Throw Out Fifty Things

I first noticed Gail's book at the store. I didn't pick it up. My first reaction was: NO WAY! I mentally jumped away from the book as if the very idea was contagious! But over the next few weeks I found myself thinking about that title. That darn title. Hmmm....throw out 50 things? Could I do it? Sounds easy enough but there's probably a catch.

Well, needless to say, I did end up buying the book. I absorbed the information like a sponge....then I found the catch: 50 DIFFERENT Things! Arghh! I could throw out 50 magazines easy enough....but that only counts as ONE! But I find that I am committed now...I WILL NOT QUIT!

I am ashamed to say that I have ten to twenty times more things than I need. I have raised 5 children, with only 2 at home now. My energy is not what it once was, my physical limitations are depressing but somewhere along the way I lost who I was, who I am. It is my hope that through all of this purging that I will find myself. But I will admit that I am afraid. I hesitate. I stall. I ponder too much.

I find myself justifying why I should keep something instead of throwing it away. But that is only part of the problem. The other part are the other members of my household that ask why I am getting rid of this or that, that are hurt that I no longer want something. It is difficult to battle the 'voices' in my head but the outer voices do not help my determination.

Does anyone have any ideas for baby steps and/or motivation for a hard-core pack rat?

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