Wednesday, January 16, 2013
More Decluttering. More Personal Growth.
Oh wow. Somehow Grace must have sprinkled some Happy Dust (or something) over me because I'm still loving that Get Rid of 10 Things Everyday game. It's fun, invigorating. Freeing, certainly.
Now, have I been faithful to play every single day since January 1st as my resolution stated? Nah, I've taken at least three days off.
But you know? I'm certainly not going to condemn myself for that because 1.) I no longer do condemnation. It's a major time and life waster and 2.) That still means, in just 13 days, I've gotten rid of (or have set aside to be hauled away) approximately 130 items. I'm still that much farther ahead than I would have been had I not made a resolution.
When we moved from the farm, Tom and I released hundreds of things. I was ruthless--or so I thought. But here in a different house and a 17-months-older me, I'm able to release more--more dvd's, books, frames, clothes, trinkets, dishes, paper stuff and etc.
So I played the game again this afternoon and after some doubtful decluttering of dvd's (will I regret this decision some dark night when I'm in the mood to watch this and it's not instantly at Netflix, either?), I found that Kim had posted this at Facebook:
Keep or Toss: Questions and Tips to Help You Declutter
A resolve helper, indeed, especially with their questions like this one:
"Would I keep this if I were to move? In other words, would it be worth packing up, carrying around, and unpacking in a new space?"
Uh, oh... busted! I'd told myself repeatedly, "We still have room for this now, but when we move, I'll be able to easily let it go then." Hmm... should I really keep something I'll so easily fling to the wind in a couple years?
Who knows? Perhaps if I let it go now, room will be made for new blessings for this newer person I'm becoming here. Not just physical blessings, either--not more stuff--but maybe other gifts like feeling even freer, happier and more grateful than I've felt lately. A noticeable change happened this past month and perhaps some letting go of stuff--making some new uncluttered space--would help me become, well, even more... more able to accept the silences, to hear helpful things and to grow further. And more likely to wisely use my time so that I'll fulfill another goal--to be prepared for anything 2013 may shove at me.
Perhaps tossing items our old selves loved, going deeper in our decluttering, can and does add to personal growth-- maybe clearing pathways for God to go deeper within us. Maybe the joy comes from obedience, who knows?
All I know is that--so far--the deep decluttering process has felt amazing, productive and as though Grace is flinging around that Happy Dust all over the place.
How good to crawl out of our own self-made ruts and run free in the sunlight!
Yay! Finally the movie, Housekeeping, is on dvd. I've waited literally years, but I've been grateful for my much-used, decomposing video version. I told you about it here.
I'll be able to throw away my fat video and replace it with a skinny dvd, thanks partially to Swagbucks who gave me a new gift card today (get the coupons.com coupons from Swagbucks and you'll earn ten points each time you use a coupon at your store. Four-hundred-fifty points equals a $5 gift card. There are many daily ways to earn gift cards there.). Also, I'll soon earn another gift card from Savingstar. Love those places.
Oh! I bought 4 Duncan Hines cake mixes today for just .25 cents each. And okay... not health food! But nice to have around for company dinners.
Find coupons for the cake mixes (signature red velvet flavor only) here. You can print two coupons per computer. (My upstairs computer finally began printing coupons again after months of not doing so. My, my, my.... Color me ecstatic!)