competitive swimmer and had to swim at least a hundred laps a day, just to warm up. There were many times when… Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on June 9, 2009 at 4:49pm —
I got a lot of things done today because we have rain that is also snow at times so it was
not fit day for man or beast to go outside. I did clear out at least 50 things since I started to
sort out the bedroom..
I just put down check marks as I do not want to get bogged down with lists. I know myself
too well- some is gone, some things went to where they really belonged, and some is going to be giving
away as soon as I get a good day for travel. The main thing is… Continue
Added by Marilyn (Meme) on June 6, 2009 at 12:17am —
Throw out count: 2
I recently threw out some old make up I had.
Crunch time, Grace Institute's program is winding down and now finals are approaching.
It's strange to see how people react to stress, some laugh and crack jokes and yet some cry,( I mean literally someone burst into tears today in the computer lab) Thank Goodness for Chorus practice, it was a nice outlet for my stress. I only signed up to sing at the graduation, because I KNOW I'll be… Continue
Added by karol rubiano on June 4, 2009 at 11:51pm —
Have worked full time for more than the past 25 years, and also full and part time for 10 years before that. Retired last August. Deep cleaned over the few months following August and tossed the obvious clutter.
Did not touch the less obvious stuff:
The what if I need this some day stuff--e.g., the pink dress and dyed pink shoes to match I wore to our daughter's wedding, as I hate shopping, and I could "always wear to son's wedding" if he gets married to his girlfriend.
The stuff… Continue
Added by Trixie Belden on June 4, 2009 at 9:31am —
I checked out the work book and that means I need to start in the bedroom.
Right now, my bedroom is my safe place. It even seems strange to say my bedroom
because it was our room for so long. Hubby and I talked a lot about this room and when
he went to the hospital for the last time; we both decided that I needed a space where I
could be safe to grieve. It was a hard day as we both knew that he would not be coming
home again. I started to build myself a cozy nest… Continue
Added by Marilyn (Meme) on June 4, 2009 at 3:33am —
Sarah Bates and I had terrfic time together earlier today. She's terrific. She's definitely on a roll throwing stuff out - and has moved into the mental/emotional junk, too. She says she "wasn't born organized" - welcome to the club, right? But I reminded her that throwing stuff out isn't about being organized, it's about being free... She says even her boyfriend and her dog, Lola, are feeling perkier! Sarah was laid off and is looking for a job (welcome to the club again, right?) so we had a… Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on June 2, 2009 at 4:45pm —
We can spend a lot of time on bitterness and hanging on to old wounds. When ever we do this we put ourselves
through the injury again and again. Sometimes we are so bitter that we hurt others who had nothing to do with
the original wounding.
Letting go of bitterness is a work in itself as so much of the bitterness has taking root deep in our heart. One of the best
ways to remove weeds from the garden is to dig them up by the roots- one by one. We can put poison on them… Continue
Added by Marilyn (Meme) on June 2, 2009 at 12:42am —
I was a wife, mother and grandmother this time last year. But now I am a widow instead of a wife. I spent the winter in deep
sorrow until Easter Sunday. On that first day of the week the Lord rolled away the stone in my heart. I am still in grief
but now my grief has found joy. I decided it was time to begin spring cleaning in both my house and my heart.
So often we tend to just leave things as they are and keep things that have no meaning to us. I started by clearing… Continue
Added by Marilyn (Meme) on June 1, 2009 at 12:32am —